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The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq’s Future

The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq’s Future

Carnegie Middle East Center – Renad Mansour, Faleh A. Jabar In the fight against Daesh, Iraq’s fledgling security apparatus has fragmented into groups under, parallel to, and apart from the state. The largest organization outside direct government control is the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF)—over 60,000 fighters who stepped in to secure Iraq after state forces collapsed...
Hanaa Edwar:A Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression

Hanaa Edwar:A Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression

  GULF Center for Human Rights (Cairo, Beirut – 16 May 2017) The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), in cooperation with IFEX, have selected prominent human rights defender Hanaa Edwar from Iraq as the Defender of Human Rights and Freedom of Expression for...
How Can Iraq Address Child Abuse and Torture?

How Can Iraq Address Child Abuse and Torture?

Almonitor – Sara Alqaher Child abuse has become an increasingly widespread phenomenon in Iraq, with social networking sites playing a major role in detecting any of the abuse and torture cases. On April 10, the Human Rights Commission and the parliamentary Committee for Women, Family and Childhood condemned the rise of child abuse, describing it as brutal....
Firing Up Kurdish Nationalism in Iraq

Firing Up Kurdish Nationalism in Iraq

Yerevan Saeed – Washington Institute Last month, the governor of Kirkuk, Najmaldin Karim, raised the Kurdistan flag in the province, causing uproar inside Iraq and across the region. The Iraqi parliament denounced the unilateral decision, dismissing it as unconstitutional. The Kirkuk province itself was quick to condemn the action as well and asked for its...
What The War on Terror Looks Like: Iraq in The Eye

What The War on Terror Looks Like: Iraq in The Eye

Synaps – Loulouwa al-Rachid & Peter Harling The gap could not be greater between the war on the Daesh as it is narrated, on one side, and how it is experienced by ordinary people trapped in the crossfire, on the other. In Iraq, the story pushed by the various anti-Daesh protagonists is a consensual and simple one: as...
The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

  Middle East Reaserch Institute MERI This report views the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF) as having played an intrinsic role in the provision of security in Iraq since the dramatic rise of the Islamic State (IS). However, through the lens of nationalism it analyses the negative role the PMF may play once IS...
Running Qandil: The Controversial Kurdish Region, Inside The Kurdish Region

Running Qandil: The Controversial Kurdish Region, Inside The Kurdish Region

  Niqash – Saman Omer In Iraqi Kurdistan, there is a semi-independent region within the semi-independent region. The controversial Kurdistan Worker’s Party run an area on the border. But not everyone likes that. You don’t need to drive very far from the major Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah to exit the terrain controlled by the government...
Will US keep military bases in Iraq after Daesh?

Will US keep military bases in Iraq after Daesh?

Mustafa Saadoun – Almonitor The subject of whether US troops should remain in Iraq once Daesh is defeated in Mosul is raising questions and fueling controversy among Iraqis. On March 26, the Iraqi government officially announced it favors the idea of some US forces staying. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a Fox News interview that he supports retaining enough US troops to support Iraqi forces in a...
Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan Issues its Annual Report for 2016

Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan Issues its Annual Report for 2016

The Peace and Freedom Organization (PFOK) is pleased to present its annual report for the year 2016. The report introduces the various activities and projects that were conducted in different regions of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq over the past year. While 2016 was a difficult year across Iraq as violence and conflict...
Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Leaders of the militias at a press conference in Najaf late last year. Source: Militias Mustafa Habib / Niqash For some time now it has been clear that Iraq’s Shiite Muslim militias have political ambitions. The militias were formed by volunteers in 2014 in order to fight the extremist group known as Daesh, but have...
He’s Not Good Enough For You: In Northern Iraq, Tribal Traditions Build On Ancient Class System

He’s Not Good Enough For You: In Northern Iraq, Tribal Traditions Build On Ancient Class System

Dashty Ali – Niqash Tribal traditions around marriage in northern Iraq prevent young people from marrying outside the social group; it’s both the root and the symptom of an ancient tribal class system.   Although Iraqi Kurdish cities may appear relatively liberal, there is still a kind of class war going in in many parts...
Iraq: Daesh Attacking Civilians in Mosul Retreat

Iraq: Daesh Attacking Civilians in Mosul Retreat

Human Rights Watch (Erbil) – Fighters with the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) have indiscriminately attacked civilian areas in eastern Mosul with mortar rounds and explosives, and deliberately shot at fleeing residents, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraqi and coalition forces have also killed and wounded civilians by striking or deploying from homes. Fleeing...