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After ISIS: Perspectives of Displaced Communities from Ninewa on Return to Iraq’s Disputed Territory

After ISIS: Perspectives of Displaced Communities from Ninewa on Return to Iraq’s Disputed Territory

Executive Summery  Recently, military developments and international involvement have resulted in ISIS retreating from some areas previously under its control in Iraq. As these areas become accessible again, IDP communities struggle to return while the potential for renewed conflict remains alarmingly high. In order to understand current conflict dynamics and prepare for conflict sensitive peace building programs responding to...
Iraq: Curbs Put War’s Displaced at Risk

Iraq: Curbs Put War’s Displaced at Risk

Restrictions Based on Area of Origin Prevent Safe Entry for Many Human Rights Watch – Beirut Iraqi authorities are preventing thousands of families fleeing the fighting in Ramadi from reaching safer parts of the country. The government of Iraq has primary responsibility for protecting internally displaced people and should allow those fleeing danger in Ramadi...
Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdad – Al monitor Cafe Ridha Alwan in central Baghdad’s Karrada district was packed with customers, mostly intellectuals, when an explosion rang out May 2 followed by gun shots. Sirens of the ambulance and firefighter trucks were heard wailing in the streets near the blast area. People rushed to leave the cafe for fear that another car would explode, as double-car...
Matter of National Security? The Turkish-Kurdish 'Secret Agreement'

Matter of National Security? The Turkish-Kurdish ‘Secret Agreement’

niqash | Sulaymaniyah  An 18-month-old “secret agreement” between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey goes for 50 years and potentially affects national security and oil exports. Nobody knows what’s in it but critics suggest it may not have a legal leg to stand on. In November 2013 the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and neighbouring Turkey signed...
Iraqi Army Sets Sights on Fallujah, Mosul

Iraqi Army Sets Sights on Fallujah, Mosul

Mustafa al-Kadhimi – Al-monitor On the evening of April 2, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Tikrit from the Islamic State (IS) and the raising of the Iraqi flag over the local government building. Tikrit is the first major Iraqi city to be retaken from the extremist group. IS first occupied Fallujah in January 2014 and then took Mosul...
PAX Iraq Alert: Post-ISIS peacebuilding strategy needed now

PAX Iraq Alert: Post-ISIS peacebuilding strategy needed now

Dutch peace organisation PAX is highly concerned that there is no peacebuilding strategy to complement military operations combating ISIS. The US-led coalition against ISIS (the coalition) supports the Iraqi Army and the Kurdish Peshmerga by bombarding ISIS positions, but if the coalition wants the re-conquest of Mosul province to be a step towards a more...
Marriage Mosul-Style: Love in the Time of the "Caliphate"!

Marriage Mosul-Style: Love in the Time of the “Caliphate”!

niqash | Khales Joumah | Mosul  Despite restrictions of life under extremist rule and an uncertain future, locals in Mosul are still getting married. In fact, rumour has it that even the leader of Daesh (the Islamic State group) recently joined them in matrimonial bliss. It has been almost ten months to the day since...
Lies and Crazy Rumours: What Iraqis Believe About the USA

Lies and Crazy Rumours: What Iraqis Believe About the USA

niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad Iraq’s security crisis has caused local media to take sides more than ever. Amid the misinformation are conspiracy theories about how the US is secretly on the extremists’ side. Problem is, a lot of Iraqis believe the stories. In the battles for hearts and minds playing out in the...
More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians 'Hostage' in Mosul

More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians ‘Hostage’ in Mosul

niqash | Mosul  The Islamic State group recently re-issued rules about who could and could not leave the city they control, Mosul. Fearing that they will be used as human shields by the extremists, many people have tried to leave, using fake medical certificates and the services of people smugglers. However the new rules are...
Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army's Attention

Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army’s Attention

Al-Monitor – Mushreq Abbas Contradiction prevails in official announcements regarding the course of the battles against the Islamic State (IS) and the group’s movements on the ground. When Iraqis were expecting a Mosul liberation battle, IS rushed to send additional fighters to Anbar, Salahuddin and Kirkuk in a bid to open new fronts, with the aim...
Iraq ... A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Iraq … A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Oday Hatem Nearly 12 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, which was supposed to bring about a transition to democracy in Iraq, all the facts on the ground today indicate that the country is moving to become a theocratic state, totally dominated by the clergy. Iraq is becoming a unique case that resembles...
Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Human Rights Watch – New York Killings, Kidnappings, Forced Evictions Abuses by militias allied with Iraqi security forces in Sunni areas have escalated in recent months. Residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped, and in some cases summarily executed. At least 3,000 people have fled their homes in the Muqdadiyya area of Diyala province...