Category: Monitoring the Crisis

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

ISHM 25: July 30 – August 7, 2015

Updates for July 30-August 7, 2015 In the midst of a record heat wave, the ongoing deterioration of essential services including electricity, water, and sanitation services led to massive protests throughout the country this week. The majority of demonstrations were peaceful and led to authorities seeking long-term solutions. The Islamic… Read more

ISHM 24: July 25 – 31, 2015

Updates for July 31, 2015 The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) continue to slowly progress with clearing operations in Anbar Governorate. Despite the progress, clashes remain violent and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is preventing civilians in Fallujah from fleeing the turmoil. Further… Read more

ISHM 22: July 11 – 17, 2015

Updates for July 11-17, 2015 The situation in Haditha in western Anbar continues to be tense. As Ramadan ends and Eid al-Fitr begins, reports indicate government-provided humanitarian aid is not reaching all Haditha residents with questions about the distribution process inside the city. Militarily, ISIS is reportedly in the Alus… Read more