Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: September 14 – 21, 2023

Key Takeaways: Halabja Vote Blocked; GCC, U.S. Urge Iraq To Recognize Kuwait Border Treaty; Iraq Says It Relocated Iranian Opposition Groups; Sudani To visit Washington And Moscow – On September 18, Iraq’s parliament postponed a vote to formally recognize Halabja as the country’s 19th province after the Coordination Framework introduced… Read more

ISHM: September 7 – 14, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraq Says It Bagan Disarming Iranian Opposition Groups; Austria To Reopen Its Iraq Embassy; Barzani In Baghdad To Demand Budget Funds – On September 12, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said from Tehran that Iraq has disarmed Iranian Kurdish opposition groups that have bases near the Iranian border… Read more

ISHM: August 31 – September 7, 2023

Key Takeaways: Protests Turn Deadly As Tensions Rise In Kirkuk; Top Court Strikes Down Border Treaty With Kuwait – On September 2, violent clashes erupted in Kirkuk over the possession of a building used as the local headquarters of security forces that was once the main local office of the… Read more

ISHM: August 24 – 31, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraq To Disarm, Relocate Kurdish Iranian Dissident Groups By September 19; Court Finds Parts Of The Election Law Unconstitutional – On August 28, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that Baghdad and Tehran had reached an agreement to disarm “armed terrorist groups” that have presence in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, shut… Read more

ISHM: August 17 – 24, 2023

Key Takeaways: Turkey’s Foreign Minister In Iraq To Discuss Oil, Water, And PKK Presence – On August 23, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan visited Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders that focused on Ankara’s conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), resuming oil exports from the Kurdistan region, and Iraq’s… Read more

ISHM: August 10 – 17, 2023

Key Takeaways: Former Ministers, Kadhimi Aides Face New Legal Action; Sudani Sacks More Directors General – On August 13, a court in Baghdad issued an order to freeze the assets belonging to the oil minister in former PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismael, who is facing charges in cases… Read more

ISHM: July 27 – August 10, 2023

Key Takeaways: Coordination Framework Factions To Compete In Elections Separately; Baghdad Seeks Extradition Of Senior Kadhimi Aides; Iraq, U.S. Discuss Future Of Security Cooperation – On August 3, the leaders of the Coordination Framework (CF) said that their parties plan to compete in the country’s next provincial elections separately and… Read more

ISHM: July 20 – 27, 2023

Key Takeaways: Reactions to New Quran Burning Incident Strain Relations with Europe; Turkey’s Erdogan to visit Iraq Next Week – On July 22, hundreds of Muqtada al-Sadr’s followers demonstrated near the Green Zone in Baghdad to protest another incident in which a group of ultranationalists desecrated a copy of the… Read more

ISHM: July 13 – 20, 2023

Key Takeaways: Cardinal Sako Leaves Baghdad As Tension With Christian Militia Leader Escalates; Sudani Visits Damascus; Iraq Severs Ties With Sweden, Embassy Torched – On July 15, Cardinal Louis Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldeans, announced his decision to relocate his office from Baghdad to Erbil in objection to “the deliberate… Read more