Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 5, 2020

Key Takeaways: Saudi Investment Plan Draws Objections; Iraq And Egypt Sign 15 MoUs; Protests Continue After Tahrir Sq Reopening; Barzani Calls For End To PKK “Occupation”; President Signs New Election Law – On October 31, Qais al-Khazali and Nouri al-Maliki’s bloc criticized a prospective Saudi plan to invest in agricultural… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 22 – OCTOBER 29, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves Electoral Districting Bill; Protests Subside After Violent Episode; New Group Seeks To Unseat Speaker Halbousi; Militia Commander Threatens Attacks On U.S. – Between October 24 – 28, Parliament voted on the boundaries of 83 electoral district across Iraq’s eighteen provinces. On October 25, thousands of protesters… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 15 – OCTOBER 22, 2020

Key Takeaways: Militia Supporters Attack KDP Baghdad Office; Political Leaders Condemn Extra Judicial Killings In Salah Ad-Din; Kadhimi Tours European Capitals; Former Ninewa Governor Arrested – On October 17, militia supporters burned the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Baghdad. A new group calling itself “Rab’ Allah” is… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 8 – OCTOBER 15, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Announces Deal On Normalization In Sinjar; Parliament Holds Controversial Vote On Districting; Militias Announce Conditional Truce; Economic Reform White Paper Released – On October 9, PM Kadhimi announced an agreement with the KRG to “restore stability and normalize conditions” in Sinjar. The deal assigns security responsibility to… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 8, 2020

Key Takeaways: Iraqis Mark Anniversary Of 2019 Protests; Kadhimi Underlines Determination To Protect Diplomatic Missions; Sadr Threatens Protesters Following Clashes In Karbala – On October 1, thousands of Iraqis gathered in Tahrir Square to commemorate the anniversary of the 2019 protests which forced the resignation of PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi and… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 1, 2020

Key Takeaways: Tensions Rise As U.S. Plans To Close Its Embassy, Exchanges Threats With Pro-Iran Militias; Election Law Vote Postponed – On September 25, Moqtada al-Sadr called for an investigation into attacks on diplomatic missions, saying they damage Iraq’s reputation. PM Kadhimi endorsed the proposal, saying that “the coalition of… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 17 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Visits France Next Month; Constitutional Amendments Committee Reports Progress; Halbousi Targets Sep 26 Election Law Vote; Sadr, PMF Committee Denounce Attacks – On September 18, Iraq’s Foreign Minister said from Paris that PM Kadhimi will visit France next month. On September 18, a presidential adviser said an… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 10 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Key Takeaways: Sistani Backs Reforms And Early Elections; Kadhimi Replaces 16 Senior Officials; Security Forces Make Anti-Corruption Arrests – On September 10 – 11, PM Kadhimi met with KRG President Nechirvan Barzani in Erbil for talks, visited Halabja, met with IDPs in Duhok, and inspected Border crossings in Sulaymaniyah. On… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 3 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Reconvenes, May Vote On 2020 Budget Next Week; Disagreements Continue Over Electoral Districts; Finance Minister Outlines Economic Problems Before Parliament; Kadhimi Removes Sect From Government Forms – On September 5, Parliament held its first session of the legislative season with only 169 members in attendance, and conducted… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 27 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Key Takeaways: Halbousi Urges Kadhimi To Control Militias; Special Committee To Investigate Major Corruption Cases; Sadrists Want To Sack Three Ministers; Macron Visits Baghdad; Judiciary Summons Former Security Ministers Over Protesters’ Deaths – On August 29, the bloc led by Speaker Halbousi urged PM Kadhimi to control “undisciplined” militias, saying… Read more