Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: January 18 – January 25, 2024

Key Takeaways: New U.S. Sanctions Target Iraqi Airline And Militia-Affiliated Lawmaker; Washington And Baghdad To Begin Talks To End Coalition Presence; Parliament To Elect New Speaker On Saturday – On January 22, the U.S. Treasury Department designated a private Iraqi airline, three senior members of Kataib Hezbollah, including Huqooq lawmaker… Read more

ISHM: January 11 – 18, 2024

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect A New Speaker; Sudani Discusses Future Security Cooperation With NATO, Revives Plans To Visit Washington – On January 14 Iraq’s parliament failed to elect a new speaker to replace Mohammed al-Halbousi, whose tenure was ended by Iraq’s top court last November. The inconclusive vote… Read more

ISHM: January 4 – 11, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sudani Wants To Negotiate A Quick Exit Of U.S.-Led Coalition Forces; Parliament To Elect A New Speaker On Saturday – On January 9, Iraq’s PM Mohammed al-Sudani told Reuters that his government wants to negotiate a quick and organized withdrawal of U.S.-led International Coalition. Sudani, however, did not… Read more

ISHM: December 28, 2023 – January 4, 2024

Key Takeaways: Final Election Results Released; Sudani Confirms More Directors General; Kurdistan Parliamentary Elections Delayed Again; Winners At Risk Of Being Sidelined – On December 28, Iraq’s Electoral Commission (IHEC) posted the final results of the December 18 provincial council elections. The final seat allocation showed only small changes in… Read more

ISHM: December 14 – 28, 2023

Key Takeaways: Incumbents Gain In Provincial Elections Marred By Low Turnout; Sudani Says His Government Is Moving To End U.S. Military Presence – On December 18, Iraq conducted its first provincial council elections in a decade amid signs of widespread apathy and boycott by most voters. Election officials said that… Read more

ISHM: December 7 – 14, 2023

Key Takeaways: Washington Presses Baghdad To Prevent Further Militia Attacks On U.S. Interests – On December 8, following the December 7 mortar attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told PM Mohammed al-Sudani in a phone call that Washington “reserves the right to respond decisively” against… Read more

ISHM: November 30 – December 7, 2023

Key Takeaways: Court Dismisses Case Against Former Speaker’s Party; Top Iranian General In Baghdad Calling For More Security Cooperation – On December 3, the Electoral Judicial Committee in Iraq dismissed a case that was filed by a prominent Sunni Arab political party calling for the removal of the Taqaddum party… Read more

ISHM: November 16 – 30, 2023

Key Takeaways: New U.S. Sanctions Target Militias; PM Rejects Resignations of Three Ministers; Election of New Speaker Delayed; KDP Returns to Kirkuk – On November 17, the U.S. State and Treasury Departments imposed new sanctions against the Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada and Kataib Hezbollah militias over their role in attacking U.S.… Read more

ISHM: November 9 – 16, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court Removes Parliament Speaker Halbousi From Office – On November 14, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling, final and not subject to appeal, terminating the tenure of parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi. The ruling was in response to charges filed by Laith al-Dulaimi, a former… Read more

ISHM: November 2 – 9, 2023

Key Takeaways: Blinken’s Visit Met Brazen Kataib Hezbollah Threat; Sudani In Tehran For Talks With Khamenei – On November 5, Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Baghdad for talks with PM Mohammed al-Sudani, which Blinken said were “good, productive, candid.” Blinken said his two goals were to ensure the security… Read more