Author Archive | Caroline de Winter

Weekly Security Update, 06 - 12 January 2015

National Overview International support for Iraq’s counter-ISIS offensive saw a further rally in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, with EU nations Sweden and Finland joining regional allies in preparing to send direct military training and assistance to Iraq’s fragile national armed forces. Coming shortly after PM Abadi announced that it could […]

Weekly Security Update, 30 December 2014 - 05 January 2015

National Overview One year on from the start of the militant uprising in Anbar province, Iraq’s fractured regions remain on sharply different political trajectories. In the Sunni heartlands of Ramadi and Fallujah where an initial protest by local tribesmen forced the withdrawal of the Iraqi security forces in December 2014, ISIS units launched a major […]

Weekly Security Update, 23 – 29 December 2014

2015 draft budget wins cabinet approval as Baghdad sets out New Year spending plans for defence, energy and reconstruction priorities. While the Iraqi public accounts are anticipated to run at a deficit of some 23 trillion dinars (approximately $20 billion) during the coming year as a consequence of sliding oil prices and security expenditure, the […]

Weekly Security Update, 16 - 22 December 2014

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) hosted a series of diplomatic missions and foreign conferences this week, as Peshmerga troops celebrated some of the most decisive military victories since the start of the ISIS counter-offensive in August 2014. While heavy fighting continues to rage across Anbar and the central territories, aid convoys to the besieged inhabitants […]

Weekly Security Update, 09 - 15 December 2014

Reconciliation between Sunni groups and the Iraqi state remained at the top of the political agenda this week, as PM Abadi sought to strengthen his domestic and international alliances. With Sunni-tribal fighters now fighting alongside ISF units across Anbar, Salahuddin and Nineveh provinces, cooperation between the two groups has improved substantially over recent months, though […]

Weekly Security Update, 02 - 08 December 2014

Anticipation of a growing role for US ground troops reignited historic divisions within the governing elite during the reporting period, as MPs clashed over claims that foreign personnel would be granted immunity from prosecution under Iraqi law. While PM Abadi has publicly denied the allegations, following the announcement of 1,500 additional US advisers to the […]

Weekly Security Update, 25 November – 01 December 2014

PM Abadi’s political manoeuvres continued to lead to a number of dismissals within key ministries. On 01 December, the Prime Minister retired 24 senior Interior Ministry officials as part of government restructuring. This decision comes as central authorities uncovered an estimated 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ on the military payroll, prompting the government to take steps towards […]

Weekly Security Update, 18 – 24 November 2014

Following Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s decision to reshuffle senior security commanders, Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi, an ally of former PM Nouri al-Maliki, was removed from his position. Since assuming office, Abadi has been seeking to clear key government positions from Maliki’s influence, which is effectively strengthening the Iranian-backed Badr Organisation and one of its […]

Weekly Security Update, 11 – 17 November 2014

Abadi’s reshuffle represents the first major set of changes to the Iraqi Security Forces since the new Prime Minister took office, and predominantly focused on positions created by former PM Nouri al-Maliki, from whom Abadi seeks to distance himself. The dismissals included the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff and the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) Commander, […]

Weekly Security Update, 04 – 10 November 2014

The fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who may have been targeted in airstrikes conducted against an ISIS convoy in Mosul and a gathering of militants in the border town of al-Qaim in Anbar is unlikely to have dramatic effects on security dynamics in Iraq. If these reports were confirmed however, ISIS could decide to launch […]

Weekly Security Update, 21 – 27 October 2014

By Anne-Laure Barbosa at Edinburgh International On 25 October, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the newly-liberated town of Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, taking advantage of a rare opportunity to consolidate the legitimacy of the Iraqi government in their fight against ISIS. These fresh territorial gains, which also include parts of Nineveh and Kirkuk, followed sustained […]