ISF retakes last ISIS-held town in Iraq
Relief actors advocate safe and voluntary IDP returns to retaken areas of Iraq
Military checkpoint closures constrain humanitarian access in areas of northern Iraq
Humanitarian organizations launch winter assistance activities
Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) regained control of western Anbar Governorate’s Rawa town—the last remaining Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-held town in Iraq—on November 17, international media report. On December 9, Government of Iraq (GoI)
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Iraq, following ISF clearance operations in desert areas of Anbar, Ninewa, and Salah ad Din governorates.
The GoI is evicting internally displaced persons (IDPs), including in Anbar and Salah ad Din, to facilitate households’ return to areas of origin, the UN reports. In response,
U.S. Government (USG) representatives and relief actors are advocating safe and voluntary IDP returns. Countrywide, approximately 2.9 million people remained displaced as of late November, according to USG partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Relief agencies—including USG partners—continue to assist populations affected by recent military operations in Iraq. Between September 17 and November 18,
USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) and its implementing partners provided immediate response rations—sufficient to meet a five-person household’s food needs for three days—to approximately 12,000 households and family food rations—sufficient to meet 80 percent of a household’s monthly food needs—to more than 8,300 households fleeing conflict in western Anbar.