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Summary Since early 2014, when the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, launched its offensive in Iraq, fighting has displaced over three million Iraqis from their homes. Of these, an estimated 1.5 million Sunni Arabs now live in the…
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Peshmerga Attacks Have Dire Implications for Mosul Fight

(Erbil) – Security forces of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government have unlawfully destroyed large numbers of Arab homes, and sometimes entire villages, in areas retaken from the Islamic State, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.…
House marked with red “X” for destruction in Qarah Tappah in May 2016.
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“Urban areas have become death traps for thousands of civilians,” says a new report issued by the United Nations Secretary-General ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit, which opens May 23, 2016, in Istanbul. The report describes the widespread use…
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 Meeting the
 Challenge
 Protecting
 Civilians through the Convention on Cluster Munitions
 Table of
 Acronyms
 Introduction
 Cluster
 Munitions and their Human Toll
 The
 Convention on Cluster Munitions…
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Other Signatories From the Region are Lebanon, Tunisia

(Beirut) - Middle East and North African governments should follow Iraq's example and sign the International Treaty Banning Cluster Munitions, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraq signed the treaty on November 12, 2009, joining only two other countries in…
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What is the M26 rocket and how does it function?     The M26 is a 227mm unguided artillery rocket delivered by the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) to a range of thirty-two to thirty-eight kilometers. Once it is over the target area, the rocket…
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U.S. military forces in Iraq need to take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian casualties in the current air and ground offensive in Samara, north of Baghdad, Human Rights Watch said today. The dangers to civilians from air strikes were again…
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Cluster Munitions, ‘Decapitation’ Attacks Condemned

Hundreds of civilian deaths in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq could have been prevented by abandoning two misguided military tactics, Human Rights Watch said in a comprehensive new report released today. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas…
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 ACRONYMS
 ATACMS                     Army Tactical
 Missile System
 BDA                            Battle
 Damage Assessment
 BLU                             Bomb Live
 Unit
 CBU                             Cluster…
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Ground-Launched Cluster Munitions Endangering Civilians

The United States and United Kingdom are failing to provide adequate data on their cluster munition strikes in Iraq, and this lack of information is endangering Iraqi civilians, Human Rights Watch charged today. The U.S. Department of Defense has…
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U.S. claims that cluster munitions have not caused significant damage to civilians in Iraq are highly misleading since the Pentagon is evidently citing only figures on air-dropped cluster bombs. The U.S. Army has used ground-based Multiple Launch Rocket…
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The U.S. Central Command should respond publicly to evidence that U.S. forces used cluster munitions in a populated area of Baghdad, Human Rights Watch urged today. According to a report in yesterday’s Newsday, a Central Command spokeswoman has…
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U.S. ground forces in Iraq are using cluster munitions with a very high failure rate, creating immediate and long-term dangers for civilians and friendly soldiers, Human Rights Watch reported today. While use of the weapon has not yet been confirmed by…
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Warning Against Use of Cluster Bombs in Iraq

Dangerous explosive duds from cluster munitions used by allied forces in the 1991 Persian Gulf War are still being found and destroyed in Kuwait at the startling rate of 200 per month, according to official documents obtained by Human Rights Watch. Human…