ISHM Archives


ISHM: February 9 – 15, 2018

This week’s headlines: Much Anticipated Kuwait Reconstruction Conference Falls Short of Goals ▪ Pentagon Presses NATO to Ramp Up Training Missions in Iraq ▪ IED Clearing in Mosul to Take “Over a Decade” ▪ Electoral Commission Extends Party Affiliation Deadline ▪ Turkey, PKK Militants Exchange Fire in Dohuk

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ISHM: February 2 – 8, 2018

This week’s headlines: U.S. Begins Drawing Down in Iraq, Encourages Greater Role for NATO ▪ UNAMI Launches Recovery Program, International Community Presses Private Sector Investment Ahead of Kuwait Conference ▪ Electricity Minister Questioned by Parliament ▪ Three Kurdish MPs Suspended Amid Budget Impasse ▪ Security Forces Target “White Flags,” ISIS in Hamrin Mountain Region ▪ France Will “Intervene” if French Citizen ISIS Members are Sentenced to Death

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ISHM: January 26 – February 1, 2018

This week’s headlines: Demonstrators, KRG Condemn Turkish Action Against Syrian Kurds ▪ Political Alliances Develop Ahead of Election; Dep Sec Sullivan Visits Iraq ▪ Federal Budget Stalls Without Kurdish Support ▪ Coalition Airstrike Blamed for Friendly Fire Fatalities ▪ Sistani’s Representative Attacked in Karbala ▪ Disappointed at Davos, Abadi Looks Ahead to Kuwait Pledging Conference

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ISHM: January 19 – 25, 2018

This week’s headlines: Court, Parliament Finalize Date for National Elections ▪ IEDs Continue to Pose Risks to Returning IDPs ▪ Attacks by ISIS Insurgents Lead to Change in Tactics, More Training ▪ Turkish Action in Syria May Leave Border Vulnerable ▪ Barzani, Abadi Meet on Sidelines at Davos in Show of Cooperation ▪ German Woman Sentenced to Death in Iraq for Supporting ISIS ▪ Sandstorm and Bird Flu Contribute to Regional Health Problems

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ISHM: January 5 – 18 , 2018

This week’s headlines: Suicide Attacks Roil Baghdad ▪ Concern Over Forced IDP Returns Mounts Ahead of Election Date Decision ▪ KRG, Federal Government Begin Negotiations ▪ Federal Budget Still Without Consensus as Kurds Boycott Parliament ▪ Sporadic ISIS Attacks Linger, Despite Territorial Losses ▪ U.S. and Germany Lead Funding Ahead of Kuwait Pledging Conference ▪ U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Unrelated to Combat

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ISHM: December 15 – 21, 2017

This week’s headlines: Violent Anti-Government Protests in the Kurdistan Region Result in Dozens of Casualties ▪ German Government Makes Aid Contingent on Resolution of Baghdad-Erbil Conflict ▪ Sistani Calls for PMUs to Merge with ISF; U.S. Troops in Iraq ‘Long-Term’ ▪ Mosul Civilian Casualty Counts Still Underestimated ▪ Minimum Wage Increased; Personal Status Law May Be Reintroduced Next Year

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ISHM: December 8 – 14, 2017

This week’s headlines: Abadi Declares “End of War Against ISIS” ▪ WSJ: Lack of Aid Funding Could Lead to Resurgence of ISIS ▪ KRG Continues Push for Dialogue with Baghdad ▪ Erdogan Organizes Meeting in Response to Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem ▪ UN Concludes Oil-for-Food Program

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ISHM: December 1 – 7, 2017

This week’s headlines: Iraq Voices Opposition to Trump’s Plan to Move U.S. Embassy in Israel ▪ 3,000 ISIS Militants Still Operating in Iraq and Syria ▪ France’s Macron Meets with Barzani, Calls for an End to PMUs ▪ 2018 Budget Law Remains Under Debate ▪ Move to Privatize Electricity Distribution Met with Protests

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ISHM: November 23 – 30, 2017

This week’s headlines: President Masum Visits Kurdistan Region, Disputed Territories ▪ Kubis Briefs UN Security Council, Meets with Sistani ▪ British Prime Minister Visits Baghdad ▪ ISIS Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombing Near Baghdad ▪ Military Operations Continue to Target ISIS in Western Anbar

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ISHM: November 17 – 22, 2017

This week’s headlines: Federal Supreme Court Annuls Referendum Results; Abadi May Be Open to More Funding for KRI ▪ Rawa Cleared of ISIS ▪ Vehicle Bomb Targets Tuz Khurmatu Market, 83 Casualties Reported ▪ NY Times: Airstrikes Killed More Civilians in Mosul than Reported ▪ Abadi Pledges Elections Will Be Held on Schedule, Despite Pushback from Ninewa MPs

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ISHM: November 10 – 16, 2017

This week’s headlines: ISIS Territory “Down to the Last One Percent” as Security Forces Move Toward Rawa ▪ Kurdistan Parliament Affirms Federal Court Ruling on Independence; KDP MPs Return to Baghdad ▪ Earthquake Hits Along Iran-Iraq Border ▪ Kirkuk KRG Office Relocates to Erbil; Ousted Governor’s Case Dismissed ▪ Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits Qatar

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ISHM: November 3 – 9, 2017

This week’s headlines: Abadi, Speaking in Qa’im, Declares City Cleared of ISIS Militants; Operations in Anbar Continue ▪ Suicide Attacks Roil Kirkuk; Sadr Orders PMU to Withdraw ▪ Federal Court Ruling, Budget Woes Further Erode KRG Leverage ▪ VP Nujaifi Sets Conditions for May Elections in Speech at USIP; Denies Report He Asked U.S. to Arm Sunni Militias ▪ ISIS Atrocities During Mosul Battle Detailed in UN Report

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