In case you missed them, here are this week’s top stories on Iraq:
In a recent security message, the U.S government said if the dam collapses, “Some models estimate Mosul could be inundated by as much as 70 feet (21 meters) of water within hours of the breach…the lives of at least 1.5 million people could be at risk, according to U.S estimates.”
Militants from s0-called Islamic State group have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq, where as many as 10 million people live under their control. This article provides several maps, charts, and infographics to help explain the state of affairs on the ground in IS territory.
In February the US Embassy in Baghdad issued a warning to American citizens about the possibility of the Mosul Dam’s collapse, on top of its already stern warning about travel to Iraq. The US says the dam is at risk of bursting this Spring, sending a flood down the Tigris that could wipe out villages and kill hundreds of thousands of people in a matter of hours.
Middle East Eye
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected complaints from political opponents that they were not consulted before he last week named a new “technocratic” cabinet, full of academic and businessmen, in response to anti-corruption protests and calls for political reform.
Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing nearly $155 million additional humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected Iraqis within Iraq and throughout the region who are in urgent need of support. This new funding brings total U.S humanitarian assistance for the Iraq humanitarian response to more than $788 million since the start of Fiscal Year 2014.
“…the most likely outcome of this will be another ‘Iraqi summer.’ A return to Sadrist encouraged, but not controlled, popular protest in the face of a failed reform program, electricity shortages and more stories about the industrial strength corruption that has done so much to undermine public support for the Iraqi state.”