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Iraq’s minorities under fire

ERBIL, 9 July 2014 (IRIN) - As the Islamist militants ISIS make gains across large swathes of Iraq, many of the country’s long-persecuted Christian, Turkoman and Yazidi minority groups worry what the future will hold for them if the country continues to destabilise. full report

How Iraq came apart: a timeline

DUBAI, 3 July 2014 (IRIN) - Iraq is experiencing one of largest internal population displacements in the world and on the verge, many experts say, of a return to civil war. IRIN has been reporting on the crisis since it began in Anbar Province more than six months ago. Here, we take a look back at how the country unravelled. full report

Violence and displacement stretch Iraq's health services

ERBIL, 27 June 2014 (IRIN) - Hospitals and clinics in areas of fighting in central Iraq are struggling to operate at full capacity due to crossfire, electricity and fuel shortages, and an exodus of staff. Meanwhile, health services in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, which is hosting hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the fighting between militants and government forces, are struggling to keep up with the needs of the displaced. full report

Abu Salah, IDP from Iraq: “Now, apart from security, we have nothing”

ERBIL, 25 June 2014 (IRIN) - Two residents of the Iraqi city Tikrit describe the moment militants entered their city this month, and what they experienced as they fled the fighting. full report

New camps for fleeing Iraqis offer safety but little comfort

KHAZAIR, 25 June 2014 (IRIN) - Khazair camp, on the border between central Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in the north, has provided Iraqis fleeing Mosul with shelter and safety. But there is little comfort to be found on what is a flat and exposed piece of land that just a few weeks ago was a wheat field. full report

ISIS advance adds to aid challenges in Iraq’s north

ERBIL, 25 June 2014 (IRIN) - As fighting grows between Islamist insurgents and government forces in Iraq, aid agencies are straining to support the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence amid unclear government policies, lack of funding and a multiplicity of humanitarian actors flooding in to respond. full report

Aid agencies scramble to support Iraq displaced

DUBAI, 12 June 2014 (IRIN) - Cash-strapped aid agencies are scrambling to respond to an escalating humanitarian crisis after Islamist militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, forcing an estimated half a million people to flee towards the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the space of days. full report

Soldiers in schools - the impact of military occupations on education

BANGKOK, 12 June 2014 (IRIN) - Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world - they might represent ideas viewed as controversial, the destruction of a civilian building that is important to a community inflicts terror, and a school reduced to rubble can rob an entire generation of education. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in. full report

Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants

DUBAI, 27 May 2014 (IRIN) - Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera. And while the water is now slowly receding from Abu Ghraib and some families are starting to return home, Nuaimiyah Dam is still believed to be under the control of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and it is feared they could cause more flooding at any time. full report

Less hope of return for new wave of Iraqi refugees in Jordan

AMMAN, 19 May 2014 (IRIN) - More and more Iraqis are fleeing to Jordan, amid increasing violence back home. And unlike some of their predecessors, the new wave of arrivals has little hope of returning home. full report

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