Year: 2023

ISHM: December 14 – 28, 2023

Key Takeaways: Incumbents Gain In Provincial Elections Marred By Low Turnout; Sudani Says His Government Is Moving To End U.S. Military Presence – On December 18, Iraq conducted its first provincial council elections in a decade amid signs of widespread apathy and boycott by most voters. Election officials said that… Read more

Celebrating 25 Years of Enabling Peace: Help Strengthen our Impact in 2024

We’re on a meaningful journey together. For a quarter-century, thanks to supporters like you, EPIC has worked to advance peace and human rights in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. We have stood against international sanctions and the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, navigated the aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, documented… Read more

ISHM: December 7 – 14, 2023

Key Takeaways: Washington Presses Baghdad To Prevent Further Militia Attacks On U.S. Interests – On December 8, following the December 7 mortar attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told PM Mohammed al-Sudani in a phone call that Washington “reserves the right to respond decisively” against… Read more

ISHM: November 30 – December 7, 2023

Key Takeaways: Court Dismisses Case Against Former Speaker’s Party; Top Iranian General In Baghdad Calling For More Security Cooperation – On December 3, the Electoral Judicial Committee in Iraq dismissed a case that was filed by a prominent Sunni Arab political party calling for the removal of the Taqaddum party… Read more

ISHM: November 16 – 30, 2023

Key Takeaways: New U.S. Sanctions Target Militias; PM Rejects Resignations of Three Ministers; Election of New Speaker Delayed; KDP Returns to Kirkuk – On November 17, the U.S. State and Treasury Departments imposed new sanctions against the Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada and Kataib Hezbollah militias over their role in attacking U.S.… Read more

ISHM: November 9 – 16, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court Removes Parliament Speaker Halbousi From Office – On November 14, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling, final and not subject to appeal, terminating the tenure of parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi. The ruling was in response to charges filed by Laith al-Dulaimi, a former… Read more

ISHM: November 2 – 9, 2023

Key Takeaways: Blinken’s Visit Met Brazen Kataib Hezbollah Threat; Sudani In Tehran For Talks With Khamenei – On November 5, Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Baghdad for talks with PM Mohammed al-Sudani, which Blinken said were “good, productive, candid.” Blinken said his two goals were to ensure the security… Read more

ISHM: October 26 – November 2, 2023

Key Takeaways: Government Rejects Sadr’s Call To Expel The U.S. Ambassador; Militia Commander Says Decision Has Been Made To Fight U.S. Forces – On October 27, Muqtada al-Sadr called on the Iraqi government and parliament to close the U.S. embassy in the country over Washington’s support for Israel. Sadr, however,… Read more

ISHM: October 19 – 26, 2023

Key Takeaways: Militia Group Slams Sudani For Condemning Attacks On U.S. Forces; Total of 461 Candidates Barred From The Upcoming Provincial Election – On October 23, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, one of the powerful Iran-backed militias in Iraq, criticized PM Sudani for condemning the recent wave of attacks on U.S. forces… Read more