Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: June 22 – July 6, 2023

Key Takeaways: Sudani’s Government Seeks To Block Parts Of The New Budget Law – On July 3, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court informed parliament that the government of PM Sudani had filed objections against certain articles in the federal budget law the legislature had approved on June 12. The government argues… Read more

ISHM: June 15 – 22, 2023

Key Takeaways: Government Sets Date For Provincial Election; President Rashid Ratifies The Budget Law; Government Prosecutes Kadhimi-Era Anti-Corruption Committee – On June 20, the Council of Ministers decided to set December 18, 2023 as the date to hold the country’s next provincial election. IHEC officials said this week that individuals,… Read more

ISHM: June 8 – 15, 2023

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves Massive, Controversial Budget Law; Sudani Visits Cairo; Emir Of Qatar Visits Baghdad – On June 12, Iraq’s parliament voted to approve a long-delayed budget worth IQD198.9 trillion (over $152 billion) in annual spending, ending months of disagreements over handling oil exports and revenue sharing between the… Read more

ISHM: May 25 – June 1, 2023

Key Takeaways: Draft Budget Changes Raise Strong KRG Objections; Iraq’s Top Court Says Extending The Kurdistan Parliament’s Term Was Unconstitutional – On May 25, the parliamentary finance committee made several last minute amendments to the 2023-2025 federal budget bill. The changes, which require the KRG to compensate public servants for… Read more

ISHM: MAY 18 – 25, 2023

Key Takeaways: UNAMI Presents New Update On Iraq; Sudani Attends Arab League Summit; KDP-PUK Disputes Over Regional Elections Intensify – On May 18, UNAMI’s Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert delivered a new briefing to the Security Council that reaffirmed that Sudani’s government has “shown its resolve to tackle…pressing issues” facing Iraq, and commended… Read more

ISHM: May 4 – 11, 2023

Key Takeaways: Neighbors Attend Water Conference In Baghdad; Halbousi Faces New Political Threats; PUK To End Its Boycott Of KRG Cabinet Meetings – On May 6, Iran’s Energy Minister and Syria’s Irrigation Minister visited Baghdad to participate in an international conference on water organized by the Iraqi government. Turkish ministers… Read more

ISHM: April 27 – May 4, 2023

Key Takeaways: Kataib Hezbollah Sues Former PM Kadhimi Over Soleimani’s Assassination; Sudani’s Government Replaces Dozens Of Director Generals – On April 30, the general prosecutor in Iraq asked the central investigation court to look into allegations by a lawmaker affiliated with Kataib Hezbollah that implicate former PM Kadhimi in the… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 20 – 27, 2023

Key Takeaways: Resignation Raises Concerns About Threats To IHEC’s Independence – On April 25, news reports said that powerful parties within the Coordination Framework plan to replace the current leadership of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) with a new one comprising “partisan representatives disguised as experts.” The report comes… Read more