Category: Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: February 15 – 22, 2024

Key Takeaways: Baghdad To Host 2025 Arab Summit; Top Court Rulings To Reshape Kurdistan’s Election System, Budget Payments – On February 19, an Iraqi government spokesman said that Baghdad has submitted a request to host the Arab League summit in 2025. The announcement, and news that the government plans to… Read more

ISHM: February 8 – 15, 2024

Key Takeaways: Lawmakers Boycott Meeting To Discuss Response To U.S. Airstrikes; Talks On Ending Coalition Presence Resume In Baghdad; Sudani Heads To Amsterdam – On February 10, Iraq’s parliament failed to convene a session scheduled to discuss a response to repeated U.S. airstrikes against Iran-backed Iraqi militias. News reports indicated… Read more

ISHM: February 1 – 8, 2024

Key Takeaways: Three Incumbents Among Twelve Newly Elected Governors; Iraq Asks U.S. To Resume Withdrawal Talks; European Foreign Ministers In Baghdad To Discuss Future Security Cooperation – On February 4, Salah ad-Din became the first province where a newly seated provincial council voted to elect a new governor. Within the… Read more

ISHM: January 25 – February 1, 2024

Key Takeaways: Vote To Elect A New Speaker Of Parliament Gets Postponed Again; U.S.-Iraq Higher Military Commission Meetings Begin – On January 27, Iraq’s parliament postponed for another time a planned vote to elect a new speaker for the legislature to replace Mohammed al-Halbousi, whose tenure was ended last November.… Read more

ISHM: January 18 – January 25, 2024

Key Takeaways: New U.S. Sanctions Target Iraqi Airline And Militia-Affiliated Lawmaker; Washington And Baghdad To Begin Talks To End Coalition Presence; Parliament To Elect New Speaker On Saturday – On January 22, the U.S. Treasury Department designated a private Iraqi airline, three senior members of Kataib Hezbollah, including Huqooq lawmaker… Read more

ISHM: January 11 – 18, 2024

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect A New Speaker; Sudani Discusses Future Security Cooperation With NATO, Revives Plans To Visit Washington – On January 14 Iraq’s parliament failed to elect a new speaker to replace Mohammed al-Halbousi, whose tenure was ended by Iraq’s top court last November. The inconclusive vote… Read more

ISHM: January 4 – 11, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sudani Wants To Negotiate A Quick Exit Of U.S.-Led Coalition Forces; Parliament To Elect A New Speaker On Saturday – On January 9, Iraq’s PM Mohammed al-Sudani told Reuters that his government wants to negotiate a quick and organized withdrawal of U.S.-led International Coalition. Sudani, however, did not… Read more

ISHM: December 28, 2023 – January 4, 2024

Key Takeaways: Final Election Results Released; Sudani Confirms More Directors General; Kurdistan Parliamentary Elections Delayed Again; Winners At Risk Of Being Sidelined – On December 28, Iraq’s Electoral Commission (IHEC) posted the final results of the December 18 provincial council elections. The final seat allocation showed only small changes in… Read more

ISHM: December 14 – 28, 2023

Key Takeaways: Incumbents Gain In Provincial Elections Marred By Low Turnout; Sudani Says His Government Is Moving To End U.S. Military Presence – On December 18, Iraq conducted its first provincial council elections in a decade amid signs of widespread apathy and boycott by most voters. Election officials said that… Read more

ISHM: December 7 – 14, 2023

Key Takeaways: Washington Presses Baghdad To Prevent Further Militia Attacks On U.S. Interests – On December 8, following the December 7 mortar attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told PM Mohammed al-Sudani in a phone call that Washington “reserves the right to respond decisively” against… Read more