Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM 10: March 28 – April 3, 2015

Updates: March 28-April 3, 2015 Joint security forces took back control of Tikrit from Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants this week. As clearing operations continue in areas of Salah al-Din province, military officials have begun planning for future operations in Anbar and Ninewa provinces, although a timeline… Read more

ISHM 9: March 21 – 27, 2015

Updates: March 21-27, 2015 Joint security forces participating in Operation Sudanese Martyr have made gains in clearing Fallujah’s Karma sub-district of ISIS militants, but the organization maintains a strong hold over the city of Fallujah and major population centers in western areas of Anbar province. International Coalition airstrikes began targeting… Read more

ISHM 8: March 14 – 20, 2015

Updates: March 14-20, 2015 As Iraq’s joint security forces secure large areas of Salah al-Din province, the Labaika Ya Rasool Allah offensive comes to a near halt amid a particularly violent effort by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants to hold onto territory in central neighborhoods in Tikrit.… Read more

ISHM 7: March 8 – 13, 2015

Updates: March 8-13, 2015 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) that include Iraqi Shi’a militias, and anti-ISIS tribal forces continued their offensive to retake Salah al-Din province, advancing street-by-street into the provincial capital, Tikrit, which lies 87 miles northwest of Baghdad. Despite forcing the Islamic State of Iraq… Read more

ISHM 6: February 28 – March 6, 2015

Updates: Feb 28 – March 6, 2015 The Labaika Ya Rasool Allah offensive to retake Salah al-Din province continues. While joint forces have made progress in eastern areas of the province, they continue to face stiff resistance in and around the city of Tikrit, including an estimated 8,000 IEDs intended… Read more

ISHM 5: February 21 – 27, 2015

Updates:February 21-27, 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) destroyed cultural and historic artifacts in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. These actions have added to the loss of priceless cultural heritage since ISIS took control of the city of Mosul. Security problems continue in Diyala province amid… Read more

ISHM 4: February 13 – 20, 2015

Updates: February 13-20, 2015  Baghdad witnessed a renewed political crisis after the kidnapping and killing of prominent Iraqi Sunni tribal leader, Qassim al-Janabi. The killing produced political galvanization of Iraqi Sunni and secular groups as they boycotted parliamentary sessions. Iraqi Sunni political groups also accuse the Iraqi Shi’a militias of… Read more

ISHM 3: February 7 – 13, 2015

Updates: February 7-13, 2015 The head of the Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee alleged that the anti-ISIS coalition is providing weapons to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham via airdrops. This sentiment was echoed by an Iraqi Shi’a MP. This is a concerning development even though it is rhetorical.… Read more

ISHM 2: January 30 – February 6, 2015

Updates: January 30-February 6, 2015 Iraq’s Council of Ministers approved two laws that are intended to address Iraqi Sunni grievances. These laws will now have to be approved by the parliament. The parliamentary debate will likely be tense and may be delayed due to disagreement over provisions in the law… Read more

ISHM 1: January 24 – 30, 2015

Updates: January 24-30, 2015 Conditions of Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) continue to be challenging given bureaucratic hurdles, problems with access to some conflict areas, and inefficiency in aid distribution. The World Food Programme (WFP) released a report detailing the difficult conditions of IDPs in southern Iraq. There are allegations… Read more