Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: APRIL 1 – APRIL 8, 2021

Key Takeaways: Militia Leader Threatens More Attacks On U.S. Targets; Baghdad And Washington Resume Strategic Dialogue; Investigation Identifies Officers Responsible For Killing Protesters – On April 2, Qais al-Khazali threatened continued attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq, singling out presence at two bases in Anbar and Erbil. On April 3,… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 25 – APRIL 1, 2021

Key Takeaways: Khazali Attacks Sinjar Agreement; IHEC Extends Voter Registration; Parliament Approves 2021 Budget; Kadhimi Visits Saudi Arabia – On March 25, Asaib Ahl al-Haq leader Qais al-Khazali pushed for canceling the Sinjar normalization agreement, calling it a “treasonous” political deal. On March 29, the Foreign Ministers of Jordan and… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 18 – MARCH 25, 2021

Key Takeaways: Budget Vote Delayed; IHEC Cancels Voting Outside Iraq; New Supreme Court Members Nominated; Strategic Dialogue Resumes In April – On March 20, Parliament announced that it will vote on the 2021 federal budget on March 27. On March 20, Iraqi courts issued arrest warrants for two political commentators… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 11 – MARCH 18, 2021

Key Takeaways: Parliament Amends Supreme Federal Court law; Tension In Kirkuk Over Contested Building; Militia Leader Lashes Out At Intelligence Service; State Of Law Threatens KRG Over Budget – On March 11, dozens of protesters gathered in Amara to condemn the March 10 killing of Ahmed al-Hiliji, the father of… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 4 – MARCH 11, 2021

Key Takeaways: Lawmakers Vote On Supreme Court Law; Militias Defend “Right” To Attack U.S. Targets; Pope Francis Concludes Visit; Kadhimi Calls For National Dialogue; Biometric Voter Registration Falls Short – On March 4, Parliament began voting on a long-delayed law for the country’s Supreme Federal Court, but lingering disagreements postponed… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 4, 2021

Key Takeaways: Several Killed In New Dhi-Qar Protests; Militias Lash Out After U.S. Strikes Target Them In Syria; Iraq’s Foreign Minister In Tehran To Control Fallout – On February 25, protesters calling for the dismissal of Dhi-Qar’s governor clashed with security forces in Nasiriyah. Iraq’s Human Rights Commission said that… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Key Takeaways: Militia Leaders Lash Out At Turkey, Oppose NATO Mission Expansion; New Rocket Attacks Challenge Kadhimi And Biden; Two Killed, Dozens Injured Amid New Protests – On February 14, Fatah Coalition leader Hadi al-Amiri claimed he had seen “confirmed intelligence” about Turkish plans to attack Sinjar, and Harakat Hezbollah… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 4 – FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Key Takeaways: Protests Escalate In Dhi-Qar, Wasit; Sadr’s Militia Deploys On Anniversary Of Deadly Attacks On Protesters; Debate Intensifies Over International Monitoring Of Elections – On February 5, security forces injured three protesters during new demonstrations in Nasiriyah demanding the release of kidnapped activists. Demonstrators gathered in Wasit province too… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 4, 2021

Key Takeaways: U.S. And Iraq To Resume Strategic Dialogue; Committee Revises 2021 Budget; KRG In Tense Negotiations For Its Share; Foreign Minister Discusses Energy, Banking And Regional Tensions In Tehran – On January 28, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Iraq’s Foreign Minister discussed resuming their bilateral strategic dialogue… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 21 – JANUARY 28, 2021

Key Takeaways: Command Changes Raise Tension Between Kadhimi And Militias; Erdogan Threatens Action In Sinjar; 113 Lawmakers Demand Changes To 2021 Budget; Jordan’s PM In Baghdad For Trade Talks – On January 21, PM Kadhimi replaced five senior security officials following the deadly January 21 suicide bombings. Kataib Hezbollah condemned… Read more