Political Blocs and Parties in Iraq's CoR: May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016 - Patrick Martin

This graphic is an approximate depiction of the current state of the Council of Representatives. It shows the number and party affiliation of CoR members who have boycotted future parliamentary sessions. It also shows the number and party affiliation of CoR members whom ISW assesses may be part of the Reform Front.

Sadr Attempts a De-facto Coup in Iraq

May 1, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos
Key Take-AwaySadrist Trend leader Muqtada al-Sadr is attempting to launch a de-facto coup against Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

Iraq Situation Report: April 12 - 25, 2016

April 25, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The U.S. announced additional “accelerants” in the fight against ISIS, reporting on April 18 that it would deploy 217 additional train-and-advise personnel to embed at the brigade and battalion levels with attack helicopters and an additional High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). 

Power-plays in Iraq's Political Crisis: Constitutional Provisions

April 15, 2016 - Patrick Martin

Iraq's political crisis is cresting to a point where the collapse of the government is a distinct possibility. Thi document examines and excerpts the relevant sections of the Iraqi Constitution related to the powers to dismiss and/or dissolve the various bodies and positions in the Iraqi government.

Iraq's Political Crisis: An Interactive Timeline

April 15, 2016 - Harleen Gambhir

ISW's timeline presents the major meetings and events leading to Iraq's current political crisis. Spanning 7 weeks, this timeline details nearly 70 individual meetings related to the political crisis precipitated by Prime Minister Abadi’s announcement of an impending Cabinet shuffle. The meetings demonstrate the level of negotiations between international and regional actors and Iraq’s major political blocs to find a solution to Iraq’s ongoing political crisis.

Iraq Government Collapse Likely as a Rump Parliament Calls for Resignations

April 15, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The rump Council of Representatives (CoR) barricaded itself in the Parliament building after an overnight sit in on April 13 to 14. The parliamentary remnant illegally convened a session, voted amongst itself to dismiss CoR Speaker Salim al-Juburi, and elected a new provisional speaker.

Iraq Situation Report: April 5 - 11, 2016

April 11, 2016 - Patrick Martin

Political blocs continue to jockey for influence over the final composition of the Council of Ministers (CoM) amid increased threats to Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s position.

Iraq Situation Report: March 29 - April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016 - Patrick Martin

ISIS conducted a wave of explosive attacks across Iraq aimed at disrupting the forward operations of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Coalition-trained elements of the ISF, supported by local forces, converged on Hit District in western Anbar and the village of al-Nasr, west of Makhmur, conducting operations aimed at recapturing areas on key ground lines of communication.

Iraq Situation Report: March 22 - 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 - Patrick Martin

Pressure continues to mount on Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to reshuffle the cabinet. Abadi misses Sadrist deadline leading to Muqtada al-Sadr staging a sit-in in the Green Zone.

Iraq Situation Report: March 15 - 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 - Patrick Martin

Supporters of Sadrist Trend leader Muqtada al-Sadr began a large sit-in in front of the entrance to the Green Zone on March 18.