Category: EPIC

ISHM: FEBRUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Key Takeaways: Militia Leaders Lash Out At Turkey, Oppose NATO Mission Expansion; New Rocket Attacks Challenge Kadhimi And Biden; Two Killed, Dozens Injured Amid New Protests – On February 14, Fatah Coalition leader Hadi al-Amiri claimed he had seen “confirmed intelligence” about Turkish plans to attack Sinjar, and Harakat Hezbollah… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 4 – FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Key Takeaways: Protests Escalate In Dhi-Qar, Wasit; Sadr’s Militia Deploys On Anniversary Of Deadly Attacks On Protesters; Debate Intensifies Over International Monitoring Of Elections – On February 5, security forces injured three protesters during new demonstrations in Nasiriyah demanding the release of kidnapped activists. Demonstrators gathered in Wasit province too… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 4, 2021

Key Takeaways: U.S. And Iraq To Resume Strategic Dialogue; Committee Revises 2021 Budget; KRG In Tense Negotiations For Its Share; Foreign Minister Discusses Energy, Banking And Regional Tensions In Tehran – On January 28, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Iraq’s Foreign Minister discussed resuming their bilateral strategic dialogue… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 21 – JANUARY 28, 2021

Key Takeaways: Command Changes Raise Tension Between Kadhimi And Militias; Erdogan Threatens Action In Sinjar; 113 Lawmakers Demand Changes To 2021 Budget; Jordan’s PM In Baghdad For Trade Talks – On January 21, PM Kadhimi replaced five senior security officials following the deadly January 21 suicide bombings. Kataib Hezbollah condemned… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 14 – JANUARY 21, 2021

Key Takeaways: U.S. Troops Down To 2,500; Lawmakers Propose 164 Changes To 2021 Budget; Iraq Pushes Elections Date To October – On January 14, PM Kadhimi visited the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Commission to meet with PMF chief Falih al-Fayyadh after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Fayyadh and his acting… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 7 – JANUARY 14, 2021

Key Takeaways: U.S. Sanctions Senior Militia Figures; Deadly Clashes Erupt During Nasiriyah Protests; New Kurdish Faction Formed In Parliament – On January 8, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Popular Mobilization Committee Chairman Falih al-Fayyadh over human rights violations. Then on January 13, the U.S. State Department added Kataib Hezbollah commander… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 24, 2020 – JANUARY 7, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Says Government Ready For Showdown As Militias Issue Brazen Threats; Parliament To Discuss 2021 Budget On Saturday; Fatah Calls For Removing U.S. Forces – On December 25, PM Kadhimi warned “outlaw” militias that his government was “ready for a decisive confrontation if necessary” while stressing that he… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 24, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Funds Elections Amid Reports Of “Consensus” On Delay; Iraqi Leaders Condemn Embassy Attack; Cabinet Approves 2021 Budget – On December 17, Iraq’s Parliament voted to approve IQD329 billion in funds for the Electoral Commission to prepare for the next election, scheduled for June 2021. On December 21,… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 10 – DECEMBER 17, 2020

Key Takeaways: UNAMI Urges Parliament To Fund Elections; KRG “Ready” To Exchange Oil For Funds; Controversial Politician Barred From Elections; Dhi-Qar Protest Site Cleared; Kadhimi Visits Ankara – On December 11, UNAMI urged lawmakers to quickly approve a IQD329 billion bill, without which the Independent High Electoral Commission won’t be… Read more