This week’s headlines: KRG President Barzani Steps Down as Kurdish Parties Clash ▪ Unaided by Rumors, ISF, Peshmerga Tensions Continue Over Border Control ▪ Date Fixed for National Elections ▪ Tillerson: U.S. Will Stay in Iraq Until ISIS is Defeated ▪ ISF Make Measured Progress in Western Anbar ▪ Amid Growing Need, World Bank Approves Aid Package; Ninewa Governor Ousted
This week’s headlines: Allegations and Rhetoric Confuse Situation as ISF Take Over Disputed Territories ▪ Reports of Casualties and Looting Amid ISF, Peshmerga Clashes ▪ Kurdish Elections ‘Suspended’ for Eight Months; Referendum Results ‘Frozen’ ▪ Abadi Dismisses Tillerson Comments on PMUs, Seeks Regional Cooperation ▪ ISF “Coming to Liberate You” in Anbar ▪ Lack of Planning in Mosul Causing “Chaos” as Funding Urgently Needed
This week’s headlines: Iraqi Security Forces, PMUs Move Quickly Into Disputed Territories ▪ Political Fallout Over Referendum Continues: Barzani Loses Leverage, Kirkuk Governor Ousted, Kurdish Elections Postponed ▪ Thousands of IDPs Move Through Disputed Territories Amid Unreliable Reporting ▪ U.S. Colonel Says There is “Work to Be Done” After ISIS is Cleared ▪ Extreme Hardship Remains in Western Mosul
On Thursday, November 16, join EPIC staff, Board Members, and our Host Committee at A Truly EPIC Happy Hour in support of Iraq’s future. All proceeds go to further EPIC’s mission of humanitarian action for peace. Meet new friends interested in making Iraq safe and prosperous again and reconnect with colleagues who have spent time in the region. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, a beautiful view of Washington (weather permitting), and excellent company! The evening will also include a short video of a youth group performance in Mosul and a brief update on our work to empower young people and Iraqi civil society.
This week’s headlines: Hawija Declared Cleared of ISIS as Most Militants Surrender to Peshmerga ▪ Dialogue Pushed as Next Steps in Easing Erbil-Baghdad Tensions ▪ Iran, Turkey Unite in Disdain for Kurdish Independence ▪ Diyala Security Situation Remains Tenuous as Focus Shifts ▪ Schools Reopen in Mosul; HRW Condemns Forced Detentions
The most powerful groups within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) existed long before ISIS seized Mosul in June 2014, and will continue to build influence in the future now that operations to liberate the city have concluded.
This week’s headlines: Referendum Tensions Relax, For Now, Aided By Calls from Sistani ▪ Iraqi Security Forces, Peshmerga Continue Cooperation Toward Hawija ▪ Revered Former President Jalal Talabani Dies at 84 ▪ Despite Saber Rattling, Iran and Turkey Await Next Steps for the KRI ▪ New Reports Released on Toll of Operations in Mosul ▪ Airstrikes Continue Over Anbar
On Sunday, September 24, Professionals for a Better Iraq (PBI) held their First Annual Assembly in northern Virginia where 60 Iraqi-American professionals came together for the opportunity to network and contribute to a shared vision for Iraq’s future. PBI is EPIC’s implementing partner on our Connection Initiative which aims to link members of Iraq’s talented diaspora living in the United States with civil society organizations in Iraq receptive to and in-need of their skillsets. Based on a recent visit to northern Iraq, EPIC Executive Director Erik Gustafson spoke to those gathered on the outsized need facing many of Iraq’s civil society
This week’s headlines: Kurdistan Votes for Independence, Baghdad Retaliates ▪ Turkey, Iran Conduct Military Exercises on Iraqi-Kurdish Borders ▪ Aid Agencies Prepare as Military Operations Commence Near Hawija ▪ UN, Amnesty Condemn Executions in Nasiriya ▪ IDP Returns to Cleared Areas May Be Premature, Report Suggests
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 Fall 2017 interns: Brennan and Yaniv! 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. Her interest
This week’s headlines: Tensions Mount in Kirkuk as Kurdish Independence Referendum Looms ▪ Governor of Kirkuk Disputes Ouster ▪ Attack in Nasiriya Results in Mass Casualties ▪ Mass Displacement from Hawija Expected as Operations Begin ▪ Encouraged by Improved Security, More IDPs Return to Eastern Mosul ▪ “Hundreds” of ISIS Militants Killed in Western Anbar ▪ Kurdish Parliament Reconvenes Without Gorran