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ISHM: MAY 14 – MAY 21, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Reaches Out To Hostile Militia Commanders; Pride Flag Incident Threatens Relations With EU; Kadhimi Orders Investigations Into Forced Disappearances; Fresh Protests reported In Several Provinces – On May 16, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited the popular mobilization forces (PMF) commission and met with several senior commanders, including that… Read more

ISHM: MAY 7 – MAY 14, 2020

Key Takeaways: New Government Releases Detained Protesters; Call For U.S. Support Divides Fatah; Kadhimi Appoints Acting Ministers, Reinstates Popular General; PM Talks Security, Economy With Trump And Rouhani – On May 8, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who underlined NATO’s interest in strengthening counter terrorism… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 30 – MAY 7, 2020

Key Takeaways: Iraq’s Parliament Approves Partial Cabinet Led By Mustafa Al-Kadhimi; U.S. Offers Kadhimi Support And Extended Sanctions Waivers; Sulaymaniyah Pushes For Decentralization As Divisions Hit KRI Parliament – On May 4, the provincial council in Sulaymaniyah began preparing proposals for decentralization within the KRI with support from the the… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 23 – APRIL 30, 2020

Key Takeaways: KRG Defends Its Share Of Budget As Baghdad Halts Payments; Fatah Accuses Kadhimi Of Using Double Standards, Marginalizing The Shia In Cabinet Formation; Kadhimi Presents Government Program; Protests To Resume May 10 – On April 25, the local press reported that the Iraqi government instructed the Finance Ministry… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 16 – APRIL 23, 2020

Key Takeaways: Intense Competition Over Cabinet Positions Obstructs Government Formation; Kadhimi Presents Political Blocs With Partial Cabinet; Finance Minister Under Fire Over KRG Payments – On April 19, the Nasr coalition said that sharp disagreements over the allocation of government positions were obstructing cabinet formation efforts by PM-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi.… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 9 – APRIL 16, 2020

Key Takeaways: Militia Castigates Political Parties Over Kadhimi’s Appointment; U.S. And Iran Welcome The Consensus On Kadhimi; Political Parties Claim To Offer Kadhimi Freedom To Select His Ministers – On April 10, Kataib Hezbollah condemned the appointment of Mustaf al-Kadhimi as the new PM-designate, calling it a “declaration of war… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 2 – APRIL 9, 2020

Key Takeaways: U.S And Iraq To Discuss Troops Presence In “Strategic Dialogue” Set For June; Adnan Al-Zurfi Steps Down, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi Becomes The New Prime Minister-Designate – On April 5, care-taker PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi met with U.S. ambassador Matthew Tueller to discuss an American proposal to initiate “strategic dialogue” between… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 26 – APRIL 2, 2020

Key Takeaways: New Sanctions Target Iran’s Affiliates In Iraq; Abdul-Mahdi Cautions Against Escalation Between U.S. And Militias; Fatah Moves Against President Salih; Zurfi Faces Stiff Opposition And Iran Pushes For Alternatives – On March 26, the U.S. added twenty Iranian and Iraqi businesses and individuals to the list of entities… Read more

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