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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 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 […]

It's All About Risk versus Reward

While this week's Newsletter carries many reports of new investment in Iraq, there is still a perception among investors that the country is high risk, and there are some good reasons for this. As Anders Jönsson, a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), told the Iraq Finance forum in Dubai: […]

Weekly Security Update 21-27 Jan 2014

By Constellis Consulting www.constellis-consulting.com. Clashes in rural districts of Anbar province and shelling on the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi continued to fuel Iraq’s cycle of violence, whilst over 140,000 civilians have reportedly fled their homes since the outbreak of the crisis in December 2013, in the most important displacement of population since 2006-2008. Although […]