Category Archives: Monitoring the Crisis

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

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

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

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

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