ISHM Archives


ISHM: February 15 – 21, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi and Kurdish Officials Meet Foreign Counterparts; Political Developments between Iraq-KRG – On February 15, the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council

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ISHM: February 1-7, 2019

Key Takeaways: Controversy Over U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Relations with Iran – On February 1, the Sairoon electoral coalition in the Iraqi Parliament

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ISHM: January 4 – January 10, 2019

Key Takeaways:
Iraqi officials meet U.S. and Qatari counterparts; Iraqi delegations to Israel cause uproar
Government formation still incomplete; Parliament fails to pass budget
New Human Rights Watch report documents torture of minors in KRG prisons; Unrest in Kirkuk after PUK raises flag of Kurdistan in the disputed city; Government formation in KRG stalls
Iraqi officials praise security cooperate with U.S. and the UK; ISIS attack in Tikrit kills 2; al-Hurra journalist killed
UK, Spain, U.S. pledge additional support for stabilization and humanitarian aid in Iraq; New report on Syrian refugees in Iraq; Iraqi Army shutters another IDP camp

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ISHM: December 14 – December 20, 2018

Key Takeaways for the week: Three of the eight remaining cabinet ministers confirmed, as political wrangling continues over appointment of the rest; Agreement reached between Anbar tribal leaders on post-ISIS justice

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ISHM: December 7 – December 13, 2018

This week’s top headlines: No progress on government formation in Baghdad; PUK, KDP and Gorran meet to discuss cooperation and government formation in KRG – On December 7, Alsumaria News reported that the negotiations to finalize the identity of the remaining eight members of Iraq’s Cabinet was halted without any clear restart date. On December 12, Rudaw News reported that a political rift between Sunni blocs in parliament widened over the nomination for the minister of defense. On December 11, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) held a joint-meeting to improve relations and cooperation between the two majority parties in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). On December 12, the KDP met with a delegation from the Gorran Movement to discuss Gorran’s role in the formation of the next Kurdistan Regional Government.

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