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ISHM: May 4 – 10, 2018

This week’s headlines: Sporadic Attacks on Candidates in Lead-Up to Elections ▪ Several Candidates Withdraw Before Vote; Integrity Commission Head Resigns ▪ Curfews, Closings Announced Ahead of Election Day ▪ Accusations of Slow Voter Card Distribution; Voting Underway for Iraqi Forces, Expats ▪ Iraq Continues Airstrikes on ISIS Positions in Syria ▪ Iraq Condemns Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Accord

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ISHM: April 27 – May 3, 2018

This week’s headlines: Candidates, Election Officials Targeted Ahead of May 12 Elections ▪ ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack North of Baghdad ▪ U.S. Closes Land Component Headquarters, Shifting More Responsibility to ISF ▪ World Bank Program Supports Job Creation; IOM Releases Report on Social Cohesion Challenges ▪ Washington Post: Intercepted Messages Detail Qatari Ransom Payments to Militias

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ISHM: April 20 – 26, 2018

This week’s headlines: Election Official Assassinated; Two Officials Kidnapped in Unrelated Incidents ▪ Campaign Coverage: Video Scandal, Fake News, Abadi Visits Kurdistan, and a Sunni President? ▪ Iran-Backed Militias in Syria Target US Troops, Raising Concern Over PMUs in Iraq ▪ Iraq Conducts Airstrikes on ISIS Positions in Syria ▪ Oil Ministry Awards New Contracts; 1991 Gulf War Reparations to Kuwait Resume

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ISHM: April 13 – 19, 2018

This week’s headlines: Iraqi Foreign Minister, Protesters Condemn U.S. Airstrikes on Syrian Government Targets ▪ Candidates for Parliament Attacked in Basra, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Anbar ▪ Arab Summit Calls for Turkey to Respect Iraqi Sovereignty ▪ World Bank Forecasts Positive GDP Growth in Iraq for 2018 ▪ Campaign Spending Criticized ▪ HRW, NYT Report on Sham Trials of Suspected ISIS Sympathizers

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ISHM: April 6 – 12, 2018

This week’s headlines: Attack on Political Party Headquarters in Anbar Prompts Conversation on Election Security ▪ Diyala Security Chief Transferred to Basra Amid Protests ▪ Baghdad Security Tightened During Shia Pilgrimage ▪ Peshmerga Return to Disputed Areas Remains in Dispute; Trump, Abadi Speak About Syria ▪ UNAMI, UNICEF Issue Humanitarian Response Plans for Iraqi Kurdistan

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ISHM: March 30 – April 5, 2018

This week’s headlines: Reports Conflict on PKK Presence in Sinjar ▪ Abadi Rejects Peshmerga Redeployments to the Disputed Territories ▪ Council of Ministers Approves Five Year National Development Plan ▪ Electronic Voting Machines Prepared Ahead of May Elections ▪ Abadi Visits Japan to Solicit Investments

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ISHM: March 23 – 29, 2018

This week’s headlines: PKK Withdraws from Sinjar, Erdogan Continues to Threaten Turkish Intervention ▪ Kurdistan Teachers, Civil Servants Demand Salary Payments ▪ Candidates, Coalitions Sign ‘Electoral Charter of Honor’ Ahead of May Elections ▪ Interior Ministry Touts Improvements in Baghdad Security ▪ Iraq, Saudi Arabia Sign Air Transportation Agreement

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ISHM: March 16 – 22, 2018

This week’s headlines: Baghdad Pays Kurdish Salaries; Kirkuk-Erbil Road Reopens ▪ Turkey Continues Attacks on PKK in Northern Iraq, Erdogan Threatens Escalation ▪ Yazidi MP: Sinjar Children Still Held by ISIS in Syria; Missing Indian Laborers Identified ▪ Seven U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Qa’im ▪ FIFA Lifts Ban on Official Soccer Matches in Iraq ▪ World Bank Assists in Reconstructing Mosul’s Bridges, UAE Offers to Rebuild al-Nuri Mosque

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ISHM: March 9 – 15, 2018

This week’s headlines: Abadi Seeks to Further Consolidate PMUs; General Killed in Clash ▪ Abadi Reopens Airports in Iraqi Kurdistan ▪ President Masum Will Not Ratify Federal Budget ▪ Turkey Toughens Stance on PKK in Northern Iraq ▪ Eleven Thousand Remain Missing from Mosul ▪ OPCW Certifies Iraq Has Met Chemical Weapon Commitments

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ISHM: March 2 – 8, 2018

This week’s headlines: Federal Budget Adopted in Parliament Amid Strong Kurdish Objection ▪ Amid Reconstruction, ISF Continue to Target ISIS Militants in Mosul ▪ Iraq’s Tank Fleet In Trouble as Contractors Pull Out ▪ Turkish, Iranian Delegations Visit Baghdad ▪ Iraqi Government, UN Launch Joint Humanitarian Plan

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ISHM: February 23 – March 1, 2018

This week’s headlines: Integrity Commission Issues Arrest Warrants for Ninewa Governor, Others ▪ According to Foreign Minister, Iraq Considering Purchase of Russian Defense System ▪ Rumors Cause Alarm in Kirkuk; KRI Airports Will Remain Closed ▪ IRC Publishes Report on IDP Returns ▪ Oil Drilling Resumes in KRI; Bidding for Majnoon Discussed at Iraq Petroleum Conference

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ISHM: February 16 – 22, 2018

This week’s headlines: Popular Mobilization Units Attacked Near Hawija ▪ Russian Tanks Delivered to Iraq While the U.S. Wants Theirs out of the Hands of Militias ▪ Flooding in Diyala Raise Concerns of Water-Borne Illness ▪ UNOCHA Releases 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan; Kubis Addresses UN Security Council ▪ Fewer Candidates Campaigning Than in 2014

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