Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: APRIL 14 – 21, 2022

Key Takeaways: Protests Return As Political Deadlock Continues; Baghdad Demands Withdrawal Of Turkish Forces Amid New Cross-Border Operation – On April 15, several hundred Iraqis gathered in central Baghdad to protest the political deadlock that has prevented government formation for more than six months after the October 2021 election. Organizers… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 7 – 14, 2022

Key Takeaways: Conflict Emerges Over KRI Election Law; No Signs Of Breakthrough In KRG-Baghdad Oil Talks; Fringe Religious Movement Faces Crackdown – On April 11, the New Generation opposition party called on the international community to help ensure the Kurdistan region holds free and fair elections. The appeal comes amid… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 24 – 31, 2022

Key Takeaways: Deadlock Prevents Parliament From Electing A President; Parliament Discusses Controversial Spending Bill; Rioters Attack KDP Office In Baghdad – On March 26 and 30, Parliament failed twice to elect a new president as political deadlock between the trilateral alliance led by Muqtada al-Sadr and his rivals in the… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 17 – 24, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Asks Independents To Help Break Deadlock; Sadr-Led Alliance Endorses KDP Presidential Candidate, Picks Jaafar Al-Sadr For PM; Other Shia Parties To Boycott Key Meeting On March 26 – On March 21, Muqtada al-Sadr reached out to independent lawmakers, asking them to help achieve quorum at an upcoming… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Baghdad And Erbil Condemn Iranian Missile Attack While Militias Applaud It; Parliament To Meet On March 26 To Elect A New President – On March 13, the Iraqi government called the Sunday Iranian missile attack on Erbil an “aggression…and a violation of international laws and norms,” and demanded… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Solicits New Presidential Candidates; Oil Ministry Wants Lawmaker Arrested; Top Court Summons Finance Minister Over Dinar Devaluation; Lawmaker’s Guards Shoot Prominent Activist – On March 5, Iraq’s Parliament voted to begin accepting new candidacy statements from individuals seeking to run for the office of president of Iraq.… Read more


Key Takeaways: KRG Says Top Court Must Be Reformed; Parliament Removes Oil Minister From INOC; Top Court Rules Against Accepting New Presidential Candidates, Revokes Cabinet Order To Form Anti-Corruption Committee – On February 28, the heads of the executive, legislative, and judicial authorities in the Kurdistan region denounced the February… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 17 – 24, 2022

Key Takeaways: Finance Minister Resists Sadr’s Power Play; Maliki Assembles New Bloc; Halbousi’s Party Pleads For Help Amid “Siege”; Top Court Says Minority Representation Is Unfair – On February 17, Deputy Speaker Hakim al-Zamili summoned Finance Minister Ali Allawi and Central Bank of Iraq governor, Mustafa Ghalib, citing “instruction” from… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Emtidad Party Faces New Defections; KDP Presents New Presidential Candidate; Judiciary Chief Calls For Constitutional Amendments; Top Court Says KRG Oil Law Unconstitutional – On February 13, a group of 17 members of the Emtidad Movement in Babylon announced their withdrawal from the protest-supported party citing leadership’s failure… Read more