Iraq


Taking Back Mosul: When Is Collateral Damage Justified?

The degree to which collateral damage may be justified by its potential to shorten a conflict and reduce long-term suffering has been questioned throughout history. Last week, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul. It had been under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria […]


France And West African Nations Launch Force To Combat Militant Groups

On July 2nd, France alongside five African states, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, launched a multinational coalition to fight armed groups and violent extremists in the Sahel region. The meeting between France and the five African nations, formally known as the G5 Sahel Force, took place in the […]


US-Led Coalition Claims 603 Civilian Deaths In Iraq And Syria

A recent Operation Inherent Resolve report is claiming that 603 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Syria since they began in August 2014, as a result of US-led coalition airstrikes. These coalition airstrikes form part of an international campaign aimed at defeating ISIS. The purported death toll of 603 […]


ISIS’s Caliphate Retaken By Iraqi Troops In Mosul

On Thursday, Iraqi government-led troops seized the Great Mosque of al-Nuri from ISIS in Mosul. This comes three years after the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claimed the site as the group’s caliphate and appointed himself as the leader. Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced the mosque had been successfully seized by their […]


“I Saw My City Die:” A Report On Urban Warfare And Its Toll On Civilians

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has released a special report titled “I Saw My City Die” on the topic of urban warfare and its toll on civilians in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. The report discusses the way warfare has changed in the modern world. For hundreds of […]


Kurdistan Determines A Date For Independence Vote

A recent decision by Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence has been met with disapproval from both crucial allies and the United States. The vote on independence, set for September 25th, 2017, has been long in the making. Iraqi Kurdistan was granted autonomy in 1970, although it has continued to […]


UN Report Shows Record Number Of Displaced Persons In 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a report detailing the statistics surrounding displaced persons in 2016. The report, released just before World Refugee Day on June 20, showed that 2016 was a record year for the number of displaced persons. A total of 65.5 million people were […]


UN Claims 150,000 Civilians Trapped By ISIS In Mosul’s Old City

The United Nations believes that approximately 150,000 civilians are still being trapped by ISIS in Mosul’s Old City. With the help of the USA, Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran, the Iraqi military began their assault on Mosul in October 2016. Since they have successfully captured significant portions of the city. However, […]


Human Rights Watch’s Concerns For Protection Of Civilians In Battle For Raqqa

Human Rights Watch declared grave concerns this week for the rights of detainees, indiscriminate attacks, and the treatment of displaced people by the U.S.-led coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and other local armed groups in the offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) for the city of Raqqa. The Syrian city […]


Iraqi Kurds Announce Independence Referendum

On Wednesday June 7th Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish Region, announced on twitter plans for an independence referendum. He stated, “I am pleased to announce that the date for the independence referendum has been set for Monday, September 25, 2017.” The decision […]