As of 31 August 2017, the DTM has identified 3,259,872 internally displaced persons (543,312 families) displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 99 districts and 3,734 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has identified 2,171,034 returnees (361,839 families). Overall, the total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately 1% (35,730 individuals). Decreases were recorded across 12 governorates with peaks in Dahuk (6% or 23,808) and in Baghdad (6% or 16,530). Anbar governorate recorded a significant increase (11% or 11,388). The displacement is in anticipation of the military operations expected to be launched in west Anbar. The returnee population increased by 5% (99,054 individuals). The two governorates with the highest increase in returnee population were Anbar (6% or 58,314) and Ninewa (8% or 28,740).