Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: OCTOBER 14 – 21, 2021

Key Takeaways:Updated Election Results Show Few Changes; Militias Indirectly Threaten Violence To Stop Alleged Fraud – On October 15, President Salih and the chief of the Supreme Judicial Council issued a joint statement calling for calm amid escalating tensions following the release of election results, which were met with… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 7 – OCTOBER 14, 2021

Key Takeaways:Early Results Show Sadrists Winning 70+ Seats; KDP, Halbousi, Imtidad Gain Seats; Fatah, Militias Reject Results As IHEC Fumbles Data – On October 10, millions of Iraqi voters participated in the country’s early election. IHEC data showed that 8,377,382 Iraqis voted out of 22,118,368 registered voters, reflecting low… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 7, 2021

Key Takeaways:Final Preparations Underway For Sunday Election; PMF Excluded From Special Voting; PM Launches Reconstruction Fund For Dhi-Qar – On October 1, Iraqis gathered at Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the anti-government protests that began on October 1, 2019 and demand justice for the hundreds of… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Key Takeaways:Calls For Normalization With Israel Cause Backlash; Sistani Encourages Iraqis To Vote – On September 24, a senior KDP member said the party reached an agreement with the federal government to reopen its offices in Kirkuk for the first time in four years. On September 25, a group… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 16 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Key Takeaways:President Salih Attends UNGA, Meets Joe Biden; Iraq, Jordan, And France Plan New Regional Conference – On September 16, Iraq’s Foreign Minister attended the ministerial meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, where he said that Iraq wants a strategic treaty for cooperation with the GCC.… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 9 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Key Takeaways:Kadhimi Visits Tehran; PMF Reinstate 30,000 Discharged Fighters; Iraq Seeks Help In Recovering Billions In Stolen Funds; IHEC Cracks Down On Voter Card Trade – On September 12, PM Kadhimi arrived in Tehran and co-chaired a meeting with Iran’s Ibrahim Raisi to discuss expanding commerce, Iraq’s water rights… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 2 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Key Takeaways:Baghdad And Riyadh Discuss Security Cooperation; UNAMI Outlines Measures To Prevent Electoral Fraud; CENTCOM And Kadhimi Discuss Ending U.S. Combat Presence – On September 4, the Saudi Interior Minister met with PM Kadhimi in Baghdad to discuss security cooperation, especially in counter terrorism, border security, and exchanging expertise.… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

Key Takeaways:Muqtada Al-Sadr Reverses Decision To Boycott Elections; Baghdad Hosts “Successful” Regional Summit; Kadhimi Pushes Compulsory Service Bill – On August 27, Muqtada al-Sadr reversed his earlier decision to boycott the upcoming October election, citing a letter signed by several political leaders promising to work with him to advance… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 19 – AUGUST 26, 2021

Key Takeaways:Preparations Continue For August 28 Regional Conference; Kadhimi Visits Kuwait; Sadrists Say Early Election “Unconstitutional”; UNAMI Lauds IHEC’s Preparations – On August 21, Turkey’s Erdogan defended the August 16-17 deadly Turkish airstrikes in Sinjar during a phone call with PM Kadhimi. On August 21, Japan’s Foreign Minister arrived… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 19, 2021

Key Takeaways:Preparations For Regional Conference Continue; Tension Rises Between Sistani’s Followers And Iran-Backed Militias; Saeroun, Fatah Exchange Jabs Over Election Boycott; Former Air Force Commander Faces Prison – On August 14-15, Iraqi officials invited Qatar and the UAE to attend a regional conference that Baghdad intends to host by… Read more