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ISHM: February 15 – 22, 2024

Key Takeaways: Baghdad To Host 2025 Arab Summit; Top Court Rulings To Reshape Kurdistan’s Election System, Budget Payments – On February 19, an Iraqi government spokesman said that Baghdad has submitted a request to host the Arab League summit in 2025. The announcement, and news that the government plans to… Read more

ISHM: February 8 – 15, 2024

Key Takeaways: Lawmakers Boycott Meeting To Discuss Response To U.S. Airstrikes; Talks On Ending Coalition Presence Resume In Baghdad; Sudani Heads To Amsterdam – On February 10, Iraq’s parliament failed to convene a session scheduled to discuss a response to repeated U.S. airstrikes against Iran-backed Iraqi militias. News reports indicated… Read more

ISHM: February 1 – 8, 2024

Key Takeaways: Three Incumbents Among Twelve Newly Elected Governors; Iraq Asks U.S. To Resume Withdrawal Talks; European Foreign Ministers In Baghdad To Discuss Future Security Cooperation – On February 4, Salah ad-Din became the first province where a newly seated provincial council voted to elect a new governor. Within the… Read more

ISHM: January 25 – February 1, 2024

Key Takeaways: Vote To Elect A New Speaker Of Parliament Gets Postponed Again; U.S.-Iraq Higher Military Commission Meetings Begin – On January 27, Iraq’s parliament postponed for another time a planned vote to elect a new speaker for the legislature to replace Mohammed al-Halbousi, whose tenure was ended last November.… Read more

ISHM: January 18 – January 25, 2024

Key Takeaways: New U.S. Sanctions Target Iraqi Airline And Militia-Affiliated Lawmaker; Washington And Baghdad To Begin Talks To End Coalition Presence; Parliament To Elect New Speaker On Saturday – On January 22, the U.S. Treasury Department designated a private Iraqi airline, three senior members of Kataib Hezbollah, including Huqooq lawmaker… Read more

ISHM: January 11 – 18, 2024

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect A New Speaker; Sudani Discusses Future Security Cooperation With NATO, Revives Plans To Visit Washington – On January 14 Iraq’s parliament failed to elect a new speaker to replace Mohammed al-Halbousi, whose tenure was ended by Iraq’s top court last November. The inconclusive vote… Read more

ISHM: January 4 – 11, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sudani Wants To Negotiate A Quick Exit Of U.S.-Led Coalition Forces; Parliament To Elect A New Speaker On Saturday – On January 9, Iraq’s PM Mohammed al-Sudani told Reuters that his government wants to negotiate a quick and organized withdrawal of U.S.-led International Coalition. Sudani, however, did not… Read more

ISHM: December 28, 2023 – January 4, 2024

Key Takeaways: Final Election Results Released; Sudani Confirms More Directors General; Kurdistan Parliamentary Elections Delayed Again; Winners At Risk Of Being Sidelined – On December 28, Iraq’s Electoral Commission (IHEC) posted the final results of the December 18 provincial council elections. The final seat allocation showed only small changes in… Read more

ISHM: December 14 – 28, 2023

Key Takeaways: Incumbents Gain In Provincial Elections Marred By Low Turnout; Sudani Says His Government Is Moving To End U.S. Military Presence – On December 18, Iraq conducted its first provincial council elections in a decade amid signs of widespread apathy and boycott by most voters. Election officials said that… Read more

Celebrating 25 Years of Enabling Peace: Help Strengthen our Impact in 2024

We’re on a meaningful journey together. For a quarter-century, thanks to supporters like you, EPIC has worked to advance peace and human rights in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. We have stood against international sanctions and the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, navigated the aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, documented… Read more