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ISHM: September 7 – 13, 2018

This week’s headlines: Civil Unrest in Basra Province Continues, Protesters Storm and Set Fire to the Iranian Consulate – Violent protests continue in Basra Province, with demonstrators growing increasingly frustrated about the lack of services and safe drinking water, as well as widespread corruption. On September 7, Shafaaq News reported that 11 demonstrators have died since protests began on August 31, 2018 in the city of Basra. On September 7, protesters headed to the U.S. consulate in the city of Basra. According to Shafaaq News, demonstrators tried to break into the facility, but they were stopped by security forces, who

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ISHM : August 31 – September 6, 2018

This week’s headlines: Violent Protests Erupt in Basra Province, Umm Qasr Port Operations Shut Down following Protesters’ Blockade of its Main Entrance – Demands for safe drinking water and improvement of basic services prompted the eruption of violent protests in Basra. On August 31, demonstrators tried to break into Basra Province government headquarters in the city of Basra. On August 31, the Office of the Human Rights Commission in Basra Province affirmed that two demonstrators were injured following clashes with the police in Basra. On September 4, a local security and health source reported that five demonstrators were killed and

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ISHM: August 24 – 30, 2018

This week’s headlines: Security Operations against ISIS Continue, ISIS Strikes Security Checkpoint in Anbar Province – While Iraqi efforts to clear Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants from the country continue, ISIS perpetrated a deadly attack on a security checkpoint in Anbar Province on August 29, killing eight and injuring 12. On August 25, the Iraqi Air Force bombed ISIS locations in Ninewa Province. According a statement released by the Security Information Center , Iraqi warplanes struck ISIS locations in the Shourah District, approximately 56 kilometers south of Mosul. Ten ISIS militants were killed during the operation. On

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ISHM: August 17 – 23

This week’s headlines: The Federal Supreme Court Announces the Ratification of Election Results, Major Parties Announce the Formation of a National Majority Bloc – On August 19, Iyas al-Samouk, spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Court, announced the Supreme Court’s ratification of the outcome of parliamentary elections, which took place on May 12, 2018. In response, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on Iraqi President Fuad Masum to appeal to the House of Representatives to convene as soon as possible, and to respect the constitutional deadline to form a new government and elect a Prime Minister. Also on August 19, the Sairoon

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ISHM: August 10 – 16

This week’s headlines: IHEC Announces Results of Recount, Negotiations for the Formation of the New Government Begin – After announcing the end of the ballot recount process, on August 10, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) revealed the results of manual recount. With the Sairoon Alliance led by Muqtada al-Sadr retaining the lead, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Victory party’s negotiating team leader, Khalid al-Obeidi, outlined an agreement with the parties led by Moqtada al-Sadr, and other major leaders, to form the largest bloc in the formation of a new government. On August 14, the IHEC announced that the period to

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ISHM : August 3 – 9

This week’s headlines: IHEC Is Accused of Ignoring Vote Counting Machine Concerns, IHEC Announces the End of Election Ballots Recount – The process of election ballot recount was concluded, while the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) was criticized for allegedly ignoring concerns over electronic vote counting machines. According to an August 5 report by Reuters, IHEC ignored Iraq’s Board of Supreme Audit (BSA) reservations concerning the electronic vote counting machines. On August 6, IHEC announced the official end of the ballots recount of the parliamentary elections, which took place on May 12, 2018. more… ISF Continue Carrying Out Security Operations,

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ISHM : July 27 – August 2

This week’s headlines: While demonstrations continue throughout Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued several directives to address protesters’ demands- On July 27, demonstrators in Baghdad called for the formation of a new government, while in Maysan Province protestors gathered to demand more jobs and the provision of basic services. On July 28, Abadi issued directive for Diwaniya Province, rescheduling payment of debts owed by farmers and development organizations. On August 1, other directives were issued for Karbala, allocating funds to hospitals and development projects.more… Parties and Religious Leaders Call for Formation of New Government, Abadi Fires Ministries and Elections Officials

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ISHM: July 20 – 26

This week’s headlines: Government Officials Meet to Address Protest Demands ▪ Ballot Recount Process Concludes, Discrepancies Appear ▪ Continued Displacement Challenges Iraqi Government, Relief Agencies ▪ ISIS Attacks Highlight Ongoing Militant Threat ▪ Deadly Clashes Occur Along Iraq-Iran Border; Turkey Continues Anti-PKK Operations

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ISHM: July 13 – 19

This week’s headlines: Large-Scale Protests Spread Across Southern Iraq ▪ Baghdad Offers Reforms, Conducts Arrests in Response to Escalating Protests ▪ ISIS Cells Active Across Northern and Central Iraq ▪ Ballot Recount Process Continues ▪ Displacement Challenges Remain in Areas Liberated from ISIS

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ISHM: JUNE 29 – July 12, 2018

This week’s headlines: Parliamentary Elections Ballot Recount Continues to Fuel Controversy ▪ Water Shortage Curtails Oil Refinement, Prompts Crop Limitations ▪ Demonstrator Killed in Basra amid Ongoing Protests ▪ Turkish Military Continues to Hit PKK Targets in Northern Iraq ▪ ISIS Insurgent Activity Continues to Challenge Security Forces ▪ Hemorrhagic Fever Sparks Health Scare ▪ Construction Begins at New US Consulate in Erbil

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Taif Jany on Joining the Board

I am humbled and honored to connect with EPIC today as the newest, and possibly youngest, member of EPIC’s Board of Directors. In my view, EPIC’s work has never been more important to breaking the cycle of violence in Iraq, which is why I’m eager to reconnect with supporters like you. Come join me in supporting EPIC’s CrowdRise campaign to bring hope to children and families in need. Here’s a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Baghdad and left Iraq in late 2006 amidst the sectarian civil war. I sought refuge in Syria where I lived for

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Asking For Your Support

  In places like Mosul and Sinjar, communities have embarked on the long road to recovery. Young people are using their bare hands to clear debris. Health clinics and shops have reopened and schools are preparing for the next school year. While such physical signs of rebuilding can be seen across Iraq’s conflict-affected areas, we must never lose sight of the hidden wounds of war. That’s why we’ve launching this CrowdRise campaign. Our goal: raise $15,000 by July 15th to kick start the provision of mental health care for traumatized children and families in areas most affected by ISIS and

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