Three years after surrendering it to the Islamic State (ISIS), Iraqi Security Forces have reclaimed Mosul. But wresting the city…
Fighting in densely populated areas poses a number of significant challenges to forces trying to adhere to the rules that…
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An estimated 50,000 civilians remain in the city of Raqqa, paralyzed by fear of Coalition airstrikes and shelling on the ground, but prevented from escaping by Islamic State fighters.
The Trump administration’s rhetoric, before and after the election, raises questions about its commitment to protecting civilians and if its more aggressive strategy to “annihilate” ISIS has directly led to more civilian casualties.
If civilians are not included as meaningful participants in the Dialogue, the results of the process are likely yet another agreement between national politicians that divides the spoils of war between themselves rather than healing the deepening ethnic divisions that four years of civil conflict have sown.
In addition to rebuilding infrastructure, Moslawis say it’s essential to rebuild confidence between the Iraqi government and the Sunni-majority population.
The conflict in Mali is highly volatile and fast evolving; the government and MINUSMA have been unable to keep up. However, without improving government presence and accountability across the country, and without providing adequate support to MINUSMA, both will continue to struggle and further delay the implementation of the Peace Agreement.