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ISHM: April 6 – 12, 2018

This week’s headlines: Attack on Political Party Headquarters in Anbar Prompts Conversation on Election Security ▪ Diyala Security Chief Transferred to Basra Amid Protests ▪ Baghdad Security Tightened During Shia Pilgrimage ▪ Peshmerga Return to Disputed Areas Remains in Dispute; Trump, Abadi Speak About Syria ▪ UNAMI, UNICEF Issue Humanitarian Response Plans for Iraqi Kurdistan

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Run or walk “In Their Shoes” with EPIC!

Looking for a fun excuse to get outside this spring? Then join us on Saturday, May 5th for the Iraqi Children Foundation‘s annual “In Their Shoes” 5k! Enjoy Iraqi music, food, and family-friendly activities! Invite your friends to take part and sign up before this Saturday to take advantage of the reduced registration fee – and be sure to select ‘Team EPIC‘ when you register! “In Their Shoes” 5k Run/Walk Saturday, May 5, 2018 7 to 11 AM – Rain or Shine US Patent and Trademark Office 600 Dulany Street   Old Town Alexandria, VA Events are free, $35 to race (before April 1): Sign Up Here The Iraqi Children

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ISHM: March 30 – April 5, 2018

This week’s headlines: Reports Conflict on PKK Presence in Sinjar ▪ Abadi Rejects Peshmerga Redeployments to the Disputed Territories ▪ Council of Ministers Approves Five Year National Development Plan ▪ Electronic Voting Machines Prepared Ahead of May Elections ▪ Abadi Visits Japan to Solicit Investments

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ISHM: March 23 – 29, 2018

This week’s headlines: PKK Withdraws from Sinjar, Erdogan Continues to Threaten Turkish Intervention ▪ Kurdistan Teachers, Civil Servants Demand Salary Payments ▪ Candidates, Coalitions Sign ‘Electoral Charter of Honor’ Ahead of May Elections ▪ Interior Ministry Touts Improvements in Baghdad Security ▪ Iraq, Saudi Arabia Sign Air Transportation Agreement

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ISHM: March 16 – 22, 2018

This week’s headlines: Baghdad Pays Kurdish Salaries; Kirkuk-Erbil Road Reopens ▪ Turkey Continues Attacks on PKK in Northern Iraq, Erdogan Threatens Escalation ▪ Yazidi MP: Sinjar Children Still Held by ISIS in Syria; Missing Indian Laborers Identified ▪ Seven U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Qa’im ▪ FIFA Lifts Ban on Official Soccer Matches in Iraq ▪ World Bank Assists in Reconstructing Mosul’s Bridges, UAE Offers to Rebuild al-Nuri Mosque

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ISHM: March 9 – 15, 2018

This week’s headlines: Abadi Seeks to Further Consolidate PMUs; General Killed in Clash ▪ Abadi Reopens Airports in Iraqi Kurdistan ▪ President Masum Will Not Ratify Federal Budget ▪ Turkey Toughens Stance on PKK in Northern Iraq ▪ Eleven Thousand Remain Missing from Mosul ▪ OPCW Certifies Iraq Has Met Chemical Weapon Commitments

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ISHM: March 2 – 8, 2018

This week’s headlines: Federal Budget Adopted in Parliament Amid Strong Kurdish Objection ▪ Amid Reconstruction, ISF Continue to Target ISIS Militants in Mosul ▪ Iraq’s Tank Fleet In Trouble as Contractors Pull Out ▪ Turkish, Iranian Delegations Visit Baghdad ▪ Iraqi Government, UN Launch Joint Humanitarian Plan

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ISHM: February 23 – March 1, 2018

This week’s headlines: Integrity Commission Issues Arrest Warrants for Ninewa Governor, Others ▪ According to Foreign Minister, Iraq Considering Purchase of Russian Defense System ▪ Rumors Cause Alarm in Kirkuk; KRI Airports Will Remain Closed ▪ IRC Publishes Report on IDP Returns ▪ Oil Drilling Resumes in KRI; Bidding for Majnoon Discussed at Iraq Petroleum Conference

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ISHM: February 16 – 22, 2018

This week’s headlines: Popular Mobilization Units Attacked Near Hawija ▪ Russian Tanks Delivered to Iraq While the U.S. Wants Theirs out of the Hands of Militias ▪ Flooding in Diyala Raise Concerns of Water-Borne Illness ▪ UNOCHA Releases 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan; Kubis Addresses UN Security Council ▪ Fewer Candidates Campaigning Than in 2014

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ISHM: February 9 – 15, 2018

This week’s headlines: Much Anticipated Kuwait Reconstruction Conference Falls Short of Goals ▪ Pentagon Presses NATO to Ramp Up Training Missions in Iraq ▪ IED Clearing in Mosul to Take “Over a Decade” ▪ Electoral Commission Extends Party Affiliation Deadline ▪ Turkey, PKK Militants Exchange Fire in Dohuk

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Is Iraq Open for Business?

Iraq is seeking to fund post-ISIS reconstruction through private-sector growth and foreign direct investment, but structural challenges and regional geopolitical competition could derail this effort…

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We have moved!

As we recently shared, 2018 is starting out to be a year of hope and opportunity for sustained peace in Iraq and the staff at EPIC is working hard each day to enhance understanding of Iraq’s story, monitor the crisis to promote better public policy, and provide relief on the ground to those who need it most. We are excited to share that we recently moved our Washington office just a few blocks from our old address to a more cost-friendly location that better suits our needs, and keeps us close to the center of advocacy action: Education for Peace in Iraq Center 1140 Third Street NE Space 2138 Washington,

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