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Security Council urges international support for Government’s combat against insurgents

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UN News Service

19 September 2014 – The Security Council today strongly condemned attacks by terrorist organizations including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and urged Member States to assist the Iraqi Government’s efforts to combat militants and implement its new political agenda, while the United Nations envoy to the country briefed on the latest developments.

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UNFPA established the first soccer field in Domiz Camp for Syrian Refugees

Duhok, Iraq— The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), this week, inaugurated the first soccer pitch in the Domiz Camp for Syrian Refugees to enable the youth there exercise their favorite game.

The soccer field which was established in cooperation with the Domiz Camp Administration is funded by the Kuwaiti government and The US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Playing soccer and organizing different activities keeps the youth of the camp occupied positively, according to Radouane Belouali, UNFPA chief of operations in Iraq.

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Iraq Crisis Situation Report #6, 15 September 2014

Highlights

  • WFP is now reaching 12 governorates in Iraq, success-fully distributing food in the southern governorate of Muthanna for the first time.

  • WFP welcomed and assisted Emergency Relief Coordi-nator Baroness Valerie Amos on her visit to the Khanke Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Duhok, western Iraq.

  • A EUR 2 million donation received from the German Government has helped WFP serve 6 million hot meals to 220,620 people fleeing from the Sinjar crisis.

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Ensuring quality education for young refugees from Syria : Mapping exercise on quality education for young refugees from Syria (12-25 years)

The Syrian crisis has uprooted the largest number of refugees in recent history. Half of the refugee population are children and young people forced to flee from home and rebuild their lives not knowing if or when return may be possible. It is clear that the initial emergency relief initiatives for Syria’s refugee crisis must now evolve to develop longer-term strategies. This mapping exercise focuses in on refugee youth education, a crucial yet often overlooked element in Syria’s humanitarian response. This report addresses the educational status of refugees from Syria aged 12-25 years.

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Norway promises increased support for Iraq

‘Today’s meeting of the Security Council sends an important signal of international support for Iraq in its fight against the extremist organisation ISIL,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Mr Brende gave an address about the situation in Iraq to the UN Security Council on Friday. He made it clear that Norway will assist Iraq in its fight against ISIL through political, military and not least humanitarian support.

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Iraq Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6 - Fiscal Year 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OFDA airlifts approximately 54 metric tons (MT) of relief commodities from its warehouse in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the city of Erbil

  • U.N. has expended approximately $308 million of the $500 million the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) had pledged to the Iraq response in June

  • Iraqi refugee caseloads continue to increase in Jordan and Lebanon

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Geographical Divide in Maternal Health for Syrian Refugees

By Shelly Kittleson

DOHUK, Iraq, Sep 19 2014 (IPS) - At the largest refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, young Syrian mothers and pregnant women are considered relatively lucky.

The number of registered Syrian refugees surpassed 3 million in late August, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (over 1.1 million), Turkey (over 800,000), and Jordan (over 600,000). In all of the above, serious concerns have been expressed about the availability of healthcare services for expectant mothers.

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Response to the IDP Crisis in Iraq: Displacement Tracking Matrix | DTM Report II of Round VI, September 2014

Introduction

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an IOM information management tool that gathers specific information regarding the condition of displaced persons across the country. DTM data is presently being published and disseminated every two weeks. For the time period January to September 2014 the DTM identified 1,725,432 internally displaced individuals dispersed across 1,715 distinct locations in Iraq. The HCT planning figure remains at 1.8 million IDPs. This planning figure is largely based on the data collected through the DTM.

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Iraqi neighbourhood holds out against jihadists

09/19/2014 14:53 GMT

by W.G. Dunlop

DHULUIYAH, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Caught between jihadists and the Tigris River, residents of one neighbourhood in a Sunni town in Iraq have taken up arms alongside security forces and held out for months.

If the fighters, police and soldiers defending the Jubur area in Dhuluiyah north of Baghdad repel the Islamic State (IS) -- a Sunni jihadist group -- it would be a powerful symbol of resistance for the forces battling against it.

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Denmark tightens asylum laws citing Syrian influx

09/19/2014 13:52 GMT

COPENHAGEN, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Denmark said on Friday it would introduce a new, temporary type of residence permit for asylum seekers fleeing civil wars such as the Syrian conflict after a huge surge in the number of applications.

It also unveiled a new plan for stemming the flow of Danish extremist fighters to Syria and Iraq.

"The majority of the refugees we see at the moment are not individually persecuted in their home country," Justice Minister Karen Haekkerup said in a statement.

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Emergency Grant Aid in response to IDPs in Iraq and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon affected by the ISIL offensive

  1. According to the announcement of the United Nations, the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq, affected by the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) offensive, is increased by approximately 1,800,000 people. Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon is also increased approximately 1,180,000 people (more than a quarter of all the population in Lebanon).

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Iraq bombings kill at least 22

09/19/2014 10:51 GMT

BAGHDAD, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Bombings in and near the Iraqi capital and a blast in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 22 people on Friday, security and medical officials said.

The attacks come as security forces and allied Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribesmen fight to regain ground from militants led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group who overran swathes of the country in June.

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IOM Provides Transportation Assistance to Displaced Persons in Erbil, Iraq

Iraq - On 16 September, IOM transported 210 internally displaced persons (IDPs), (36 families), from Khabat, a city on the road between Mosul and Erbil, to a newly built camp in Ainkawa, a neighborhood of Erbil, where they received IOM family non-food item (NFI) kits. The displaced families fled violence in Mosul and surrounding villages.

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ACT Alliance Full Appeal: Survival Assistance for Displaced Populations and their Host Communities in Northern Iraq – IRQ141

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ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$ 2,890,110

Balance Requested: US$ 1,954,266

Geneva, 19 September 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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KF concludes its relief campaign in Kurdistan region of Iraq

ERBIL, 18th September, 2014 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF) has concluded its relief campaign in Iraq's Kurdistan region, which continued for several days.

An official source at the KF said that over 500,000 displaced persons across Kurdistan benefited from the assistance. The KF team unveiled that the aid comprised food parcels, children and women kits, blankets, household items, in addition to one million pure water bottles.

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Futures under threat: The impact of the education crisis on Syria’s children

From an almost 100 per cent enrollment rate, Syria has now descended to the second worst rate of school attendance in the world with 2.8 million children out of school.

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Bombings, shelling kill 20 in Baghdad Shiite areas

09/18/2014 20:12 GMT

BAGHDAD, September 18, 2014 (AFP) - Two bombings and shelling in Shiite-majority areas of north Baghdad killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 50 on Thursday, security and medical officials said.

A suicide car bombing and shelling struck the Shiite shrine district of Kadhimiyah, while a car bomb exploded in the Tobchi area, the officials said.

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IOM Iraq Crisis Response Situation Report #14: Update for 17 September 2014

Displacement Highlights

IOM Iraq continues to deliver life-saving family non-food item kits throughout Iraq, with 2,560 family NFI kits delivered on 16 and 17 September to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq.

The number of IDPs has increased exponentially in the northern governorate of Erbil due to clashes between government forces and armed groups in the surrounding governorates. As of 1 September, Erbil hosts more than 29,000 IDP families in 49 distinct locations identified by IOM.

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Switzerland sends winter equipment for war refugees in Northern Iraq

Bern, 18.09.2014 - Switzerland has decided to send relief aid to the greater Erbil area in Northern Iraq. The cargo consists primarily of cold weather tents intended to help people displaced by the war to survive the winter. Today, a specialist from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) is flying to Erbil to prepare for distributing the aid. More specialists from the Swiss cooperation office in Amman will join him on the ground.