Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: JUNE 9 – 16, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr’s 73 Representatives Resign From Parliament; KRG Says Federal Court Has No Power To Invalidate Oil Legislation – On June 12, Muqtada al-Sadr instructed the members of his 73-strong bloc in Parliament to submit their resignations, describing the move as “a sacrifice for the homeland and the people… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 2 – 9, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves IQD25 Trillion “Food Security” Bill; Sadr Tells His Lawmakers To Prepare Resignations – On June 8, Iraq’s Parliament voted to approve the “Emergency Support for Food Security and Development” bill during a session that was attended by 273 lawmakers. The passage of the contentious bill, which… Read more

ISHM: MAY 26 – JUNE 2, 2022

Key Takeaways: KRG Oil Chief Resigns; U.S. Criticizes Anti-Israel Law; Sacked Governor Fights To Stay In Power; UNAMI Says Accountability For Abuses Remains “Limited” – On May 26, KRG PM Masrour Barzani said his Minister of Natural Resources, Kamal al-Atrushi, had “voluntarily” resigned. On May 26, the U.S. Department of… Read more

ISHM: MAY 19 – 26, 2022

Key Takeaways: Militias Threaten Kurdish Leaders; KDP, PUK Meet In An Attempt To Break Deadlock; Parliament Passes Bill Criminalizing Ties With Israel – On May 23, an umbrella group of Iran-backed Iraqi militias accused the KDP of collaborating with Israel and “training armed factions…that aim to spread chaos.” The message… Read more

ISHM: MAY 12 – 19, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Lashes Out At Rivals, Judiciary; UNAMI Says Political Will To End Deadlock Is “Painfully Absent”; Parliament Bypasses Court Ruling On Spending Bill; Salah Ad-Din Governor Sacked – On May 16, Muqtada al-Sadr attacked his rivals in the Coordination Framework (CF) and the Federal Supreme Court after the… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 28 – MAY 5, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr And Coordination Framework Present Competing Government Formation Proposals Involving Independents – On May 4, the Coordination Framework (CF) presented a proposal aimed at resolving the political deadlock over government formation. The nine-point statement urged the KDP and PUK to reach consensus on a candidate for the presidency,… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 21 – 28, 2022

Key Takeaways: Tehran And Riyadh Hold New Talks In Baghdad; Halbousi, Threatened By Returning Political Rivals, Seeks New Understanding With Iran – On April 23, Iran’s foreign ministry said that Iran and Saudi Arabia recently held a “fifth round” of diplomatic talks in Baghdad. Iranians said the talks were “positive,”… Read more