Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: MARCH 17 – 24, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Asks Independents To Help Break Deadlock; Sadr-Led Alliance Endorses KDP Presidential Candidate, Picks Jaafar Al-Sadr For PM; Other Shia Parties To Boycott Key Meeting On March 26 – On March 21, Muqtada al-Sadr reached out to independent lawmakers, asking them to help achieve quorum at an upcoming… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Baghdad And Erbil Condemn Iranian Missile Attack While Militias Applaud It; Parliament To Meet On March 26 To Elect A New President – On March 13, the Iraqi government called the Sunday Iranian missile attack on Erbil an “aggression…and a violation of international laws and norms,” and demanded… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Solicits New Presidential Candidates; Oil Ministry Wants Lawmaker Arrested; Top Court Summons Finance Minister Over Dinar Devaluation; Lawmaker’s Guards Shoot Prominent Activist – On March 5, Iraq’s Parliament voted to begin accepting new candidacy statements from individuals seeking to run for the office of president of Iraq.… Read more


Key Takeaways: KRG Says Top Court Must Be Reformed; Parliament Removes Oil Minister From INOC; Top Court Rules Against Accepting New Presidential Candidates, Revokes Cabinet Order To Form Anti-Corruption Committee – On February 28, the heads of the executive, legislative, and judicial authorities in the Kurdistan region denounced the February… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 17 – 24, 2022

Key Takeaways: Finance Minister Resists Sadr’s Power Play; Maliki Assembles New Bloc; Halbousi’s Party Pleads For Help Amid “Siege”; Top Court Says Minority Representation Is Unfair – On February 17, Deputy Speaker Hakim al-Zamili summoned Finance Minister Ali Allawi and Central Bank of Iraq governor, Mustafa Ghalib, citing “instruction” from… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Emtidad Party Faces New Defections; KDP Presents New Presidential Candidate; Judiciary Chief Calls For Constitutional Amendments; Top Court Says KRG Oil Law Unconstitutional – On February 13, a group of 17 members of the Emtidad Movement in Babylon announced their withdrawal from the protest-supported party citing leadership’s failure… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect New President After Top Court Blocks Key Candidate – On February 7, Iraq’s Parliament failed to elect a new president for the country after the awaited session did not meet quorum requirements, with only 58 out of 329 lawmakers attending. Key parliamentary blocs, the… Read more


Key Takeaways: UNAMI “Deeply Concerned” By Political Violence; Imtidad Faces Defections; Qaani Pushes Compromise Between Sadr And Rivals – On January 28, UNAMI said it was “deeply concerned” by the escalation in political violence in Iraq, warning that “the perpetrators…appear to enjoy impunity…exposing the country to disastrous consequences.” UNAMI urged… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 20 – 27, 2022

Key Takeaways: PUK/KDP Rift Over Presidency Widens; Shia Parties Accuse Sadr Of Shattering Shia Unity; Lawmakers To Elect New President On February 7 – On January 24, after the PUK insisted on nominating Barham Salih for president, its KDP rival accused the PUK of “breaking” Kurdish unity and said it… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 13 – 20, 2022

Key Takeaways: Qaani Mediating Between Sadr And Rivals; Mosul’s Mayor Arrested; Court Delays Ruling In Case Concerning Legality Of Parliament’s First Session – On January 16, Iran’s Quds Force commander Esmail Qaani arrived in Iraq to mediate between the coordination framework for Shia parties (CF) and Muqtada al-Sadr, seeking a… Read more