February 18-24, 2012. Judiciary Sets Hashemi’s Court Date, Mutlaq Case to Be Resolved in Parliament, Parliament Passes 2012 Budget.
February 10-17, 2012. Investigation Escalates Hashemi Case, Blocs Debate Agenda for National Conference, Maliki’s Charm Offensive in Basra.
The unilateral moves taken by Maliki’s Shi’a-dominated government against the public faces of Iraq’s Sunni community were unprecedented, sparking a new political crisis that has put the country’s long-term unity and stability at risk. Given the number of red-lines crossed by the government, Iraq has entered a new era of post-Saddam politics.
More than 400 people have died in Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in mid-December. Coupled with the political struggles that broke out days after U.S. troops departed, Iraq’s worsening instability leaves little hope for developments that could augur an end to the crisis.
January 28-February 3, 2012. Iraqiyya Returns to Parliament, Three Options to Resolve the Mutlaq Case, Some Positive Signs for National Conference.
January 20-27, 2012. Iraqiyya Contemplates Next Move, Turkey-Iraq Rift Continues, National Conference Initiative Loses Momentum.
January 14-20, 2012. Iraqiyya Continues Boycott, Maliki Continues Efforts Against Hashemi and Mutlaq, Efforts Continue to Form National Conference.
January 1-13, 2012. Kurds Walk Out of Parliament Session in Protest, Debate to Form National Conference Continues, Hashemi Wants Relocation of Court Trial.
Last week, a troubling political crisis emerged in Baghdad that has placed Iraq on a worrisome path that could potentially unravel and threaten its stability.