Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: March 28 – April 4, 2024

Key Takeaways: Candidate Registration For Kurdistan Election Ends; Finance Ministry To Release Delayed Salaries For Kurdistan Region’s Civil Servants – On April 1, Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission confirmed that the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which said it was boycotting regional legislative elections in June, had not presented its lists of… Read more

ISHM: March 14 – 21, 2024

Key Takeaways: Salah Ad-Din Elects New Governor; KDP To Boycott The Kurdistan Region’s Parliamentary Election – On March 17, the provincial council of Salah ad-Din province voted to elect Badr al-Fahal as governor, replacing former governor-elect Ahmed al-Jubouri, who stepped down on February 25 after his confirmation was blocked by… Read more

ISHM: March 7 – 14, 2024

Key Takeaways: Minority Parties To Boycott Kurdistan Election; Kurdish Judge Steps Down From Iraq’s Top Court; Court Decision Expands Internet Censorship – On March 11, several Iraqi Christian and Turkmen political parties in the Kurdistan region said they will boycott the next regional legislative elections in June to protest the… Read more

ISHM: February 29 – March 7, 2024

Key Takeaways: Kurdistan To Hold Elections In June; PMF Chief Under Fire After Controversial Anbar Meeting; Sudani To Visit Washington In April – On March 3, KRG President Nechirvan Barzani signed a decree designating June 10, 2024 as the date for the next parliamentary election in the Kurdistan region. The… Read more

ISHM: February 22 – February 29, 2024

Key Takeaways: KRG PM Holds Talks In Washington; Salah Ad-Din’s Governor-Elect Steps Down; Parliamentary Investigation Targets Basra’s Governor – On February 24, KRG PM Masrour Barzani arrived in Washington where he met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. They discussed Erbil’s budget disputes with Baghdad, the halted oil exports through… Read more

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