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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...
Once Daesh is Defeated, Iraq Will Have to Mend a Divided Society

Once Daesh is Defeated, Iraq Will Have to Mend a Divided Society

Diwan / Maha Yahya As the campaign to retake Mosul continues, Iraqis are celebrating it as an embodiment of national unity. The offensive has brought together the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and paramilitary groups, including the Popular Mobilization Forces (Al-Hashd al-Shaabi), or PMF, as well as Sunni tribal fighters. Early on this heightened expectations...
Erbil Helps Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Erbil Helps Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Shafaq News  On Thursday, the first of December, the Directorate of Health in Erbil City, the capital of Kurdistan Iraq, announced that its hospitals are full of injuries of the ongoing military operations to liberate Mosul. It claimed that the hospitals have no capacity nor space to receive more patients, and called for the KRG...
The opening of the National Curricula and Assessment Center in Erbil

The opening of the National Curricula and Assessment Center in Erbil

UNESCO Office for Iraq Erbil, 13 November 2016 – the new “National Curricula and Assessment Center” in Erbil was officially opened by H. Exc. Dr. Pshtiwan Sadiq Abdallah , Minister of Education of the Krdistan Regional Government, with the participation of UNESCO and UNICEF. The Center and its staff will play a leading role in...
Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

 UNESCO Office for Iraq Baghdad, 2 November 2016 –  a meeting of 15 senior officials from government, the Council of Representatives and representatives of the Iraqi media profession discussed information-sharing and reporting by Iraq on the safety of journalists. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Hamid Khalef from the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council (PMAC) and...
'Crashing waves' of jihadists fray soldiers' nerves in Mosul battle

‘Crashing waves’ of jihadists fray soldiers’ nerves in Mosul battle

  By Dominic Evans and Ahmed Rasheed | BAGHDAD – Reuters A week after his tank division punched through Islamic State defenses on the southeast edge of Mosul, an Iraqi army colonel says the fight to drive the militants out of their urban stronghold is turning into a nightmare. Against a well-drilled, mobile and brutally...
Pledge Your Allegiance: Iraqi Policemen Who ‘Repented’ To Extremists, Not Allowed To Return Home

Pledge Your Allegiance: Iraqi Policemen Who ‘Repented’ To Extremists, Not Allowed To Return Home

An Iraqi soldier in Fallujah stands next to IS group graffiti that has been crossed out. (photo: احمد الربيعي) Kamal al-Ayash : Niqash The Islamic State forced Anbar’s policemen to repent. Now those men want to return home – but the government won’t let them, saying they are deserters who may have sided with extremists....
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Political celebs, from left to right: Farsat Sofi, Ali Hama Salih, Soran Omar, Sherko Jawdat, Izzat Saber.   Maaz Farhan :Niqash A handful of Iraqi Kurdish politicians have become well-known as anti-corruption crusaders and disloyal dissenters. But can these newly-minted political celebrities actually make a difference? Many locals in the semi-autonomous northern region of Iraqi...
The Sky's Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

The Sky’s Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

One year ago in Paris, the world came together to finalize a new agreement to address the climate crisis. Together, countries committed to “[h]olding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would...
PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

Mosul: Peacebuilding After ISIS With the offensive on Mosul unfolding, awareness is growing that one day, military groups united in the struggle against ISIS in Iraq will no longer have a common enemy. New conflict dynamics will emerge that need to be addressed urgently. While the need for a longer-term political strategy is now broadly...
The Regional and Domestic Political Context of the Mosul Offensive

The Regional and Domestic Political Context of the Mosul Offensive

Sada – KIRK H. SOWELL qi security forces began direct operations to liberate Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, from the Islamic State (IS) the morning of October 17. Kurdish peshmerga forces, which controlled much of the area east and north of Mosul before 2014, began taking a series of villages east of the city....
Military operation on Mosul: the statement of UN OCHA

Military operation on Mosul: the statement of UN OCHA

As the military coalition advances and re-captures territory from Daesh militants, every military action is generating humanitarian needs. UN Secretary Gen. for Humanitarian Affairs O’Brien declared on Sept. 21, 2016: “The shortfall for the Mosul preparations comes in context of underfunding for the Humanitarian Response Plan – the backbone of the Iraq humanitarian operation –...