Category: EPIC

ISHM: OCTOBER 15 – OCTOBER 22, 2020

Key Takeaways: Militia Supporters Attack KDP Baghdad Office; Political Leaders Condemn Extra Judicial Killings In Salah Ad-Din; Kadhimi Tours European Capitals; Former Ninewa Governor Arrested – On October 17, militia supporters burned the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Baghdad. A new group calling itself “Rab’ Allah” is… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 8 – OCTOBER 15, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Announces Deal On Normalization In Sinjar; Parliament Holds Controversial Vote On Districting; Militias Announce Conditional Truce; Economic Reform White Paper Released – On October 9, PM Kadhimi announced an agreement with the KRG to “restore stability and normalize conditions” in Sinjar. The deal assigns security responsibility to… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 8, 2020

Key Takeaways: Iraqis Mark Anniversary Of 2019 Protests; Kadhimi Underlines Determination To Protect Diplomatic Missions; Sadr Threatens Protesters Following Clashes In Karbala – On October 1, thousands of Iraqis gathered in Tahrir Square to commemorate the anniversary of the 2019 protests which forced the resignation of PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi and… Read more

Closing the US Embassy in Baghdad Is the Wrong Answer

Originally published by the LSE Middle East Center Blog – October 5, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s threat to close the American embassy in Baghdad exposes a dangerous dichotomy in the Trump administration’s Iraq policy. Less than six weeks ago, the administration gave visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 1, 2020

Key Takeaways: Tensions Rise As U.S. Plans To Close Its Embassy, Exchanges Threats With Pro-Iran Militias; Election Law Vote Postponed – On September 25, Moqtada al-Sadr called for an investigation into attacks on diplomatic missions, saying they damage Iraq’s reputation. PM Kadhimi endorsed the proposal, saying that “the coalition of… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 17 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Visits France Next Month; Constitutional Amendments Committee Reports Progress; Halbousi Targets Sep 26 Election Law Vote; Sadr, PMF Committee Denounce Attacks – On September 18, Iraq’s Foreign Minister said from Paris that PM Kadhimi will visit France next month. On September 18, a presidential adviser said an… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 10 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Key Takeaways: Sistani Backs Reforms And Early Elections; Kadhimi Replaces 16 Senior Officials; Security Forces Make Anti-Corruption Arrests – On September 10 – 11, PM Kadhimi met with KRG President Nechirvan Barzani in Erbil for talks, visited Halabja, met with IDPs in Duhok, and inspected Border crossings in Sulaymaniyah. On… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 3 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Reconvenes, May Vote On 2020 Budget Next Week; Disagreements Continue Over Electoral Districts; Finance Minister Outlines Economic Problems Before Parliament; Kadhimi Removes Sect From Government Forms – On September 5, Parliament held its first session of the legislative season with only 169 members in attendance, and conducted… Read more

Will young protesters be the dark horses in Iraq’s next election?

Originally published by Middle East Monitor – September 3, 2020 On 4 August, Iraqi activist Ridha Al-Igaili’s home in Amara, the capital of Maysan province, was attacked by militiamen who fired a rocket-propelled grenade and sprayed the building with bullets. This was the second attempt on his life this year.… Read more