The 1st NAEF launches cross-cultural dialogues in Kurdistan

On Wednesday, May 30th 2018, students attending the American University of Kurdistan in Dohuk, had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural session of Extended Hand dialogues in Iraq.


Extended Hand is an innovative program where participants engage in structured, cross-cultural, dialogues promoting understanding between different people and cultures.

Developed by PennState University and the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association in support of NATO cross-cultural learning requirements for Afghanistan, these programs included the participation of military members from more than 10 NATO member states, engaging with peer aged students and civil society organizations in Afghanistan. Based on successful results, learning innovation and knowledge exchange arising from the Afghanistan-based programs, the 1st NAEF partnered to expand the concept to other nations where allied troops are deployed.

After a successful and productive first session, AUK will continue holding weekly dialogue sessions under 1st NAEF programs.

"Bringing the Extended Hand model to Kurdistan marks the beginning of strong new programs for enhancing cross-cultural learning and international relations opportunities. It is really great to see the inaugural programs taking place between AUK students and regional civil society members in Afghanistan. This pilot sets the stage for more nuanced and personal understandings for participants," - 1st NAEF CEO & Founder, Ian Bradbury.

"The unique and tremendous value of this initiative could not be more apparent and compelling. An initiative such as Extended Hand is the future for cross-cultural training enhancement across elements of civil society and coalition militaries. Building upon this initiative with AUK in Kurdistan is special." - 1st NAEF Program Manager, Whitman Davis.

The 1st NAEF announces a new de-radicalization program for Yezidi boys.

The Lost Boys of Shengal

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Who are they?

  • Yezidi captives of ISIS.
  • The sons of murdered fathers.
  • The sons of captured and traded sex slaves.
  • Boys 5 – 16 years old.

What happened to them?

  • Ripped away from their childhood.
  • Forced to witness the murder or their family and people, and the rapes of their mothers and sisters. 
  • Tortured, raped, abused they would become themselves.
  • Forced to convert to the most radical interpretations of Islam.
  • Forced to undergo militarized training in weapons, hand to hand combat, and tactics, and in some cases, forced commit heinous murders and crimes against others, or at worse their own family members.
  • Indoctrinated to be fighters loyal to the Islamic Caliphate above all else.
  • Many as young as 6 years old.

Learn more about this project on our donations page. 

The 1st NAEF & Noetic International Join Forces

The 1st NAEF & Noetic International Join Forces

Ottawa, Canada (December 17, 2015) - 1st New Allied Expeditionary Force Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Provide Medical Development Programs to Aid the People of Kurdistan

The Canadian non-profit and Kurdistan-registered Non-Governmental Organization (1stNAEF), assisted by US-based, veteran-owned business consulting firm Noetic International (NI), announces the launch of a multi-phase crowdfunding campaign to support programs that will bring much-needed medical development and humanitarian aid to those living within the administrative area of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), especially in light of their current struggle against Daesh (Islamic State) militants.

Help Save Hanin Salo

Help Save Hanin Salo

In October 2015 the plight of an eight-year-old ethnic Yezidi girl named Hanin Salo was brought to the attention of The 1st NAEF. Hanin is suffering from a worsening medical condition while she and her family are living in a Refugee Camp after being forced to flee their home in Shangal. Local medical services have been unable to fully diagnose, let alone treat, her condition(s). 

We at the 1stNAEF are currently working to gather what limited resources we can to assist this innocent girl and her family. We have appealed to the Canadian Government for assistance to Help Save Hanin Salo. 

Please help us.