Year: 2015

ISHM 33: October 3 – 8, 2015

Takeaways for October 3-8, 2015 The Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor (ISHM) will be released every Thursday now instead of Friday. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) retook the Olympic Stadium in western Ramadi, and advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the towns of Albu Faraj and… Read more

ISHM 32: September 26 – October 2, 2015

Takeaways for September 26-October 2, 2015 Under the Baghdad Operations Command, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) conducted operations to clear Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants from the Garma area east of Fallujah. ISF are also pressuring ISIS in eastern Ramadi and in the… Read more

The Power of Empathy and Advocacy

“I have long said that Americans are the most generous people in the world. But we do have the shortest attention spans. And when it comes to global crises today, I fear that too many in the United States believe that we can insulate ourselves from the world’s problems and… Read more

ISHM 31: September 19 – 25, 2015

Takeaways for September 19-25, 2015 In the provinces of Ninewa, Anbar and Kirkuk, a series of advances were reported by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs), and Peshmerga forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Dozens of civilians were killed, and… Read more

How Education and the Empowerment of Women Has Played a Pivotal Role in My Life

Unfortunately, women and children typically face more setbacks and trauma in times of conflict. Even during times of peace, many women and girls still endure gender and structural violence. All individuals have the right to live their lives without fear, conflict, or threat of violence. Thus, my decision to pursue… Read more

A Life in Service

My name is Tanesha Singletary, and I am a second year Masters candidate in International Affairs at American University’s School of International Service (SIS). At SIS, I am a part of the Comparative and Regional Studies program with a regional focus on the Middle East. My interests in the field… Read more

ISHM 30: September 11 – 18, 2015

Takeaways for September 11-18, 2015 There were ongoing but limited-scale clashes in Anbar province. Militarily, the province remains in a stalemate as ISIS is contained in Ramadi and Fallujah. There are calls to deliver further aid to Haditha in western Anbar and other areas besieged by ISIS, and growing calls… Read more

A Different Outlook

  When I was little, I loved solving puzzles. There was very little more satisfying than finally figuring out a riddle, or solving a logic problem, or beating a particularly tricky computer game. As I got older, the puzzles got bigger, more complicated, and infinitely more interesting. The harder a… Read more

ISHM 29: August 28 – September 4, 2015

Takeaways for August 28-September 04, 2015: The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) clashed with Katai’b Hezbollah (KH) in eastern Baghdad on September 3. Although brief, the violent confrontation resulted in the death of one Iraqi soldier and the injury of three other. The incident took place in the aftermath of the… Read more