Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

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

ISHM: APRIL 14 – 21, 2022

Key Takeaways: Protests Return As Political Deadlock Continues; Baghdad Demands Withdrawal Of Turkish Forces Amid New Cross-Border Operation – On April 15, several hundred Iraqis gathered in central Baghdad to protest the political deadlock that has prevented government formation for more than six months after the October 2021 election. Organizers… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 7 – 14, 2022

Key Takeaways: Conflict Emerges Over KRI Election Law; No Signs Of Breakthrough In KRG-Baghdad Oil Talks; Fringe Religious Movement Faces Crackdown – On April 11, the New Generation opposition party called on the international community to help ensure the Kurdistan region holds free and fair elections. The appeal comes amid… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 24 – 31, 2022

Key Takeaways: Deadlock Prevents Parliament From Electing A President; Parliament Discusses Controversial Spending Bill; Rioters Attack KDP Office In Baghdad – On March 26 and 30, Parliament failed twice to elect a new president as political deadlock between the trilateral alliance led by Muqtada al-Sadr and his rivals in the… Read more