Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: JUNE 24 – JULY 1, 2021

Key Takeaways: PMF Show Off Weapons Arsenal; Leaders Of Egypt, Jordan Discuss Strategic Cooperation With Iraq; Airstrikes Intensify Calls To Withdraw U.S. Troops – On June 26, the PMF organized a show-of-force parade featuring tanks, armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers, and drones, marking the organization’s 7th anniversary. On June 27,… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 17 – JUNE 24, 2021

Key Takeaways: EU Agrees To Send Election Monitors; U.S. Seizes Websites Of Iran-Backed Iraqi Channels – On June 19, Iraq’s Foreign Minister met with his Ukrainian counterpart to discuss trade, transportation links, cooperation in agriculture, and student exchange programs. On June 20, IHEC said that candidates with alleged ties to… Read more

ISHM: June 10 – June 17, 2021

Key Takeaways: IHEC Reverses Rule, Allows Candidates To Withdraw; Officials Flock To Sunni Shrine Following Threat; Fatah Attacks Budget Deal Between Baghdad And Erbil – On June 10, Kataib Hezbollah militia threatened retaliation if Iraqi PM al-Kadhimi ordered another arrest of a PMF commander. On June 11, IHEC said it… Read more

ISHM: June 3 – June 10, 2021

Key Takeaways: Iraqi and US Commanders Hold Security Talks; Controversial PMF Commander Released For Lack Of Evidence; IHEC Disqualifies 135 Candidates – Between June 4-8, PM Kadhimi and other Iraqi officials held separate talks with the French President, and the Foriegn Ministers of Denmark and the UK. The discussion focused… Read more

ISHM: May 27 – June 3, 2021

Key Takeaways: UN To Monitor Iraq’s Elections; IHEC Bars 20 Candidates; Erdogan Threatens Military Action Deep Inside Iraq – On May 27, the UNSC extended UNAMI’s mission for another year, and approved Baghdad’s request to monitor the upcoming October elections in a “robust and visible” manner. On May 30, Iraq’s… Read more

ISHM: May 6 – May 13, 2021

Key Takeaways: Assassination Sparks Anti-Iran Protests; Political Parties Boycott October Elections; UNAMI Criticizes Baghdad’s Crises Handling – Between May 9-12, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Karbala, Babylon, Najaf and Baghdad to protest the assassination of Ehab al-Wazni, a prominent activist and leader of protests movement in Karbala.… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 29 – May 6, 2021

Key Takeaways: De-Baathification Returns As Election Nears; Iraqi President Confirms “Ongoing” Riyadh-Tehran Talks; Militia Commander Calls For Depopulating Volatile Towns – On April 29, reports emerged of a push by the deputy speaker of parliament to re-establish the “De-Baathification” committee, causing uproar about its possible use to eliminate political rivals.… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 22 – APRIL 29, 2021

Key Takeaways: Deadly Hospital Fire Reignites Calls To Address Corruption; Sunni Alliances Take Shape Ahead Of Elections; US Commander Says No Plans To Withdraw From Iraq – On April 23, CENTCOM Commander Gen. McKenzie said there were currently no plans for military withdrawal from Iraq. On April 23, a person… Read more