Category: EPIC

ISHM: NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 1, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sudani Visits Regional Capitals; Senior Intelligence Officials Fired, Charged With Corruption; Ruling Coalition To Dismiss Early Election Plans – Between November 21 – 29, PM Sudani traveled to Amman, Kuwait City, and Tehran, for meetings with regional leaders. His meetings in Amman focused on counterterrorism and other bilateral… Read more

ISHM: NOVEMBER 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sudani Shakes Up Iraq’s Integrity Committee; Qaani Advises Against Purging Sadrists From Government – On November 13, PM Mohammed al-Sudani removed judge Alaa Jawad al-Saidi from his position as head of the Integrity Commission and appointed judge Haider Hanoun as acting head of the country’s anti-corruption body. Sudani… Read more

ISHM: NOVEMBER 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: PM Sudani Takes Over Key Intelligence Post Sought By Militias; PUK Speaks Of Putting An End To KDP Power Monopoly – On November 6, PM Sudani announced that he will personally oversee the operations of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service. The announcement came amid unconfirmed reports that two… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 3, 2022

Key Takeaways: Militias Push To Prosecute Former PM; Sudani Appoints Militia-Affiliated Advisors, Cancels A Year’s Worth Of Kadhimi’s Decisions – On October 27, the Sadiqoun bloc in parliament, which represents the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, said it sent a letter to the speaker demanding that he instructs the Integrity Commission… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 20 – 27, 2022

Key Takeaways: Iraq’s Parliament Approves Sudani’s New Government – On October 27, the Iraqi parliament voted to approve the government program and cabinet presented by PM Mohammed Shya al-Sudani. During the parliament session, held amid tight security precautions, lawmakers voted to approve 20 ministerial candidates, leaving three portfolios vacant. In… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 13 – 20, 2022

Key Takeaways: PM Kadhimi Appoints New Acting Finance Minister; Sudani To Present His Cabinet Next Week – On October 15, PM Kadhimi’s cabinet agreed to terminate the appointment of Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismael as acting finance minister and tasked State Minister Hiyam Nimat with the finance portfolio until the… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 6 – 13, 2022

Key Takeaways: After Elected President, Rashid Tasks Sudani With Forming A New Government – On October 13, Iraq’s parliament elected Abdul-Latif Rashid, a former minister with PUK ties but backed by the KDP, as the country’s next president in a runoff election in which he defeated the incumbent Barham Salih.… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 6, 2022

Key Takeaways: Dozens Injured As Iraqis Mark Anniversary Of 2019 Protests; UN Mission Offers Grim Assessment Of Political Situation – On October 1, Iraqi authorities and medical sources said that dozens of people were injured during protests in Baghdad, Dhi-Qar, Najaf, and Basra commemorating the third anniversary of the October… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 22 – 29, 2022

Key Takeaways: New Political Coalition Emerges; Sadrists Attempt To Storm Parliament As It Meets For The First Time Since July; Iraq, UN, U.S. Condemn Iranian Missile Strikes – On September 25, sources from the Coordination Framework said they finalized an agreement with the major Sunni and Kurdish blocs to form… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 15 – 22, 2022

Key Takeaways: PMF Arrests Scrutinized After Suspected Torture-Caused Death; Oil Minister Faces Mounting Pressure – On September 15, independent lawmakers called on the judiciary and PM Kadhimi to hold the head of the Popular Mobilization Commission accountable for a wave of recent arrests deemed extrajudicial. The call came after a… Read more