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Monday, February 16, 2015

Iraq Crisis Situation Report No.31 (7 - 13 February 2015)

 ISIL seizes large parts of al-Baghdadi
 WFP begins food distributions in Zummar and AlQuosh;
assessments ongoing
 In Erbil, 1,000 IDPs at Debagah site in need of
WASH assistance
 Situation in Kirkuk remains tense. Aid agencies
operate with caution
 Further support for Al-Wand IDP camp needed

Situation Overview
No new displacement has been reported in Anbar Governorate after fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant (ISIL) seized large parts of the western town of al-Baghdadi on 12 February, threatening an
airbase where US soldiers are training Iraqi troops, about 85 km northwest of Ramadi. ISIL attacked al-Baghdadi
from two directions before advancing on the town. Until its fall, al-Baghdadi was one of the few towns in western
Anbar still held by the Iraqi army.
Families are reportedly too afraid to flee until clashes calm down before moving to another location, the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported, which continues to monitor the situation. According to the
latest IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix, there are currently 373,302 people displaced within Anbar Governorate
(as of 29 January 2015). For months, ISIL had surrounded the town’s parameter preventing much needed
humanitarian assistance of reaching residents, local aid workers confirm. ISIL is reportedly preventing residents
from leaving the city.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has started food distribution through partners in Zummar and Al-Quosh
(Ninewa Governorate). There remains an information gap on returnee population and associated protection
concerns. Partners from the food security cluster are undertaking assessments in newly accessible areas,
including around 15-17 villages in Ninewa Governorate. A handful of partners have been already begun working
in four areas of Ninewa. OCHA is supporting agencies by negotiating and advocating for easy access to the
recovered areas through authorities from Ninewa.
An NGO Consortium has started the Camp Management Project, which will cover 11 out of 14 open camps in
Dahuk. Support will be provided in three areas of camp management – protection, community participation and
information management.
Map Source(s): CODs. The boundaries and names shown and the
designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or
acceptance by the United Nations. Map created on 15 February 2015.