Year: 2023

ISHM: August 17 – 24, 2023

Key Takeaways: Turkey’s Foreign Minister In Iraq To Discuss Oil, Water, And PKK Presence – On August 23, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan visited Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders that focused on Ankara’s conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), resuming oil exports from the Kurdistan region, and Iraq’s… Read more

ISHM: August 10 – 17, 2023

Key Takeaways: Former Ministers, Kadhimi Aides Face New Legal Action; Sudani Sacks More Directors General – On August 13, a court in Baghdad issued an order to freeze the assets belonging to the oil minister in former PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismael, who is facing charges in cases… Read more

ISHM: July 27 – August 10, 2023

Key Takeaways: Coordination Framework Factions To Compete In Elections Separately; Baghdad Seeks Extradition Of Senior Kadhimi Aides; Iraq, U.S. Discuss Future Of Security Cooperation – On August 3, the leaders of the Coordination Framework (CF) said that their parties plan to compete in the country’s next provincial elections separately and… Read more

ISHM: July 20 – 27, 2023

Key Takeaways: Reactions to New Quran Burning Incident Strain Relations with Europe; Turkey’s Erdogan to visit Iraq Next Week – On July 22, hundreds of Muqtada al-Sadr’s followers demonstrated near the Green Zone in Baghdad to protest another incident in which a group of ultranationalists desecrated a copy of the… Read more

ISHM: July 13 – 20, 2023

Key Takeaways: Cardinal Sako Leaves Baghdad As Tension With Christian Militia Leader Escalates; Sudani Visits Damascus; Iraq Severs Ties With Sweden, Embassy Torched – On July 15, Cardinal Louis Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldeans, announced his decision to relocate his office from Baghdad to Erbil in objection to “the deliberate… Read more

ISHM: June 22 – July 6, 2023

Key Takeaways: Sudani’s Government Seeks To Block Parts Of The New Budget Law – On July 3, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court informed parliament that the government of PM Sudani had filed objections against certain articles in the federal budget law the legislature had approved on June 12. The government argues… Read more

ISHM: June 15 – 22, 2023

Key Takeaways: Government Sets Date For Provincial Election; President Rashid Ratifies The Budget Law; Government Prosecutes Kadhimi-Era Anti-Corruption Committee – On June 20, the Council of Ministers decided to set December 18, 2023 as the date to hold the country’s next provincial election. IHEC officials said this week that individuals,… Read more

ISHM: June 8 – 15, 2023

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves Massive, Controversial Budget Law; Sudani Visits Cairo; Emir Of Qatar Visits Baghdad – On June 12, Iraq’s parliament voted to approve a long-delayed budget worth IQD198.9 trillion (over $152 billion) in annual spending, ending months of disagreements over handling oil exports and revenue sharing between the… Read more