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Bring Hope to Traumatized Families in Iraq

  We have seen it firsthand in Mosul and among displaced families who have fled to safer areas. The human costs of ISIS’s atrocities and the war have been devastating for families and their children. EPIC’s Board of Directors and I invite you to join us on CrowdRise today as we respond to support mental health care for traumatized families in Iraq. Support our campaign on CrowdRise. Throughout the crisis, EPIC stood with the people of Iraq during their time of need. Supporters like you helped us deliver humanitarian assistance to more than 60,000 Iraqis fleeing ISIS or caught in areas

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ISHM: JUNE 15 – 21, 2018

This week’s headlines: Negotiations Continue to Form an “Inclusive National” Government ▪ Angelina Jolie Visits Western Mosul, Highlighting Ongoing Reconstruction Challenge ▪ Diyala Security Deteriorates; Counter-ISIS Operations Continue ▪ Clashes Erupt Between Iraqi Security Forces and Popular Mobilization Units ▪ Turkish Military Strikes PKK Positions in Northern Iraq ▪ Water, Electricity Shortages Prompt Protests

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ISHM: June 1 – 14, 2018

This week’s headlines: Judicial Council Appointed to Oversee Recount of Ballots, Sidelining IHEC ▪ Warehouse Fire Destroys Untold Number of Ballots Slated for Recount ▪ Sadr, Amiri Declare Alliance, Pushing the Blocs Closer to a Majority ▪ Turkish Dam Exacerbates Iraq’s Water Crisis ▪ Sporadic ISIS Attacks Continue Despite Improved Security ▪ Turkey Continues to Target PKK in Northern Iraq

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Welcome to Our Summer 2018 Interns!

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 Summer 2018 interns: Savva, Dalia, Jesse, and Tamara!   Savva Martyshev is an undergraduate student at Davidson College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Savva’s focus primarily lies in international politics

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ISHM: May 18 – 24, 2018

This week’s headlines: IHEC Announces Official Election Results ▪ Candidates, Parties File Challenges to Election Outcomes ▪ Negotiations Continue as Elected Coalitions Seek to Form New Government ▪ Washington Post: New Clues Suggest Baghdadi Still Alive

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ISHM: May 11 – 17, 2018

This week’s headlines: Abadi, Party Leaders Congratulate Sadr on Election Victory ▪ Fraud Accusations Roil Kirkuk ▪ Party Headquarters Attacked in Sulaimania on Election Day ▪ Polling Stations See Some Irregularities ▪ Despite US Embassy Caution, Polling Stations Remained Safe on Election Day ▪ Second Attack in Two Weeks Hits Tarmiyah ▪ Iraq Condemns US Embassy Move in Israel

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ISHM: May 4 – 10, 2018

This week’s headlines: Sporadic Attacks on Candidates in Lead-Up to Elections ▪ Several Candidates Withdraw Before Vote; Integrity Commission Head Resigns ▪ Curfews, Closings Announced Ahead of Election Day ▪ Accusations of Slow Voter Card Distribution; Voting Underway for Iraqi Forces, Expats ▪ Iraq Continues Airstrikes on ISIS Positions in Syria ▪ Iraq Condemns Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Accord

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Information for Iraqis in the U.S. Interested in Voting in May 12 Elections

  This information is reposted from our friends at the Iraqi-American Young Professionals for Iraqis in the U.S. interested in voting in Iraq’s May Parliamentary elections: Iraqis living in the U.S. who are interested in voting in the May elections can do so May 10 and May 11. Make sure you have everything required, but remember that the right to vote is a constitutionally protected right that no one can take away without a good reason. If a polling official says there is a problem with your documentation, ask to speak to the poll manager. Do not let them turn

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ISHM: April 27 – May 3, 2018

This week’s headlines: Candidates, Election Officials Targeted Ahead of May 12 Elections ▪ ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack North of Baghdad ▪ U.S. Closes Land Component Headquarters, Shifting More Responsibility to ISF ▪ World Bank Program Supports Job Creation; IOM Releases Report on Social Cohesion Challenges ▪ Washington Post: Intercepted Messages Detail Qatari Ransom Payments to Militias

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ISHM: April 20 – 26, 2018

This week’s headlines: Election Official Assassinated; Two Officials Kidnapped in Unrelated Incidents ▪ Campaign Coverage: Video Scandal, Fake News, Abadi Visits Kurdistan, and a Sunni President? ▪ Iran-Backed Militias in Syria Target US Troops, Raising Concern Over PMUs in Iraq ▪ Iraq Conducts Airstrikes on ISIS Positions in Syria ▪ Oil Ministry Awards New Contracts; 1991 Gulf War Reparations to Kuwait Resume

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ISHM: April 13 – 19, 2018

This week’s headlines: Iraqi Foreign Minister, Protesters Condemn U.S. Airstrikes on Syrian Government Targets ▪ Candidates for Parliament Attacked in Basra, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Anbar ▪ Arab Summit Calls for Turkey to Respect Iraqi Sovereignty ▪ World Bank Forecasts Positive GDP Growth in Iraq for 2018 ▪ Campaign Spending Criticized ▪ HRW, NYT Report on Sham Trials of Suspected ISIS Sympathizers

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EPIC Open House – Wednesday May 9

As you may know, we recently moved our Washington office to the historic Uline Arena, a cost-friendly location that better suits our needs and keeps us close to the center of advocacy action. As the warm weather arrives, we are excited to invite you to join us for an Open House Happy Hour at our new space! Open House Happy Hour Wednesday, May 9, 2018 6 – 8 PM EPIC Office Terrace 1140 Third Street NE Washington, DC 20002 There is no cost to attend, although donations are always welcome. Snacks and drinks will be available as we enjoy each other’s company and share details about

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