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Enabling Peace in Iraq Center

ISHM: FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 4, 2021

Key Takeaways: Several Killed In New Dhi-Qar Protests; Militias Lash Out After U.S. Strikes Target Them In Syria; Iraq’s Foreign Minister In Tehran To Control Fallout – On February 25, protesters calling for the dismissal of Dhi-Qar’s governor clashed with security forces in Nasiriyah. Iraq’s Human Rights Commission said that five days of clashes left five protesters deas and injured 247 people, but activists said as many as ten died. On February 26, PM Kadhimi appointed National Security chief Abdul Ghani al-Asadi as interim Dhi-Qar governor. On February 27, Asaib Ahl al-Haq leader Qais al-Khazali condemned the February 26 U.S. airstrikes on Iraqi militias in Syria, calling for the removal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Kataeb Hezbollah accused Saudi Arabia and the UAE of assisting the U.S. operation. Other militia affiliates accused PM Kadhimi of giving the U.S. targeting information. On February 27, Iraq’s Foreign Minister visited Tehran, where he

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Our Appeal for a Brighter, Safer New Year

As the New Year begins, we have a special opportunity to double our impact for lasting peace in Iraq. Two generous EPIC supporters have agreed to match all gifts up to $15,000! With this opportunity, you can help make 2x the impact in 2021. In Sinjar, we are empowering community-based activists to use creative story-telling and change strategies to address critical issues in their communities. After a series of workshops along with ongoing mentoring by our team, the activists are

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Closing the US Embassy in Baghdad Is the Wrong Answer

Originally published by the LSE Middle East Center Blog – October 5, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s threat to close the American embassy in Baghdad exposes a dangerous dichotomy in the Trump administration’s Iraq policy. Less than six weeks ago, the administration gave visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and his colleagues a warm reception, offering support to help the Kadhimi government cope with Iraq’s severe economic crisis, prepare for early elections, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and assert greater state

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#38: Social Media and Iraq’s Protest Movement

The nonviolent struggle for democratic reforms in Iraq is now well into its fifth month of sustained protests against the government. We talk with Hayder Hamzoz, founder of INSM (Iraqi Network for Social Media), a network of Iraqi bloggers and citizens journalists. Hayder shares his perspective on how the protests work and the critical role that social media activists are playing on both the physical and digital front lines of Iraq’s protest movement.

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iraq covid relief

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