Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 9 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Visits Tehran; PMF Reinstate 30,000 Discharged Fighters; Iraq Seeks Help In Recovering Billions In Stolen Funds; IHEC Cracks Down On Voter Card Trade – On September 12, PM Kadhimi arrived in Tehran and co-chaired a meeting with Iran’s Ibrahim Raisi to discuss expanding commerce, Iraq’s water rights… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 2 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Key Takeaways: Baghdad And Riyadh Discuss Security Cooperation; UNAMI Outlines Measures To Prevent Electoral Fraud; CENTCOM And Kadhimi Discuss Ending U.S. Combat Presence – On September 4, the Saudi Interior Minister met with PM Kadhimi in Baghdad to discuss security cooperation, especially in counter terrorism, border security, and exchanging expertise.… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

Key Takeaways: Muqtada Al-Sadr Reverses Decision To Boycott Elections; Baghdad Hosts “Successful” Regional Summit; Kadhimi Pushes Compulsory Service Bill – On August 27, Muqtada al-Sadr reversed his earlier decision to boycott the upcoming October election, citing a letter signed by several political leaders promising to work with him to advance… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 19 – AUGUST 26, 2021

Key Takeaways: Preparations Continue For August 28 Regional Conference; Kadhimi Visits Kuwait; Sadrists Say Early Election “Unconstitutional”; UNAMI Lauds IHEC’s Preparations – On August 21, Turkey’s Erdogan defended the August 16-17 deadly Turkish airstrikes in Sinjar during a phone call with PM Kadhimi. On August 21, Japan’s Foreign Minister arrived… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 19, 2021

Key Takeaways: Preparations For Regional Conference Continue; Tension Rises Between Sistani’s Followers And Iran-Backed Militias; Saeroun, Fatah Exchange Jabs Over Election Boycott; Former Air Force Commander Faces Prison – On August 14-15, Iraqi officials invited Qatar and the UAE to attend a regional conference that Baghdad intends to host by… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 12, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Urges Election Boycotters To Reconsider; Baghdad To Host Regional Conference; Protests Escalate Against Raids And Arrests In Nasiriyah – On August 7, PM Kadhimi convened a meeting of Iraqi political leaders, during which Kadhimi insisted on holding the election on time and urged political parties that had… Read more

ISHM: JULY 22 – AUGUST 5, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi In Washington As Strategic Dialogue Resumes; U.S. To End “Combat” Mission By Year End; Kadhimi Says “White Paper” Reforms Will Commence – On July 23, Iraq and the U.S. launched a new round of strategic dialogue talks in Washington D.C., during which the U.S. pledged additional support… Read more

ISHM: JULY 15 – 22, 2021

Key Takeaways: Iraq Announces Arrest Of Analyst Husham Al-Hashimi’s Killers; Kadhimi Meets Biden Next Week; PUK Tensions Subside; Iraqis Rally To End Impunity – On July 16, PM Kadhimi announced the arrest of one of suspects in the July 2020 assassination of prominent political analyst Husham al-Hashimi. The televised confessions… Read more

ISHM: JULY 8 – JULY 15, 2021

Key Takeaways: Deadly Hospital Fire Creates Outrage; Sadr Says He Withdraws From Politics; PUK Infighting Exposes Intense Division – On July 8, IHEC said candidates can begin campaigning for the October elections. On July 11, UNAMI chief condemned the abduction of Iraqi journalist Ali al-Mikdam as part of “cowardly aggressions… Read more

ISHM: JULY 1 – JULY 8, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Seeks Stronger Economic Ties With Rome; Iraqis Protest Electricity Shortages; Militias Threaten More Strikes On U.S. Interests – On July 2, PM Kadhimi met with his Italian counterpart and Italian business executives and encouraged them to participate in Iraq’s major infrastructure projects, including the Faw Port. Throughout… Read more