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HISTORY

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) began in 2005 when Iraqi-American and 25-year Minneapolis resident Sami Rasouli returned to his home in Iraq. There, Sami founded the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), a grassroots, non-religious, nonprofit organization. Colleagues in Minnesota started  IARP the same year to create bridges of communication, understanding, and support between the people of Iraq and the United States. IARP was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in July of 2007.

In cooperation with one of our partners, the City of Minneapolis, IARP nurtured a resolution, unanimously passed by the Minneapolis City Council in July of 2009, to become Sister Cities with Najaf, Iraq. That same year, IARP began person-to-person exchanges and educational programs between Americans and Iraqis.

Today we are Iraqis and Americans, veterans and refugees, peace activists and artists, students and professionals united by a common goal: growing reconciliation between our people and building a more peaceful world.