Year: 2019

NINEWA ISHM NO.5: SEPTEMBER 27 – OCTOBER 25

Key Takeaways: Noticeable decreases in security forces operations compared to September as insurgent attacks continue; Coalition air strikes halted – The 39 security incidents recorded in Ninewa province by the research team during the reporting period included: 25 operations by Iraqi security forces (ISF) (compared to 52 in August and… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 24 – OCTOBER 31, 2019

Key Takeaways: At Least 100 Killed In Violence Against Anti-Government Protesters; Pressure Mounts On Abdul-Mahdi To Resign; President Salih Pushes Electoral Reforms – On October 25, anti-government protests resumed, with thousands of Iraqis taking to the streets in Baghdad, Nasiriya, Basra, Samawa, and other cities to express frustration with poor… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: OCTOBER 18 – OCTOBER 25, 2019

  Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included six operations by the Iraqi security forces (ISF) in which the ISF arrested at least eighteen suspected terrorists in different regions of Ninewa, and one operation that resulted in confiscation an explosive belt. On the other hand, unknown militants conducted two… Read more

From Baghdad to EPIC’s Board Presidency

By Zeena Abdul-Rahman, EPIC Board President  Veteran EPIC Board Member Bilal Wahab snaps a selfie at EPIC's April 2019 Board Retreat. Behind Bilal from left-to-right: EPIC Executive Director Erik Gustafson and Board members Taif Jany, Hussein Al-Baya (Treasurer), Dennis Eóghan Clancey, Zeena Abdul-Rahman (President), Sören Südhof, Kate Phillips-Barrasso (Vice President),… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 17 – OCTOBER 24, 2019

Key Takeaways: Bina, KRG Defend A Beleaguered Abdul-Mahdi; New Protests Expected Oct 25; Iraq Says U.S. Forces Redeployed From Syria Must Leave; Investigation Of Violence Against Protesters Misses Key Questions – On October 20, the Bina coalition and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) reaffirmed their support for PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi,… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: OCTOBER 11 – OCTOBER 18, 2019

  Summary: This reporting period recorded four incidents in which civilians were killed in the explosions of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in various parts of Ninewa. There were also two incidents in which militants shot and killed two civilians, and Iraqi security forces (ISF) also found the body of an… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: OCTOBER 4 – OCTOBER 11, 2019

  Summary: The suspension of internet service in Iraq earlier this week, which was part of government measures to deal with mass protests in Iraq’s center and south, restricted the flow of news in Iraq and impacted the number of incidents recorded during this reporting period. The few incidents recorded… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 10 – OCTOBER 17, 2019

Key Takeaways: Sistani Gives Government Two Weeks To Investigate Violence Against Protesters; Former PM Calls For Early Elections; Security Officials Say Militia Commander Ordered Snipers To Target Protesters – On October 11, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani blamed the Iraqi government for the violence and numerous deaths during the recent demonstrations in… Read more

Five Years after ISIS: The Yazidis’ Quest for Justice and Recovery

Interview with Ido Babasheikh, Former Member of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Parliament and former adviser to the president of Iraq. This is the second of a series of interviews we had with representatives of various minority communities in Ninewa that will be published in the following weeks. In July,… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 3 – OCTOBER 10, 2019

Key Takeaways: Government Crackdown Kills At Least 110, Injures Thousands; Prime Minister Offers Reform And Aid Packages To Contain Crisis; Parliament To Suspend Provincial Councils; Two New Ministers Confirmed In Cabinet Reshuffle – Anti-government protests in central and southern Iraq, which started on October 1, escalated through October 8, amid… Read more