Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM 35: October 15 – 22, 2015

Takeaways for October 15-22, 2015 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have completely cleared Baiji, its refinery, and the surrounding areas, of ISIS fighters. They are apparently looking to continue their momentum north, possibly cutting off the remaining ISIS forces in Kirkuk province from their larger force… Read more

ISHM 34: October 9 – 15, 2015

Takeaways for October 9-15, 2015 An Iraqi airstrike reportedly hit a convoy carrying Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), injuring him. Several of his top advisors were reportedly killed in the airstrike too. Following expanded U.S. involvement in the fight to retake… Read more

ISHM 33: October 3 – 8, 2015

Takeaways for October 3-8, 2015 The Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor (ISHM) will be released every Thursday now instead of Friday. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) retook the Olympic Stadium in western Ramadi, and advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the towns of Albu Faraj and… Read more

ISHM 32: September 26 – October 2, 2015

Takeaways for September 26-October 2, 2015 Under the Baghdad Operations Command, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) conducted operations to clear Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants from the Garma area east of Fallujah. ISF are also pressuring ISIS in eastern Ramadi and in the… Read more

ISHM 31: September 19 – 25, 2015

Takeaways for September 19-25, 2015 In the provinces of Ninewa, Anbar and Kirkuk, a series of advances were reported by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs), and Peshmerga forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Dozens of civilians were killed, and… Read more

ISHM 30: September 11 – 18, 2015

Takeaways for September 11-18, 2015 There were ongoing but limited-scale clashes in Anbar province. Militarily, the province remains in a stalemate as ISIS is contained in Ramadi and Fallujah. There are calls to deliver further aid to Haditha in western Anbar and other areas besieged by ISIS, and growing calls… Read more

ISHM 29: August 28 – September 4, 2015

Takeaways for August 28-September 04, 2015: The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) clashed with Katai’b Hezbollah (KH) in eastern Baghdad on September 3. Although brief, the violent confrontation resulted in the death of one Iraqi soldier and the injury of three other. The incident took place in the aftermath of the… Read more

ISHM 28: August 21 – 28, 2015

Updates for August 21-28, 2015 Protests continued this week is a dozen provinces across Iraq. Citizens are demanding the dismissal of corrupt officials, better services, judicial reform, and better job security. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in the provinces of Babil reportedly used water cannons and stun batons to disperse some… Read more

ISHM 27: August 14 – 21, 2015

Updates for August 14-21, 2015 The popular protests that began three weeks ago have spread to almost every province in Iraq and continue unabated. While the universal grievances include the need to dismiss corrupt officials and to support Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reforms, some provinces have voiced additional concerns regarding… Read more

ISHM 26: August 8 – 14, 2015

Updates for August 8-14, 2015 Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reform plan was unanimously approved by the Council of Representatives on August 11. The reforms aim to scale back corruption and inefficiency while improving the delivery of public services and overall governance. In addition, Abadi continued to press for stronger political… Read more