Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: FEBRUARY 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect New President After Top Court Blocks Key Candidate – On February 7, Iraq’s Parliament failed to elect a new president for the country after the awaited session did not meet quorum requirements, with only 58 out of 329 lawmakers attending. Key parliamentary blocs, the… Read more


Key Takeaways: UNAMI “Deeply Concerned” By Political Violence; Imtidad Faces Defections; Qaani Pushes Compromise Between Sadr And Rivals – On January 28, UNAMI said it was “deeply concerned” by the escalation in political violence in Iraq, warning that “the perpetrators…appear to enjoy impunity…exposing the country to disastrous consequences.” UNAMI urged… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 20 – 27, 2022

Key Takeaways: PUK/KDP Rift Over Presidency Widens; Shia Parties Accuse Sadr Of Shattering Shia Unity; Lawmakers To Elect New President On February 7 – On January 24, after the PUK insisted on nominating Barham Salih for president, its KDP rival accused the PUK of “breaking” Kurdish unity and said it… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 13 – 20, 2022

Key Takeaways: Qaani Mediating Between Sadr And Rivals; Mosul’s Mayor Arrested; Court Delays Ruling In Case Concerning Legality Of Parliament’s First Session – On January 16, Iran’s Quds Force commander Esmail Qaani arrived in Iraq to mediate between the coordination framework for Shia parties (CF) and Muqtada al-Sadr, seeking a… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 6 – 13, 2022

Key Takeaways: New Parliament Convenes, Electing Halbousi As Speaker; Sadr’s Rivals Say Session Was Illegal; Top Court Suspends The New Parliamentary Leadership – On January 9, Iraq’s new Parliament held its inaugural session, which ran into trouble as the Sadrists and the coordination framework for Shia parties struggled to assert… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 30, 2021 – JANUARY 6, 2022

Key Takeaways: Militia Commanders Vow To Expel All U.S. Forces; Kadhimi Condemns “Senseless” Attacks On Military Bases; Kurdish, Sunni Parties Close Ranks Ahead Of Parliament Meeting – On January 1, Fatah Coalition leader Hadi al-Amiri said all U.S. forces must leave Iraq, calling the demand “the price for the blood”… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 16 – 30, 2021

Key Takeaways: Najaf, Dhi-Qar Governors Resign; Parliament To Meet Jan 9 After Court Ratifies Election Results; Amiri, Sadr Set Conditions For Future U.S. Presence – On December 23, the governor of Dhi-Qar submitted his resignation to PM Kadhimi after the latter ordered an investigation into the use of force by… Read more


Key Takeaways: Court Postpones Hearing In Fatah’s Demand To Annul Elections; Imtidad, New Generation, Independents Form Opposition Coalition; Khanjar And Halbousi Join Forces – On December 13, Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court decided to postpone hearings in the case filed by the Fatah Coalition demanding the annulment of the October election… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 2 – 9, 2021

Key Takeaways: Fatah Asks Top Court To Annul Elections; Kadhimi And Barzani Seek Closer Security Cooperation; Senior Official Declares End Of Coalition’s Combat Role – On December 4, Fatah Coalition leader Hadi al-Amiri said he would continue to appeal the election results through the Supreme Federal Court. Amiri said IHEC… Read more


Key Takeaways: IHEC Releases Final Election Results; Sadr Insists On A Majority Government After Meeting Rivals; Student Protests Rock Sulaymaniyah – On November 30, IHEC released the final results of the October election after the electoral judicial panel had looked into all appeals, which resulted in changes affecting five seats… Read more