What’s Happening With the “Iraq Crisis”?

It’s been more than a month since ISIS captured Iraq’s second largest city.

And we’re still here, living and working to help save the children who are often forgotten in the midst of conflicts like these.

Here are some articles we’ve referenced to understand the different perspectives on what’s going on now—and what might happen next.

ISIS and Politics

Speaker Salim al-Jabouri BBC NEWS
Iraq’s parliament breaks deadlock to elect new speaker
After weeks of debate, Iraq’s parliament takes first the step in forming a new government.


Iraqi troops AL ARABIYA NEWS
Iraqi forces withdraw from ISIS-held Tikrit
Iraqi troops retreated from Saddam’s former hometown after  failing to recapture the city.


Iraqi PM Maliki RUDAW
Maliki to Arab Nations: ‘Do Not Allow Iraq’s Division’
Prime minister, who will not serve a 3rd term, warns surrounding nations to push for unity amongst Iraq’s Kurds, Shias, and Sunnis.


ISIS Militants Captured 52 American-Made Artillery Weapons That Cost $500,000 Each 
After stealing American weapons from Iraqi troops, ISIS is more able to stand against Baghdad.



The Kurdish-Iranian border NAWZAD MAHMOUD
Kurdistan Merchants Worry about Iranian Threat to Close Borders
Iranian officials threaten to shut down border if independence referendum continues.


Female fighters in Peshmerga BBC NEWS
Iraq crisis: Kurdistan’s female fighters take on Isis
Female fighters in the Kurdish peshmerga move to the front lines to fight ISIS in northern Iraq.


Anything else we should know?

Iraqi woman poses for photo BBC NEWS
Iraq 10 years on: In numbers
A glimpse into how Iraq has changed since the 2003 invasion.