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The political scene: upcoming Iraqi elections and the remarkable liberal rise at the expense of traditional leaders

Farhad Alaaldin29 june 2020 The October 2019 protests in Baghdad and the southern provinces of Iraq have created a shift in the political process that has been maintained since 2003. It is fair to say that everyone agrees that Iraq’s pre-October protests are not the same as Iraq’s post-October protests. This is reference to the …

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The political scene: PM Kadhimi’s government is finally complete, let’s face Iraq’s challenges

Farhad Alaaldin09 june 2020Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has finalized his 22–member cabinet and for the first time since former Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi resigned in December, there are no vacancies or acting-ministers. Kadhimi has moved onto mix up the hierarchy of the Army within the Ministry of Defence, also appointing the straight-shooting Judge Raed …

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ISIS 2020: New Structures and Leaders in Iraq Revealed

 Husham Al-Hashimi May 19, 2020 by After the loss of its caliphate last year, ISIS overhauled its structures. A clearer picture of its post-caliphate leadership has emerged from details gathered by Iraqi intelligence agencies. Below is an exclusive analysis on the group’s efforts to revive itself institutionally under new management.  In a July 2016 video communique, …

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The Political Scene: Iraqi Government Formation “Take Three”

Farhad Alaaldin19th April 2020 Mustafa alKadhemi (MK) is the latest (3rd) Prime Minister Designate (PMD) of Iraq, since the resignation of the Adel Abdul Mehdi (AAM), and it remains uncertain whether he is going to make itThe nomination ceremony, held at the al-Salam Palace on 9 April was unprecedented, attended by leaders or representatives of …

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Iraq’s two leading parliamentary movements amp up coordination

Farhad Alaaldin 22-2-2019 As Iraq’s government formation continues to stall, the country’s two main political movements — Fatah and Sairoon — are teaming up to take control of the political scene and to prevent progress from being stalled by infighting with smaller parties. The Iraqi political scene is known to be one of continuous crises. Political …

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