Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: June 10 – June 17, 2021

Key Takeaways: IHEC Reverses Rule, Allows Candidates To Withdraw; Officials Flock To Sunni Shrine Following Threat; Fatah Attacks Budget Deal Between Baghdad And Erbil – On June 10, Kataib Hezbollah militia threatened retaliation if Iraqi PM al-Kadhimi ordered another arrest of a PMF commander. On June 11, IHEC said it… Read more

ISHM: June 3 – June 10, 2021

Key Takeaways: Iraqi and US Commanders Hold Security Talks; Controversial PMF Commander Released For Lack Of Evidence; IHEC Disqualifies 135 Candidates – Between June 4-8, PM Kadhimi and other Iraqi officials held separate talks with the French President, and the Foriegn Ministers of Denmark and the UK. The discussion focused… Read more

ISHM: May 27 – June 3, 2021

Key Takeaways: UN To Monitor Iraq’s Elections; IHEC Bars 20 Candidates; Erdogan Threatens Military Action Deep Inside Iraq – On May 27, the UNSC extended UNAMI’s mission for another year, and approved Baghdad’s request to monitor the upcoming October elections in a “robust and visible” manner. On May 30, Iraq’s… Read more

ISHM: May 6 – May 13, 2021

Key Takeaways: Assassination Sparks Anti-Iran Protests; Political Parties Boycott October Elections; UNAMI Criticizes Baghdad’s Crises Handling – Between May 9-12, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Karbala, Babylon, Najaf and Baghdad to protest the assassination of Ehab al-Wazni, a prominent activist and leader of protests movement in Karbala.… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 29 – May 6, 2021

Key Takeaways: De-Baathification Returns As Election Nears; Iraqi President Confirms “Ongoing” Riyadh-Tehran Talks; Militia Commander Calls For Depopulating Volatile Towns – On April 29, reports emerged of a push by the deputy speaker of parliament to re-establish the “De-Baathification” committee, causing uproar about its possible use to eliminate political rivals.… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 22 – APRIL 29, 2021

Key Takeaways: Deadly Hospital Fire Reignites Calls To Address Corruption; Sunni Alliances Take Shape Ahead Of Elections; US Commander Says No Plans To Withdraw From Iraq – On April 23, CENTCOM Commander Gen. McKenzie said there were currently no plans for military withdrawal from Iraq. On April 23, a person… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 15 – APRIL 22, 2021

Key Takeaways: Baghdad Mediates Between Regional Foes; Party Leader Arrested In Corruption Investigations; Protestor-Led Movements Mull Political Future – On April 18, sources said PM Kadhimi mediated direct talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Baghdad, where they discussed their involvements in regional conflicts. On April 19, the newly-formed Federal… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 8 – APRIL 15, 2021

Key Takeaways: KRG President Holds “Transparent” Talks With Leaders In Baghdad; National Security Advisor Dispatched To Iran; Supreme Court Judges Sowrn In – On April 10, Nechirvan Barzani began a three-day visit to Baghdad, and met with PM Kadhimi and other key decision makers to discuss political, economic and security… Read more