Enabling Peace in Iraq Center


Key Takeaways: Protests Intensify And Government Forces Respond With Excessive Force; Debate Heats Up Over U.S. Forces Presence With Militias Planning Anti-U.S. Rallies On Friday; Two New Candidates Take The Lead In The Race For The Premiership –  On January 17, Iraqi protesters intensified their activity in several provinces as the January 20 deadline they set last week for Parliament to end political deadlock and select a new and independent prime minister approached and passed. Government forces responded to road closures by protesters with excessive force, including live bullets and tear gas, killing at least ten protesters in several provinces. On January 16, a spokesman for care-taker PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi denied that Iraq and the U.S.-led Coalition had resumed joint anti-ISIS operations. Meanwhile, militias increased their pressure for the expulsion of U.S. forces and are planning mass anti-U.S. protests on Friday (January 24). On January 22, 62 members of Parliament

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Displaced families near Mosul

Help make 2020 a better year for Iraq!

Iraq is at a crossroads. One path leads to the hopeful, democratic vision of Iraq’s youthful majority as we’ve seen expressed by mass rallies in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square and across Iraq. The other path leads to the continued violence, dysfunction, and corruption of autocratic rule. And now, at this fateful hour, the belligerent actions of President Trump and Tehran’s hardliners threaten to turn Iraq into a battlefield of their own zero-sum game, shortchanging the Iraqi people from a genuine opportunity

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EXPLAINER: The Impact of U.S.-Iran Hostilities on Iraqi Aspirations for Sovereignty, Peace and Democratic Reform

With the U.S. targeted killing of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani and U.S.-Iran confrontations on Iraqi soil, we are closely following fast moving events that carry very serious risks to people we care about, and for the future of peace and democratic reform in Iraq. WHAT WE KNOW Inside Iraq, Soleimani was a powerful agent of Iran’s malign influence in and increasing dominance over Iraqi politics. He orchestrated the violent crackdown against Iraq’s pro-democracy protesters, killing hundreds and wounding

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#37: The Iran-Iraq War and Its Enduring Impact on the Region

This week marks the 39th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan Province, starting the Iran-Iraq War. On this episode of IRAQ MATTERS, we talk with Joel Wing of “Musings on Iraq” and EPIC’s very own Omar Al-Nidawi about that war and its lasting consequences on the Middle East today.

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What We Are Doing to Help

Enhance Understanding

We enhance understanding so that Iraq’s story can be shared and understood in the United States and around the world.

Soccer Salam

An innovative initiative delivering hope and the joy of play to children and families recovering from violence in Iraq.

Safe Return

A restorative program to support victims of severe human rights abuses in Ninewa seeking to safely return home.