Month: November 2023

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