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Sectarian is A Widespread Plague over the Digital Space

Sectarian is A Widespread Plague over the Digital Space

From the Study of Alexandra Siegel on Sectarianism and Counter Sectarianism Online Carnegie Endowment for Internationals Peace From fiery sermons disseminated by Salafi televangelists to gory videos circulated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, sectarian narratives and hate speech are on the rise across the Arab world. As the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen rage...
What’s Next for Anbar?

What’s Next for Anbar?

Omar Sattar – AlMonitor Baghdad — The city of Ramadi was liberated on Dec. 28, and Iraqi security troops accompanied by the Tribal Mobilization Forces, which are affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Units, advanced toward the remaining cities of Anbar province that were overrun by the Daesh in May 2015. Despite this, fears remain that political and...
In the Regional Power Struggle, has Erbil Decided to Join the Sunni Bloc?

In the Regional Power Struggle, has Erbil Decided to Join the Sunni Bloc?

Frzand Sherko – fikraforum The security of the Kurdistan Region-Iraq (KRI) depends more on agreements between Erbil and Kurdistan’s neighbors than the KRI’s own security and intelligence capabilities. Whenever the regional powers surrounding the KRI have suspected that their interests are at risk, they have not hesitated to put the KRI’s security and stability in jeopardy to...
AI Report on Northern Iraq: Banished and Dispossessed

AI Report on Northern Iraq: Banished and Dispossessed

A report by Amnesty International, Jan 20, 2016. Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish militias in northern Iraq have bulldozed, blown up and burned down thousands of homes in Arab villages. Though KRG officials have tended to justify the displacement of Arab communities on grounds of security, it appears to be...
In Iraq the Tribes are going Nuts

In Iraq the Tribes are going Nuts

Muhamed Hassan Basra is breathing a sigh of relief for a little while following a lull in fighting among tribal organisations. Most of the tribal conflicts have been taking place on the outskirts of the city, and it involves using some medium to heavy weaponry. It is a major source of anxiety for local residents...
Turkey-Daesh: Is the Honeymoon Over?

Turkey-Daesh: Is the Honeymoon Over?

Muhamed Hassan How do we evaluate the relationship between Turkey and Daesh after the deadly Istanbul explosion that is ‘caused by Daesh suicide bomber’? To start with, the relationship between the two has never been in the open. Conspiracy theories are awash with rumours regrading the implicit detente between Turkey and Daesh. Until recently, Turkey...
HRW on Iraq: Ethnic Fighting Endangers Civilians

HRW on Iraq: Ethnic Fighting Endangers Civilians

A report by Human Rights Watch released on January 13, 2016. Kurdish and Shia Turkmen armed groups have repeatedly harmed and endangered civilians in clashes in Iraq’s Tuz Khurmatu district, in Salah al-Din province, since October 2015. The armed groups have killed, wounded, and abducted civilians and destroyed scores, if not hundreds, of homes and...
Iraqi Kurdistan: Lack of Democracy Overshadows Dream of Independence

Iraqi Kurdistan: Lack of Democracy Overshadows Dream of Independence

Muhamed Hassan Iraqi Kurds are hungry for independence. If things had not turned sour after Daesh seized Mosul in summer 2014, the kurds would have probably got not far from declaring a referendum for independence. They believe that Kurdistan should not have been part of Iraq since the declaration of Iraq’s state in the Sykes-Picot...
IRAQ: What Lies Ahead in 2016?

IRAQ: What Lies Ahead in 2016?

By Muhamed Hassan, Jan 3, 2016. After more than a decade of mismanaging the economy, public sector workers in Iraq and their counterparts in the private sector are going through a period of deep anxiety and worry of the unknown in 2016. Employees of all disciplines are distraught that sooner or later the country might...
Iraq: Daesh Atrocities Fuelled by Decades of Reckless Arms Trading

Iraq: Daesh Atrocities Fuelled by Decades of Reckless Arms Trading

Source: Amnesty International, December 2015. Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well as lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale in Iraq and...
Messy Missions: Uncoordinated Diplomacy Takes Iraqi Kurdish Political Crisis to the World

Messy Missions: Uncoordinated Diplomacy Takes Iraqi Kurdish Political Crisis to the World

Kawa Sheikh-Abdulla Niqash – Sulaimaniya Three diplomatic missions left Iraqi Kurdistan over the last fortnight. But they only served to demonstrate the political infighting in the northern region to the rest of the world. In early December three different delegations left the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan for international destinations. The diplomatic missions had a...
Choosing to Return? Prospects for Durable Solutions in Iraq

Choosing to Return? Prospects for Durable Solutions in Iraq

OXFAM Executive Summary – December 2015 Nearly ten months since the earliest reports of returnees in parts of the country, a humanitarian crisis of significant proportions remains. Whilst more than 415,000 individuals have returned to their place of origin since conflict has subsided, approximately 3.2 million Iraqis are displaced inside Iraq, with more expected to face...