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Children stand amid rubble in Fallujah, Iraq. Photo: Sabah Arar / AFP / Getty Images

The U.N., U.S. State Department, and Iraqi Directorate of Mine Action began discussions last week about producing advertisements on social media, like Facebook, to warn the approximately 3 million internally displaced persons in Iraq about the dangers of unexploded devices remaining after ISIS, State Department officials tell Axios.

“The traditional mine risk education model isn’t reaching all returnees in Iraq because many are self-returning and not going through camps" where risk education is taking place, Sol Black, Program Manager in the State Department’s Near East and Emergency Response division, said.
  • What’s so different about this case, according to Jerry Guilbert, the Deputy Director of Programs in the U.S State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, is that Iraqis are on the “edge of conflict” and are not in a “strictly post-conflict” environment, leaving the displaced Iraqis' plans to return home still in flux.

The ads would include photos of IEDs to be wary of in urban centers in Iraq, according to Black.

  • The team is also considering a billboard ad along the major artery, Route 12, in Anbar Province, to reach Iraqis who are on their way home but who haven't been in camps where more traditional mine risk education would have reached them.
  • The social media ads may be tailored to different communities with different dialects to make sure the ads are accessible and effective no matter where they are in Iraq "from Hawijah, to Tal Afar, to Ramadi," Black said.

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Biden lays out $1.75 trillion "framework" before Europe departure

President Biden in Kearny, N.J., on Oct. 25. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

President Biden announced Thursday a "framework" for $1.75 trillion in social program and climate change spending after failing in prior efforts to win over his fellow Democrats on a much broader and costlier package.

Why it matters: Biden is gambling that by proclaiming the broad contours of the proposal, which he immediately began selling in a meeting with House Democrats before jetting off to Europe, progressives will vote for his $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan if and when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brings it to the floor.

Economy slows in third quarter amid Delta variant

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy increased at an annual rate of 2% in the third quarter, the Department of Commerce said Thursday.

Driving the news: The gross domestic product figures for July through September come in much lower than the 6.7% increase in the second quarter, reflecting the "continued economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce.

Top Dem says Big Oil put Earth on "brink" of catastrophe

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Don't expect a sedate House hearing Thursday on allegations that Big Oil has intentionally sown doubt about climate change.

What they're saying: "For far too long, Big Oil has escaped accountability for its central role in bringing our planet to the brink of a climate catastrophe. That ends today," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, intends to say in her opening remarks shared with Axios.