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Iraq: Security & Humanitarian News for the Week Ending April 5, 2018

Key Takeaways:
report compiled by ISHM Reports Conflict on PKK Presence in Sinjar - On April 1, Fahad Amir Omar, head of Sinjar District, confirmed that Iraqi Security Forces, including the Iraqi Army, Popular Mobilization Units, and local police are deployed throughout the district and along the road to the Syrian border. Omar stated that there are no Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) elements in the city. Two days later, Haydar Qasim Shesho, leader of the Yazidi Protection Force, said that more than 500 PKK fighters have not yet left Sinjar and suggested that they are embedded with PMUs. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish army “may enter Sinjar at any time” if the PKK presence continues, although the Iraqi government is also committed to ousting the U.S.-identified terrorist organization.  more...Abadi Rejects Peshmerga Redeployments to the Disputed Territories - On March 29, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry, Jabar Yawar, t…

Trump's Appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor is Worrisome

Trump Finds Fellow Bully in Bolton
ByMarjorie Cohn

Nothing Donald Trump has done since his inauguration 14 months ago is more dangerous – to the United States, and indeed, to the world – than his selection of John Bolton for National Security Adviser. It is not surprising the president would feel most comfortable receiving advice from a fellow bully. Trump bullies people on a nearly daily basis, directing his ire at immigrants, Muslims, women, LBGTQ people, the poor and the environment. He hurls Twitter attacks at those who disagree with him. The president has encouraged police brutality, suggesting in a Long Island speech that law enforcement officers bang suspects’ heads against police car doors. “Please don’t be too nice” when arresting people, Trump advised. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand over” their head, “I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” After being told someone might throw tomatoes at him …