ISHM: June 10 – 17, 2021 – Iraq

Key points to remember:

  • IHEC reverses the rule, allows candidates to withdraw; Officials flock to the Sunni shrine following a threat; Fatah attacks Baghdad-Erbil budget deal – On June 10, Kataib Hezbollah militia threatened retaliation if Iraqi Prime Minister al-Kadhimi ordered another arrest of a PMF commander. On June 11, IHEC said it had only disqualified five candidates for being active military personnel while running for office, correcting a previous statement that it had disqualified 135 candidates. The IHEC also quashed a regulation that prohibited parties and candidates from withdrawing. On June 13, several political and religious figures in Iraq visited the Sunni shrine of Imam Abu Hanifa al-Numan to project unity following calls on social media to demolish the shrine. On June 14, G7 leaders expressed their support for international monitoring of the Iraqi elections. On June 15, Iraqi FM Fouad Hussein said Baghdad wanted to host a meeting to ease regional tensions, and called on the Arab League to send election observers. On June 15, the White House said congressional efforts to appeal the authorization to use military force would “likely have minimal impact” on ongoing military operations. On June 15, the federal government in Baghdad agreed to release the 2021 budget allocations for the KRG. The Fatah coalition opposed the deal, calling it a constitutional violation and threatening legal action to block its implementation. After…

  • Thirteen IED attacks target power infrastructure, coalition supply convoys; Drone laden with explosives targets Baghdad airport – Between June 13 and 16, six ISIS attacks targeted power towers in Nineveh, Kirkuk and Diyala, causing major power cuts. Meanwhile, seven IED explosions targeted International Coalition supply convoys in the provinces of Salah ad-Din, Diwaniya, Muthanna, Dhi-Qar, Baghdad and Anbar. One of these attacks injured three contractors. On June 14, a drone loaded with explosives targeted the military base within the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport. A day later, Iraqi security forces shot down two drones loaded with explosives near Baghdad. On June 15, a security source said an IED explosion near a military vehicle killed three Iraqi army soldiers in Diyala. On June 15 and 16, two remnants of war killed four civilians in Muthanna and Karbala. After…

  • FOA says 2.4 million people face acute humanitarian needs in Iraq; The watchdog criticizes the “ruthless repression” of the KRG against freedoms; COVID infections tend to increase – On June 11, FAO said drought, volatile oil prices and an ongoing pandemic have exacerbated the humanitarian situation in Iraq, where 2.4 million people are in dire need. On June 13, Iraqi authorities began to identify human remains found in a mass grave of victims of the Badush prison massacre in 2014. On June 15, Amnesty said the KRG was carrying out a “ruthless crackdown” on freedoms. expression in the KRI, citing the arrests of dozens of activists, journalists and protesters between March 2020 and April 2021. The total number of COVID-19 infections has reached 1,274,629. The average number of new cases was 4,584 per day in the last 7-day period, compared to an average of 4,025 per day in the 7-day period ending June 10. The number of people vaccinated reached 751 164. More …

  • CBI injects $ 1.3 billion into housing funds; Iraq is considering new gas field development contracts; Drought reduces grain harvest in Iraq – On June 10, the Central Bank of Iraq said it would waive interest on state-funded mortgages and inject additional funds to revive the real estate market. On June 11, the petroleum minister said Iraq was negotiating with international energy companies to develop three gas fields to increase gas production capacity by three billion cubic feet per day. On June 11, BP indicated that it could transfer its shares in the Rumaila oil field to a new stand-alone company. On June 11, the FAO said drought had severely impacted rainfed wheat and barley crop production in northern Iraq, reducing wheat production by more than 70% in Nineveh. On June 12, officials said new improvements to the al-Dora refinery in Baghdad are expected to increase gasoline production by 25 percent, to four million liters per day. On June 12, the Nasiriyah combined cycle power plant went into operation with an initial production capacity of 500 megawatts. After…

For more context about most of the institutions, key players, political parties, and places mentioned in our takeaways or in the stories that follow, see the ISHM Reference Guide.


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