Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: APRIL 15 – APRIL 22, 2021

Key Takeaways: Baghdad Mediates Between Regional Foes; Party Leader Arrested In Corruption Investigations; Protestor-Led Movements Mull Political Future – On April 18, sources said PM Kadhimi mediated direct talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Baghdad, where they discussed their involvements in regional conflicts. On April 19, the newly-formed Federal… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 8 – APRIL 15, 2021

Key Takeaways: KRG President Holds “Transparent” Talks With Leaders In Baghdad; National Security Advisor Dispatched To Iran; Supreme Court Judges Sowrn In – On April 10, Nechirvan Barzani began a three-day visit to Baghdad, and met with PM Kadhimi and other key decision makers to discuss political, economic and security… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 1 – APRIL 8, 2021

Key Takeaways: Militia Leader Threatens More Attacks On U.S. Targets; Baghdad And Washington Resume Strategic Dialogue; Investigation Identifies Officers Responsible For Killing Protesters – On April 2, Qais al-Khazali threatened continued attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq, singling out presence at two bases in Anbar and Erbil. On April 3,… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 25 – APRIL 1, 2021

Key Takeaways: Khazali Attacks Sinjar Agreement; IHEC Extends Voter Registration; Parliament Approves 2021 Budget; Kadhimi Visits Saudi Arabia – On March 25, Asaib Ahl al-Haq leader Qais al-Khazali pushed for canceling the Sinjar normalization agreement, calling it a “treasonous” political deal. On March 29, the Foreign Ministers of Jordan and… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 18 – MARCH 25, 2021

Key Takeaways: Budget Vote Delayed; IHEC Cancels Voting Outside Iraq; New Supreme Court Members Nominated; Strategic Dialogue Resumes In April – On March 20, Parliament announced that it will vote on the 2021 federal budget on March 27. On March 20, Iraqi courts issued arrest warrants for two political commentators… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 11 – MARCH 18, 2021

Key Takeaways: Parliament Amends Supreme Federal Court law; Tension In Kirkuk Over Contested Building; Militia Leader Lashes Out At Intelligence Service; State Of Law Threatens KRG Over Budget – On March 11, dozens of protesters gathered in Amara to condemn the March 10 killing of Ahmed al-Hiliji, the father of… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 4 – MARCH 11, 2021

Key Takeaways: Lawmakers Vote On Supreme Court Law; Militias Defend “Right” To Attack U.S. Targets; Pope Francis Concludes Visit; Kadhimi Calls For National Dialogue; Biometric Voter Registration Falls Short – On March 4, Parliament began voting on a long-delayed law for the country’s Supreme Federal Court, but lingering disagreements postponed… Read more


Key Takeaways: Several Killed In New Dhi-Qar Protests; Militias Lash Out After U.S. Strikes Target Them In Syria; Iraq’s Foreign Minister In Tehran To Control Fallout – On February 25, protesters calling for the dismissal of Dhi-Qar’s governor clashed with security forces in Nasiriyah. Iraq’s Human Rights Commission said that… Read more


Key Takeaways: Militia Leaders Lash Out At Turkey, Oppose NATO Mission Expansion; New Rocket Attacks Challenge Kadhimi And Biden; Two Killed, Dozens Injured Amid New Protests – On February 14, Fatah Coalition leader Hadi al-Amiri claimed he had seen “confirmed intelligence” about Turkish plans to attack Sinjar, and Harakat Hezbollah… Read more


Key Takeaways: Protests Escalate In Dhi-Qar, Wasit; Sadr’s Militia Deploys On Anniversary Of Deadly Attacks On Protesters; Debate Intensifies Over International Monitoring Of Elections – On February 5, security forces injured three protesters during new demonstrations in Nasiriyah demanding the release of kidnapped activists. Demonstrators gathered in Wasit province too… Read more