Category: EPIC

ISHM: June 13 – 20, 2024

Key Takeaways: POLITICS: Washington Targets Another Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia With Terrorism Designation; Militias Threaten To Resume Anti-U.S. Operations – On June 17, the Department of State said it designated Iraqi militia group Harakat Ansar Allah al-Awfiya (HAAA) and its leader, Haydar Muzhir Ma’lak al-Sa’idi, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The… Read more

ISHM: May 30 – June 6, 2024

Key Takeaways: Security Council Votes To End UNAMI’s Work Next Year; Parliament Approves 2024 Budget Figures; IHEC Reopens Party Registration For Kurdistan Elections – On May 31, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) for a “final 19 month-period”… Read more

ISHM: May 23 – May 30, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sadr Renews The Call To Close The U.S. Embassy; IHEC Proposes New Date For The Kurdistan Region’s Legislative Elections – On May 28, Muqtada al-Sadr called for the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador and the closure of Washington’s embassy “without bloodshed.” Sadr made his call in response to… Read more

ISHM: May 16 – 23, 2024

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect New Speaker; 2024 Budget Includes IQD 11 Trillion In New Spending; Judiciary Partially Restores Minority Quota Seats In Kurdistan Parliament – On May 18, Iraq’s parliament met to elect a new speaker to replace Mohammed al-Halbousi, who was ousted by Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court… Read more

ISHM: May 9 – 16, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sudani Calls For Ending UNAMI’s Work; Halbousi’s Party Endorses New Candidate For Speaker; PUK Wins Appeal Against Suspension Of Election Preparations – On May 10, news sources published a letter from PM Mohammed al-Sudani to the U.N. Secretary-General asking to end the work of the U.N. assistance mission… Read more

ISHM: April 18 – May 2, 2024

Key Takeaways: Iraq, Turkey Sign Two Dozen Agreements During Erdogan’s Visit; Kurdistan Election Preparations Reportedly Put On Hold – On April 22, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Baghdad on his first official visit since 2011. Erdogan’s talks with Iraqi leaders focused on the key issues of border security… Read more

ISHM: April 11 – 18, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sudani Makes His First White House Visit; Threats Complicate Diyala Governor Election; Leading Candidate For Speaker Position Withdraws From Race – On April 15, President Biden hosted PM Sudani at the Oval Office for talks about the future of U.S.-Iraq relations. With regard to energy, Biden affirmed support… Read more