Month: March 2016

ISHM 56: March 25 – 31, 2016

Latest Takeaways: Last Friday, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and anti-ISIS tribal forces cleared the Kubaisa sub-district, 60 kilometers west of Ramadi, killing dozens of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) fighters. On the same day, ISF forces pushed ISIS out of the towns of al-Zaghareed… Read more

#25: Poetry and the Evolution of Free Speech in Iraq

EPIC Program Manager Taif Jany talks with celebrated Iraqi poet, activist, and human rights lawyer Amal al-Jubouri about the challenges to free speech that she faced prior to the 2003 US-led invasion, the importance of sharing Iraq's story with the world, and the role of young women in shaping Iraq's future.

ISHM 55: March 18 – 24, 2016

Key Takeaways: This morning, Iraq’s Joint Special Operations Command announced the start of operation to clear the city of Mosul of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). U.S. military spokesman Col. Steve Warren stated that the United States will provide ongoing air support for the operation, emphasizing that… Read more

ISHM Special Report: Thousands More Allegedly Affected by Chemical Weapons Attack on Taza

***SPECIAL REPORT*** Thousands More Allegedly Affected by ISIS’s Chemical Weapons Attack on Taza The head of an Iraqi humanitarian organization who visited the village of Taza Khurmato the week following a March 8, 2016 chemical weapons attack by the Islamic State or Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims that over 6,000… Read more

ISIS’s Chemical Weapons Attack on Civilians in Iraq: an Eyewitness Report on the Aftermath

Within days of the 28th anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on the residents of Halabja in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region – which a 1991 Human Rights Watch investigation called “the single largest chemical weapons attack against a civilian population in the world” – we are monitoring reports of chemical weapons… Read more

ISHM 54: March 11 – 17, 2016

Key Takeaways: This week, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) lost grounds in western Ramadi where Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and anti-ISIS tribal fighters successfully cleared the areas of al-Dawar, al-Qatnia, al-Khawdha, Banan and the village of al-Safiria. In addition, on Saturday, the ISF in conjunction with police, tribal… Read more

Reports on the Use of Chemical Weapons by ISIS

The Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor (ISHM) reports increasingly frequent and deadly incidents of the use of chemical weapons by ISIS against civilian populations. Recent attacks in western Mosul are being actively investigated by the Iraqi Government in cooperation with international and humanitarian partners. Below is a compilation of selections… Read more