Year: 2019

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: DECEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 27, 2019

  Summary: Most militant attacks during this reporting period happened in the Shora and Gwer sudistricts and outlying villages. Incidents included two attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against civilians and Iraqi security forces (ISF) in Gwer, and three with small arms fire in Shora that killed four civilians and… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: DECEMBER 13 – DECEMBER 20, 2019

  Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included five operations by Iraqi security forces (ISF) that led to the arrest of at least 18 suspected terrorists in various parts of Ninewa and the discovery of small amounts of weapons. Meanwhile, militants carried out two attacks in which two civilians… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 12 – DECEMBER 19, 2019

Key Takeaways: Deadline For Selecting New PM Extended As Deadlock Continues; U.S. Issues Warning To Iran, Plans To Reduce Diplomatic Staff In Iraq; Parliament Fails To Pass Election Law – On December 13, Iraq’s most senior cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, pressed the government to crack down on illegal armed groups… Read more

Colorado 5th Grader and Classmates Rally Support for Soccer Salam

  Earlier this year, EPIC received an email from Jacquelyn Thomas of Lakewood, Colorado. Jacquelyn is the mother of an extraordinary girl named Vanicia (who’s now 11 years old). Her mom wrote: “My daughter [is] raising funds for kids in Iraq. We would like to donate the money raised to… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: DECEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 13, 2019

  Summary: Security incident during this reporting period included two attacks with small arms and two with improvised explosive devices that in total killed one civilian and injured one civilian and one member of the Iraqi security forces (ISF). One other civilian was kidnapped while another was killed in unknown… Read more

Iraq’s Shabaks and the Search for Land Rights and Representation

Interview with Mr. Hussein al-Shabaki, member of the Free Shabak Movement This is the third in a series of interviews we had with representatives of various minority communities in Ninewa. More interviews will be published in the coming weeks. As part of EPIC’s work on Safe Return, a USAID project… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 12, 2019

Key Takeaways: New Election Law Remains Deadlocked; Gunmen Attacks On Protesters Push Death Toll Past 510; U.S. Sanctions Iraqi Militia Leaders, Politician; No Agreement On New PM As Deadline Approaches – On December 5, Iraq’s Parliament approved a new law for the country’s Independent High Election Commission, but disagreements continue… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 6, 2019

  Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included two kidnapping incidents targeting two civilians, one of whom was freed while the other was found murdered days after being kidnapped. There were also two small arms attacks in which three people were killed, two in the Sinjar area and one… Read more

NINEWA ISHM NO.6: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 29

Key Takeaways: Coalition resumes airstrikes over Ninewa; Turkey bombs Sinjar; Security forces intervene to prevent University students from demonstrating – The 53 security incidents recorded in Ninewa province by the research team during the reporting period included: 26 operations by Iraqi security forces (ISF), compared to 25 in the previous… Read more