Category: EPIC

ISHM: JULY 23 – JULY 30, 2020

Key Takeaways: Iraq Asks Neighbors To Release More Water; Protesters Killed In Violent Crackdown As Electricity Shortages Ignite New Demonstrations; Leading Kurdish Parties To Mend Fences – On July 24, the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources said Iraqi and Syrian officials were coordinating to put pressure on Turkey for their… Read more

ISHM: JULY 16 – JULY 23, 2020

Key Takeaways: Minister Says Iraq Urgently Needs Water Agreement With Turkey; Finance Minister Leads Delegation To Riyadh; PM Kadhimi Postpones Trip to Saudi Arabia, Visits Iran – On July 16, Iraq’s Minister of Water Resources said Iraq needs to reach an agreement with Turkey about its water projects or the… Read more

ISHM: JULY 9 – JULY 16, 2020

Key Takeaways: Electricity Blackouts, Salary Reforms Spark Protests; PM Seeks Closer Ties With Saudi Arabia; French Foreign Minister Visits Baghdad – Between July 10 and July 14, demonstrators took to the streets to protest poor electricity supplies in multiple provinces, prompting PM Kadhimi to offer private generator operators free fuel… Read more

ISHM: JULY 2 – JULY 9, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Appoints New Security Adviser, Chief of National Security Service; Poor Economic Conditions Spark Protests In Kurdistan; Public Anger Over Assassination Of Prominent Researcher – On July 4, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi appointed retired General Abdul-Ghani al-Asadi, a former commander in the Counter-Terrorism Service as head of the National… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 25 – JULY 2, 2020

Key Takeaways: Militias Attack PM Kadhimi Over Raid On Kataib Hezbollah; PM Sacks Media Commissioner, Eyes Changes In 6,000 Posts; Judiciary Drops Charges Against Former Finance Minister – On June 26, Qais al-Khazali and a Kataib Hezbollah spokesman attacked PM Kadhimi after Iraqi counter-terrorism forces arrested 14 Kataib Hezbollah members… Read more


The COVID-19 pandemic, which for the first few months seemed to mysteriously spare Iraq’s exposed population, is now hitting the country of 39 million and its under-resourced health system hard. The main cause has been poor compliance with social distancing policies by many Iraqis who haven’t taken the pandemic seriously… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 18 – JUNE 25, 2020

Key Takeaways: Election Law Deadlock Continues; PM Wants To Eliminate Double Pay In Public Sector; KRG Seeks New Oil And Budget Deal; Parliament Approves $17 Billion Borrowing Bill – On June 18, political sources said that major political blocs continue to have strong disagreements over the election law annex that… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 11 – JUNE 18, 2020

Key Takeaways: U.S. And Iraq To Resume Dialogue In July; Parliament Wants Comprehensive Reform Plan Before Authorizing Borrowing; Tension Rises With Turkey Over Anti-PKK Operations – On June 11, the U.S. and Iraq concluded the first round of strategic dialogue talks and agreed to resume discussions in Washington in July.… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 4 – JUNE 11, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves Seven New Ministers; Protesters Demand Resignations Of Several Governors; Parliament Blocks Government Pay Cut Plans; U.S. And Iraq Launch Strategic Dialogue – On June 6, Iraq’s Parliament voted to approve seven new members of PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s cabinet, thereby filling all 22 cabinet positions. On June… Read more

ISHM: MAY 28 – JUNE 4, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Resumes Election Law Discussions; Fatah To Push For U.S. Forces Expulsion During Strategic Dialogue; Kadhimi Presents Candidates To Fill Vacant Cabinet Positions – On May 31, the Saeroun alliance of Moqtada al-Sadr renewed its attacks on Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, holding him responsible for the “clinical death”… Read more