Story here on the start of the operation to rid Anbar of Isis, after the fall of the provincial capital, Ramadi on 17 May. The attack is being led by the Shia militias, leading to fears of increased sectarian tensions in the majority Sunni province. Read.
Sunni men from Hawija are training alongside local Shia militia groups to take on a common enemy – Isis. The unusual alliance shows the failure of the US and Iraqi government’s attempts to arm and empower Sunni tribes. Instead the men here must work with Iraq’s Iran backed militias to win back their land. Read more here for the Independent.
IS advances in the last year have been well documented, unlike the lives of Sunni Arabs forced from their homes by the group. I was commissioned by Washington DC peace NGO Epic to look at the challenged of ongoing displacement in Shaqlawa in Iraqi Kurdistan. Read more. Photo by Rawsht Twana from Metrography.