Year: 2021

ISHM: JULY 8 – JULY 15, 2021

Key Takeaways: Deadly Hospital Fire Creates Outrage; Sadr Says He Withdraws From Politics; PUK Infighting Exposes Intense Division – On July 8, IHEC said candidates can begin campaigning for the October elections. On July 11, UNAMI chief condemned the abduction of Iraqi journalist Ali al-Mikdam as part of “cowardly aggressions… Read more

ISHM: JULY 1 – JULY 8, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Seeks Stronger Economic Ties With Rome; Iraqis Protest Electricity Shortages; Militias Threaten More Strikes On U.S. Interests – On July 2, PM Kadhimi met with his Italian counterpart and Italian business executives and encouraged them to participate in Iraq’s major infrastructure projects, including the Faw Port. Throughout… Read more

Iraqi Activists And The Difficult Decision To Boycott Elections

In October 2019, a broad based protest movement in Iraq seized international headlines with mass rallies, marches, occupation-style encampments, and civil disobedience in Baghdad and other cities across the south. Activists dubbed their movement “Tishreen” from the Arabic word for October. Despite the largely peaceful, inclusive, and organized nature of… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 24 – JULY 1, 2021

Key Takeaways: PMF Show Off Weapons Arsenal; Leaders Of Egypt, Jordan Discuss Strategic Cooperation With Iraq; Airstrikes Intensify Calls To Withdraw U.S. Troops – On June 26, the PMF organized a show-of-force parade featuring tanks, armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers, and drones, marking the organization’s 7th anniversary. On June 27,… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 17 – JUNE 24, 2021

Key Takeaways: EU Agrees To Send Election Monitors; U.S. Seizes Websites Of Iran-Backed Iraqi Channels – On June 19, Iraq’s Foreign Minister met with his Ukrainian counterpart to discuss trade, transportation links, cooperation in agriculture, and student exchange programs. On June 20, IHEC said that candidates with alleged ties to… Read more

ISHM: June 10 – June 17, 2021

Key Takeaways: IHEC Reverses Rule, Allows Candidates To Withdraw; Officials Flock To Sunni Shrine Following Threat; Fatah Attacks Budget Deal Between Baghdad And Erbil – On June 10, Kataib Hezbollah militia threatened retaliation if Iraqi PM al-Kadhimi ordered another arrest of a PMF commander. On June 11, IHEC said it… Read more

ISHM: June 3 – June 10, 2021

Key Takeaways: Iraqi and US Commanders Hold Security Talks; Controversial PMF Commander Released For Lack Of Evidence; IHEC Disqualifies 135 Candidates – Between June 4-8, PM Kadhimi and other Iraqi officials held separate talks with the French President, and the Foriegn Ministers of Denmark and the UK. The discussion focused… Read more

ISHM: May 27 – June 3, 2021

Key Takeaways: UN To Monitor Iraq’s Elections; IHEC Bars 20 Candidates; Erdogan Threatens Military Action Deep Inside Iraq – On May 27, the UNSC extended UNAMI’s mission for another year, and approved Baghdad’s request to monitor the upcoming October elections in a “robust and visible” manner. On May 30, Iraq’s… Read more