Category: Monitoring the Crisis


Key Takeaways: Militias Push To Prosecute Former PM; Sudani Appoints Militia-Affiliated Advisors, Cancels A Year’s Worth Of Kadhimi’s Decisions – On October 27, the Sadiqoun bloc in parliament, which represents the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, said it sent a letter to the speaker demanding that he instructs the Integrity Commission… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 20 – 27, 2022

Key Takeaways: Iraq’s Parliament Approves Sudani’s New Government – On October 27, the Iraqi parliament voted to approve the government program and cabinet presented by PM Mohammed Shya al-Sudani. During the parliament session, held amid tight security precautions, lawmakers voted to approve 20 ministerial candidates, leaving three portfolios vacant. In… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 13 – 20, 2022

Key Takeaways: PM Kadhimi Appoints New Acting Finance Minister; Sudani To Present His Cabinet Next Week – On October 15, PM Kadhimi’s cabinet agreed to terminate the appointment of Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismael as acting finance minister and tasked State Minister Hiyam Nimat with the finance portfolio until the… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 6 – 13, 2022

Key Takeaways: After Elected President, Rashid Tasks Sudani With Forming A New Government – On October 13, Iraq’s parliament elected Abdul-Latif Rashid, a former minister with PUK ties but backed by the KDP, as the country’s next president in a runoff election in which he defeated the incumbent Barham Salih.… Read more


Key Takeaways: Dozens Injured As Iraqis Mark Anniversary Of 2019 Protests; UN Mission Offers Grim Assessment Of Political Situation – On October 1, Iraqi authorities and medical sources said that dozens of people were injured during protests in Baghdad, Dhi-Qar, Najaf, and Basra commemorating the third anniversary of the October… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 22 – 29, 2022

Key Takeaways: New Political Coalition Emerges; Sadrists Attempt To Storm Parliament As It Meets For The First Time Since July; Iraq, UN, U.S. Condemn Iranian Missile Strikes – On September 25, sources from the Coordination Framework said they finalized an agreement with the major Sunni and Kurdish blocs to form… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 15 – 22, 2022

Key Takeaways: PMF Arrests Scrutinized After Suspected Torture-Caused Death; Oil Minister Faces Mounting Pressure – On September 15, independent lawmakers called on the judiciary and PM Kadhimi to hold the head of the Popular Mobilization Commission accountable for a wave of recent arrests deemed extrajudicial. The call came after a… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 8 – 15, 2022

Key Takeaways: Halbousi And Barzani Ignore Sadr’s Call To Withdraw From Parliament; Coordination Framework Makes New Push To Form Government – On September 11, Masoud Barzani, Mohammed al-Halbousi, and Khamis al-Khanjar said that the current parliament must be able to function until a new election could be held and emphasized… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 1 – 8, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Calls On Sunni And Kurdish Allies To Withdraw From Parliament After Court Rejects His Demand To Dissolve It – On September 7, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court rejected a case filed by the Sadrist bloc in which they demanded the Court’s intervention to dissolve parliament. The Court said… Read more


Key Takeaways: Coordination Framework To Resume Government Formation Efforts Following Sadr’s Chaotic “Retirement” From Politics; Kadhimi Threatens To Step Down – On August 29, Muqtada al-Sadr announced his “final retirement” from politics and the closing of “all institutions” associated with his movement. The move came hours after a senior Iran-based… Read more