Year: 2015

ISHM 43: December 17 – 24, 2015

Key Takeaways: With U.S.-led coalition air support, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and tribal fighters are closing in on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Ramadi. Taking advantage of the urban terrain, an estimated 200-350 ISIS militants remain holed up in a southern district and the city center.… Read more

An EPIC Holiday Greeting

Amid relentless violence at the hands of ISIS in Iraq and daily updates to hateful rhetoric being spread here at home, it may seem that no matter how much we care, there is simply nothing we could do that would make any real difference. But there is. We have seen… Read more

ISHM 42: December 10 – 17, 2015

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and tribal fighters seized the areas of al-Malaab and al-Dhubat, al-Aramel neighborhood, and the Street 60 area from ISIS in Ramadi. This progress is widely attributed to the increasing numbers of tribal Sunni fighters who are assisting the ISF in this battle. Three more… Read more

ISHM 41: December 3 – 10, 2015

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in Ramadi cleared al-Matheeq area to the east of the city, and al-Tamim, 8th Shbat, and al-Qadisiyah neighborhoods to the south, of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISF forces were also successful in clearing al-Qassim bridge and the Anbar Operations Command… Read more

ISHM 40: November 20 – December 03, 2015

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and tribal forces continued to make slow progress in clearing Ramadi of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The slow progress can be attributed to ISIS’ use of suicide bombers, snipers, and booby traps, and the ISF’s focus… Read more

#23: A Trip Report on Iraq’s Displacement Crisis with Refugees International

Since the escalation of armed conflict in Iraq that began with ISIS seizing territory in Anbar in January 2014, 3.2 million people have fled their homes. As Refugees International reports: "They are living in rented accommodations, unfinished buildings, and makeshift camps, often without adequate food, water, or medical care." We talk with Refugees International's Senior Advocate Daryl Grisgraber about her recent mission to Baghdad and her visits to the southern city of Hilla and a hard-to-reach area in Anbar. Get a firsthand account of the crisis, including untold stories of some of the families most affected and of youth volunteers who are responding to their needs. We then share highlights of our recent briefing with Ahmed Ali, including his views on the fight against ISIS, the challenges facing Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and the recent unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan.

ISHM 38: November 5 – 12, 2015

Key Takeaways: An Iraqi Kurdish-led offensive aimed at retaking the city of Sinjar has begun. The majority of the offensive is comprised of Peshmerga forces, with thousands of Yazidi fighters supported by International Coalition forces. In August 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) captured the city of Sinjar,… Read more