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Seizing the Moment

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;

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ISHM: December 8 – 14, 2017

This week’s headlines: Abadi Declares “End of War Against ISIS” ▪ WSJ: Lack of Aid Funding Could Lead to Resurgence of ISIS ▪ KRG Continues Push for Dialogue with Baghdad ▪ Erdogan Organizes Meeting in Response to Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem ▪ UN Concludes Oil-for-Food Program

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ISHM: December 1 – 7, 2017

This week’s headlines: Iraq Voices Opposition to Trump’s Plan to Move U.S. Embassy in Israel ▪ 3,000 ISIS Militants Still Operating in Iraq and Syria ▪ France’s Macron Meets with Barzani, Calls for an End to PMUs ▪ 2018 Budget Law Remains Under Debate ▪ Move to Privatize Electricity Distribution Met with Protests

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ISHM: November 23 – 30, 2017

This week’s headlines: President Masum Visits Kurdistan Region, Disputed Territories ▪ Kubis Briefs UN Security Council, Meets with Sistani ▪ British Prime Minister Visits Baghdad ▪ ISIS Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombing Near Baghdad ▪ Military Operations Continue to Target ISIS in Western Anbar

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Inspiration to Give on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday – the non-profit world’s version of Black Friday – when we ask all of our supporters to give generously to causes that inspire them and encourage their friends and family to do the same. This past summer, EPIC’s Executive Director Erik Gustafson was in Mosul shortly after the last of the ISIS militants were driven out of the city. While there, he met a group of young art students who created a short skit to tell the story of their ordeal and we hope you will take just a few minutes to watch it: These young people have suffered through a nightmare unimaginable for

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ISHM: November 17 – 22, 2017

This week’s headlines: Federal Supreme Court Annuls Referendum Results; Abadi May Be Open to More Funding for KRI ▪ Rawa Cleared of ISIS ▪ Vehicle Bomb Targets Tuz Khurmatu Market, 83 Casualties Reported ▪ NY Times: Airstrikes Killed More Civilians in Mosul than Reported ▪ Abadi Pledges Elections Will Be Held on Schedule, Despite Pushback from Ninewa MPs

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Giving Thanks in 2017

  Every year at this time, Americans reflect on what it is we are most grateful for as we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving. At EPIC, we are blessed with staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to enhance understanding of Iraq’s story, monitor the crisis to inform smarter policy, and provide relief to those who need it most. But we are most thankful for you – our supporters – who make all of our efforts possible. 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

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ISHM: November 10 – 16, 2017

This week’s headlines: ISIS Territory “Down to the Last One Percent” as Security Forces Move Toward Rawa ▪ Kurdistan Parliament Affirms Federal Court Ruling on Independence; KDP MPs Return to Baghdad ▪ Earthquake Hits Along Iran-Iraq Border ▪ Kirkuk KRG Office Relocates to Erbil; Ousted Governor’s Case Dismissed ▪ Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits Qatar

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ISHM: November 3 – 9, 2017

This week’s headlines: Abadi, Speaking in Qa’im, Declares City Cleared of ISIS Militants; Operations in Anbar Continue ▪ Suicide Attacks Roil Kirkuk; Sadr Orders PMU to Withdraw ▪ Federal Court Ruling, Budget Woes Further Erode KRG Leverage ▪ VP Nujaifi Sets Conditions for May Elections in Speech at USIP; Denies Report He Asked U.S. to Arm Sunni Militias ▪ ISIS Atrocities During Mosul Battle Detailed in UN Report

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Calling Iraqi-Americans!

The Education for Peace in Iraq Center’s Connection Initiative brings together members of the Iraqi diaspora living in the United States and civil society organizations in Iraq who need contributions of time and talent. Over the past several months, we have reached out to dozens of Iraqi NGOs working on the front lines of government accountability, minority protection, youth empowerment, gender equality, emergency relief, and more. These organizations have shared with us the skills they are seeking in order to grow their capacity, strengthen their mission, and help more people. What we need now are Iraqi-American volunteers to work with them virtually (via the Internet) or on-the-ground in

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