This week’s headlines: U.S. Begins Drawing Down in Iraq, Encourages Greater Role for NATO ▪ UNAMI Launches Recovery Program, International Community Presses Private Sector Investment Ahead of Kuwait Conference ▪ Electricity Minister Questioned by Parliament ▪ Three Kurdish MPs Suspended Amid Budget Impasse ▪ Security Forces Target “White Flags,” ISIS in Hamrin Mountain Region ▪ France Will “Intervene” if French Citizen ISIS Members are Sentenced to Death
This week’s headlines: Demonstrators, KRG Condemn Turkish Action Against Syrian Kurds ▪ Political Alliances Develop Ahead of Election; Dep Sec Sullivan Visits Iraq ▪ Federal Budget Stalls Without Kurdish Support ▪ Coalition Airstrike Blamed for Friendly Fire Fatalities ▪ Sistani’s Representative Attacked in Karbala ▪ Disappointed at Davos, Abadi Looks Ahead to Kuwait Pledging Conference
Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for the opportunity to connect them to Iraq and its people. Please join us in welcoming our Spring 2018 interns: Brennan, Francesca, and Stella! Brennan Smith is a graduate of Hamilton College, where she double majored in American Studies and Government. Her focus was on the relationship between the United States and the Middle East.
This week’s headlines: Court, Parliament Finalize Date for National Elections ▪ IEDs Continue to Pose Risks to Returning IDPs ▪ Attacks by ISIS Insurgents Lead to Change in Tactics, More Training ▪ Turkish Action in Syria May Leave Border Vulnerable ▪ Barzani, Abadi Meet on Sidelines at Davos in Show of Cooperation ▪ German Woman Sentenced to Death in Iraq for Supporting ISIS ▪ Sandstorm and Bird Flu Contribute to Regional Health Problems
On this edition of Iraq Matters, Stuart Bowen examines the lessons learned during his ten years as Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction and how those lessons should be applied to the next phase in Iraq’s post-ISIS recovery.
This week’s headlines: Suicide Attacks Roil Baghdad ▪ Concern Over Forced IDP Returns Mounts Ahead of Election Date Decision ▪ KRG, Federal Government Begin Negotiations ▪ Federal Budget Still Without Consensus as Kurds Boycott Parliament ▪ Sporadic ISIS Attacks Linger, Despite Territorial Losses ▪ U.S. and Germany Lead Funding Ahead of Kuwait Pledging Conference ▪ U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Unrelated to Combat
Since 2014, EPIC has delivered emergency assistance to more than 60,000 displaced men, women, and children affected by violence in Iraq…and in 2018, we will do even more with your support. Our fiscal year comes to a close at midnight tonight and we need your fully tax-deductible gift to help finish our year strong. Please… Give $25 RIGHT NOW >> Give $50 RIGHT NOW >> Give $100 RIGHT NOW >> Give $250 RIGHT NOW >> Give $500 RIGHT NOW >> Or donate any other amount! Read more about how your generosity will have a substantial impact in 2018 and please make your contribution before midnight tonight. Have
The progress of peace over the past year in Iraq marks a most significant turning point toward hope and opportunity. In the coming year, we must join together and continue to support Iraq’s next steps toward lasting security and prosperity so that peace can endure for generations to come. We recently shared the story of the young people in the photo above, who we met this past summer during a trip to Mosul shortly after ISIS was driven from the city. They created a brief skit that tells the story of their ordeal – and their dedication to what comes next. EPIC is committed to
We hope that the recent recap of our efforts in 2017 has inspired you to make a year-end gift to EPIC. Every donation we receive between now and midnight on New Years Eve is very much needed as we close out our fiscal year and press in to 2018 with renewed commitment to Iraq’s future. Make a gift online: www.enablingpeace.org/donate Over the phone: (202) 688-3488 Or by sending a check to: EPIC 900 2nd Street NE, Suite 216 Washington, DC 20002 Please make a contribution today. And thank you for being a part of the EPIC community as we promote peace and prosperity in Iraq.
Right now, Iraq is poised to break the cycle of violence that has spun within its borders for decades. To capitalize on this moment, the Education for Peace in Iraq Center cannot and will not stop in our efforts to lend support. For nearly 20 years, you have stood by us as we rallied against crippling economic sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s, raised our voices to question the rush to war in 2003, and pressed the Obama and Trump administrations to protect civilians, provide humanitarian relief, and commit to strengthening civil society. At this critical moment for Iraq, we need you to continue to
This week’s headlines: Violent Anti-Government Protests in the Kurdistan Region Result in Dozens of Casualties ▪ German Government Makes Aid Contingent on Resolution of Baghdad-Erbil Conflict ▪ Sistani Calls for PMUs to Merge with ISF; U.S. Troops in Iraq ‘Long-Term’ ▪ Mosul Civilian Casualty Counts Still Underestimated ▪ Minimum Wage Increased; Personal Status Law May Be Reintroduced Next Year
Last week, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared an end to the war against ISIS and we join the international community in celebrating this significant victory! Together, we must seize this moment to make sure that peace in Iraq is sustained in the near-term and endures for generations to come. With your help, we are focused on supporting Iraqi civil society– those on the frontlines of their country’s recovery – by providing advocacy, information, and skilled volunteers. Here are a few highlights of this work since our last update: our launch of the Connection Initiative which brings together Iraqi-American volunteers with civil society organizations in Iraq who need their time and talent;