Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: JULY 2 – JULY 9, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Appoints New Security Adviser, Chief of National Security Service; Poor Economic Conditions Spark Protests In Kurdistan; Public Anger Over Assassination Of Prominent Researcher – On July 4, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi appointed retired General Abdul-Ghani al-Asadi, a former commander in the Counter-Terrorism Service as head of the National… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 25 – JULY 2, 2020

Key Takeaways: Militias Attack PM Kadhimi Over Raid On Kataib Hezbollah; PM Sacks Media Commissioner, Eyes Changes In 6,000 Posts; Judiciary Drops Charges Against Former Finance Minister – On June 26, Qais al-Khazali and a Kataib Hezbollah spokesman attacked PM Kadhimi after Iraqi counter-terrorism forces arrested 14 Kataib Hezbollah members… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 18 – JUNE 25, 2020

Key Takeaways: Election Law Deadlock Continues; PM Wants To Eliminate Double Pay In Public Sector; KRG Seeks New Oil And Budget Deal; Parliament Approves $17 Billion Borrowing Bill – On June 18, political sources said that major political blocs continue to have strong disagreements over the election law annex that… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 11 – JUNE 18, 2020

Key Takeaways: U.S. And Iraq To Resume Dialogue In July; Parliament Wants Comprehensive Reform Plan Before Authorizing Borrowing; Tension Rises With Turkey Over Anti-PKK Operations – On June 11, the U.S. and Iraq concluded the first round of strategic dialogue talks and agreed to resume discussions in Washington in July.… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 4 – JUNE 11, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves Seven New Ministers; Protesters Demand Resignations Of Several Governors; Parliament Blocks Government Pay Cut Plans; U.S. And Iraq Launch Strategic Dialogue – On June 6, Iraq’s Parliament voted to approve seven new members of PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s cabinet, thereby filling all 22 cabinet positions. On June… Read more

ISHM: MAY 28 – JUNE 4, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Resumes Election Law Discussions; Fatah To Push For U.S. Forces Expulsion During Strategic Dialogue; Kadhimi Presents Candidates To Fill Vacant Cabinet Positions – On May 31, the Saeroun alliance of Moqtada al-Sadr renewed its attacks on Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, holding him responsible for the “clinical death”… Read more

ISHM: MAY 21 – MAY 28, 2020

Key Takeaways: Saeroun Trying To Replace Speaker Halbousi; KRG Blames Baghdad For $27 Billion Debt; PM Kadhimi Speaks With World Leaders, Seeks Economic Support – On May 21, the Saeroun bloc led by Moqtada al-Sadr said it will issue an ultimatum to Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi “to correct his path”… Read more

ISHM: MAY 14 – MAY 21, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Reaches Out To Hostile Militia Commanders; Pride Flag Incident Threatens Relations With EU; Kadhimi Orders Investigations Into Forced Disappearances; Fresh Protests reported In Several Provinces – On May 16, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited the popular mobilization forces (PMF) commission and met with several senior commanders, including that… Read more

ISHM: MAY 7 – MAY 14, 2020

Key Takeaways: New Government Releases Detained Protesters; Call For U.S. Support Divides Fatah; Kadhimi Appoints Acting Ministers, Reinstates Popular General; PM Talks Security, Economy With Trump And Rouhani – On May 8, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who underlined NATO’s interest in strengthening counter terrorism… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 30 – MAY 7, 2020

Key Takeaways: Iraq’s Parliament Approves Partial Cabinet Led By Mustafa Al-Kadhimi; U.S. Offers Kadhimi Support And Extended Sanctions Waivers; Sulaymaniyah Pushes For Decentralization As Divisions Hit KRI Parliament – On May 4, the provincial council in Sulaymaniyah began preparing proposals for decentralization within the KRI with support from the the… Read more