Month: March 2020

ISHM: MARCH 19 – MARCH 26, 2020

Key Takeaways: Shia Blocs Fail To Agree On Supporting PM-Designate Adnan al-Zurfi; Al-Khazali Calls For Giving The Care-Taker Government Emergency Powers; Fatah Coalition Tells Zurfi To Step Down – On March 20, Reuters reported that the U.S. government was “enormously disappointed” with Baghdad’s ineffective efforts to protect American personnel from… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 12 – MARCH 19, 2020

Key Takeaways: Escalation Between U.S. And Militias Strains U.S.-Iraq Relations; President Salih Names New PM-Designate Amid Strong Objections From Fatah Coalition; New PM-Designate Promises Elections Within A Year – On March 16, Baghdad sent letters to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General condemning the “misguided American aggression” after… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 5 – MARCH 12, 2020

Key Takeaways: Iran’s Security Chief Lobbies To Keep Abdul-Mahdi In Office; Three Killed, Dozens Injured In New Violence Against Protesters; Iraq Braces For Financial Crisis As Oil Drops; Seven-Member Committee To Select New PM – On March 7, the head of Iran’s National Security Council arrived in Baghdad for meetings… Read more


Key Takeaways: Militia Threatens Security Forces, Politicians; Allawi Ends Bid To Form New Government; President Salih Seeks New Candidates; Abdul-Mahdi Delegates Authority to Deputies; More Than 200 Protester Injured By Government Forces – On February 29, a Twitter account believed to belong to Kata’ib Hezbollah threatened Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service, politicians,… Read more