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OCHA Iraq: Civilians Fleeing Fallujah Urgently Need Protection and Help

OCHA Iraq: Civilians Fleeing Fallujah Urgently Need Protection and Help

Baghdad – 25 May 2016 – Press release by UNOCHA Iraq. Humanitarian agencies on the ground in Iraq are warning that civilians in Fallujah in Iraq are at extreme risk. “We are receiving distressing reports of civilians trapped inside Fallujah who are desperate to escape to safety, but can’t,” said Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian...
Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

24 May 2016 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Iraq We urge the Iraqi Government to immediately conduct an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the use of force by security forces against protestors outside the Green Zone in Baghdad last Friday. Four protestors were killed and up...
Iraq: Security Challenges Do not Give Carte Blanche to Commit Human Rights Violations

Iraq: Security Challenges Do not Give Carte Blanche to Commit Human Rights Violations

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – PRESS RELEASE The daily security threats that plague the lives of Iraqi civilians must not open the door to more human rights violations, Amnesty International warned today at the end of a six-day trip to Baghdad and Erbil headed by the organization’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty. Both the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan...
Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Faris Kamal Nazmi, April 19, 2016. A primary reading for what happened in the Iraqi parliament. The manner of speaking and physical appearance of the prime minister, in his  speech before the parliament, suggested that he was the director of a bankrupt company, tired and desperate, trying to prove his own innocence to those investors...
Speaker Of Iraqi Kurdish Parliament: ‘If Barzani Stepped Down Now, He Would Be A Model President’

Speaker Of Iraqi Kurdish Parliament: ‘If Barzani Stepped Down Now, He Would Be A Model President’

Honar Hama Rasheed – Niqash The banned Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdish Parliament, Yusuf Mohammed, caused a storm at an elite political forum recently by implying senior Kurdish politicians were too stupid to rule. He told NIQASH why. The big drama at the recent Sulaymaniyah Forum, an annual conference organised by the American University in...
Does Obama Have This Right?

Does Obama Have This Right?

Thomas L. Friedman – Sulaimaniya, Iraq The New York Times As one could see from President Obama’s recent interview in The Atlantic, he pretty much hates all the Middle East’s leaders including those of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iran and the Palestinians. Obama’s primary goal seems to be to get out of...
Culture Despite War: Poetry Event in Basra Draws A Crowd

Culture Despite War: Poetry Event in Basra Draws A Crowd

Waheed Ghanim – Niqash In Basra, an event last week focusing on Iraq’s female writers and poets, drew a crowd from around the country despite the ongoing security crisis. Despite hardship and security woes, poetry is alive and well in Basra – as a four-day workshop and event that drew writers, poets and publishers to...
A Deadly Crossing: The Dangerous Escape Route Used by Iraqi Families Fleeing Extremist-Run Fallujah

A Deadly Crossing: The Dangerous Escape Route Used by Iraqi Families Fleeing Extremist-Run Fallujah

Kamal al-Ayash – Niqash Getting from Turkey to Europe was a cakewalk compared to escaping the Islamic State-run city of Fallujah, says one Iraqi. Fleeing families must cross a reservoir, in a ten-passenger boat, on an active battlefield. “Life had become impossible in the city of Fallujah,” Hamid Abu Ziad says. “So we made up...
The Picture of Ramadi from Inside: Alhmaim Expands his Influence and the Islamic Party Stick to the Front Battle

The Picture of Ramadi from Inside: Alhmaim Expands his Influence and the Islamic Party Stick to the Front Battle

Omar Al-Shaher,  Al-Alam Newspaper The people of Ramadi didn’t expect that the same wealthy man who belongs to inveterate and wealthy family will come again to take the part of being the big player in city of Ramadi after it has been liberated form Daesh. Abd Al-Latif Alhmaim came back lately to take the control...
UNHCR Concerned Over Restrictions on Freedom of Movement for Displaced Iraqis in Camps

UNHCR Concerned Over Restrictions on Freedom of Movement for Displaced Iraqis in Camps

Source – UNHCR This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 11 March 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The UN Refugee Agency is concerned about a rising trend of newly-displaced Iraqis being forcibly...
Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves

Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves

MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense One Behind the president’s directive to ‘accelerate’ the counter-ISIS campaign came a surge in the number of contractors assisting in the campaign against ISIS. The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number...
Post-Daesh Problems: Diyala Province Undergoing Violent Ethnic and Sectarian Cleansing

Post-Daesh Problems: Diyala Province Undergoing Violent Ethnic and Sectarian Cleansing

Aida Al-Khatib – Niqash Locals in Diyala province say the area is undergoing ethnic and sectarian “cleansing”. Sunnis are not being allowed back into the multi-ethnic province, post Daesh. Thanks to the security crisis caused by the extremist group known as the Daesh, the demographics of the province of Diyala are changing. The extremist group...