With all the news coming out of the Middle East, especially Iraq, we’ve had lots of questions here in the newsroom about just what’s going on.
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This map reflects calls for funding in three key sectors (health, education, and services) outlined by the 2013 investment map released by the Iraqi National Investment Commission, the face of private investment in Iraq and the Government’s voice of investment needs.
In the effort to win the “hearts and minds” of Iraqis, two leading international development agencies have spent considerable funding rebuilding Iraq, since 2006. This map begs the question of whether the Sunni community has been disproportionately served.
Source: In some cases, USAID and the World Bank do not disclose the location of a project for security reasons. This map reflects the projects made publicly available through the USAID and World Bank online databases as of June 19, 2014. Ethnic boundaries are drawn based on the work of Dr. M. Izady at Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project, and the Empirical Studies of Conflict.
From reporter Matthew Bell:
"This week, I spoke with Lukman Faily, Iraq’s ambassador in Washington. And one thing I asked him was about the current situation in Iraq’s Anbar province. Militants linked to Al-Qaeda have taken over parts of this region west of Baghdad, where American forces fought some of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War. Amb. Faily said the Iraqi government is making progress, but it would like more help from the US.
British political cartoonist Steve Bell has been taking down British politicians in his weekly cartoons and comic strips for more than three decades in The Guardian. Along the way Bell has caricatured many US presidents.
This one criticizes the Iraq war and ‘shock and awe’ in 2003. Listen to Bell’s description below.
People who work with refugees in the US say that the added security checks may mean that the Department of Homeland Security winds up denying asylum to some legitimate candidates. The number of Iraqis resettled out of Syria dropped by more than one-third in the past fiscal year — from 4,578 in FY2010 to 2,959 in FY2011.
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors the memories of servicemen and women who died serving our nation, we also reflect on the struggles that many returning veterans face.
At theworld.org, men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan talk about their re-entry into civilian life, and about the service members who didn’t make it home: http://www.theworld.org/return/
Many first responders on the scene Monday were also veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Benny from Engine 7 in Boston knew exactly what the explosion was when he first heard it. He is a veteran Marine and served two tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. http://ow.ly/kcIYZ
The war in Iraq officially ended nearly a year and a half ago.
But refugees from the conflict are still being admitted to the US by the thousands, and many of those continue to settle in the city of El Cajon east of San Diego. Reporter Adrian Florido of Fronteras Desk reports: http://ow.ly/jkWpP
In Phoenix, Arizona, there is a soccer club called Team Milan made up of kids—refugees—from all over the world: Burma, Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan. Turns out, Phoenix accepts more refugees than nearly any other American city. And the team’s coaches? They’ve resettled in the US too, but are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. But they find common ground on the field. Reporter Valeria Fernández of “Feet in 2 Worlds” reports this story. http://ow.ly/iLL4B