Author Archive | Caroline de Winter

Weekly Security Update 04 – 10 Mar 2014

By Constellis Consulting www.constellis-consulting.com Tensions between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi culminated this week, after the latter refused to submit the annual budget to parliament for approval. On 05 March, PM Maliki challenged the legitimacy of the institution and declared that fiscal policies could ultimately be enforced without a vote. This provocative stance […]

Weekly Security Update 25 Feb – 03 Mar 2014

By Constellis Consulting www.constellis-consulting.com Amid levels of violence in line with previous weekly averages, movements in the political sphere highlighted the different electoral strategies being followed by the government ahead of the parliamentary elections. On 25 February, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stated the importance of maintaining the elections in April, confirming that the current timeframe […]

Weekly Security Update 18 – 24 Feb 2014

By Constellis Consulting www.constellis-consulting.com Amid continued unrest in the outskirts of Fallujah and Ramadi, ISF forces regained control of Sulaiman Pek, Salahuddin province, which was overrun by ISIL militants on 13 February. This outcome contrasts with the situation in Anbar, where a much more complex tribal landscape has prevented a direct assault on urban areas […]

Weekly Security Update 11 – 17 Feb 2014

By Constellis Consulting www.constellis-consulting.com Amid sustained levels of violence, this week was dominated by Muqtada al-Sadr’s withdrawal from politics. The announcement, made on 15 February, comes only two months before parliamentary elections for which Sadr was considered a serious candidate for the office of Prime Minister. While reasons behind his decision remain speculative, Sadr has […]

Weekly Security Update 04 – 10 Feb 2014

By Constellis Consulting www.constellis-consulting.com Political tensions continued to escalate with the killing in Baghdad of Hamza al-Shimmari, a Shia politician running for parliament in the April elections and allied with the Sadrist bloc. On 10 February, Parliament Speaker and probable Presidential candidate Osama al-Nujaifi escaped an assassination attempt after his convoy was hit by a […]

Weekly Security Update 28 Jan – 03 Feb 2014

By Constellis Consulting www.constellis-consulting.com. Amid reports that the Iraqi army is preparing an imminent assault on Fallujah, under control of ISIL militants for over a month, heavy shelling continued to strike key locations in restive Anbar governorate. Whilst the unrest absorbs government resources, political divisions have been increasingly apparent and the authority of Prime Minister […]