Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor: July 7 – 14, 2022 – Iraq

Key points to remember:

  • MPs prepare anti-gay rights bill; Iraqi and Turkish officials clash over water rights; Kadhimi to attend Saudi Arabia summit; KDP says PUK must accept new balance of power – On July 8, a member of the Parliament’s Legal Committee said that a group of MPs were collecting signatures in favor of a bill banning homosexuality in Iraq. On July 12, Iraq’s Water Resources Minister urged the Foreign Ministry to summon Ankara’s ambassador and deliver a formal letter of objection to recent remarks in which he said Iraq needed to modernize its outdated and useless irrigation systems instead of demanding more water from Turkey. On July 14, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s office said the Iraqi leader would travel to Saudi Arabia early next week to take part in a summit to be attended by the leaders of Arab Gulf countries, as well as Jordan and Egypt, and US President Joe Biden. On July 14, a KDP MP said the party’s “final decision” was to “pursue the nomination of Reber Ahmed” for the presidency. The KDP MP said the PUK rival “must stop and respect the election results”, insisting that “the old Kurdish equations are over”. After…
  • Unidentified helicopters attack houses in Bashiqa; An explosion hits the PMF arms depot – On July 13, two unidentified helicopters opened fire with their machine guns on two houses in the Bashiqa sub-district, north of Mosul. Iraqi security forces are investigating the incident, which resulted in no casualties. On July 14, a Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) weapons depot in the al-Qaim area near the Syrian border suffered an explosion that destroyed weapons and ammunition stored at the facility. It is unclear whether the explosion was accidental or the result of hostile action. In other developments, between July 7 and 12, militant attacks in Sinjar and Tarmiyah killed two Iraqis and injured two others, while a bomb attack targeted a civilian selling alcohol in Najaf, and two Katyusha-type rockets hit near a PMF base in Diyala. . After…
  • Polluted water sickens hundreds of children; Iran and Iraq seek cooperation for sandstorm prevention – On July 12, health officials in Anbar reported a sharp increase in gastrointestinal infections among children. The director of Fallujah General Hospital said 30 to 50 children come to his hospital every day with symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting, which he attributes to polluted drinking water amid rising temperatures and decrease in water supply. On July 14, Iraq and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating sandstorms. The memorandum appears to revolve around Iran’s alleged success in manufacturing “environmentally friendly ground covers” that can be used to stabilize soil. In other developments, on July 14, the Iraqi Ministry of Health said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had reached 2,396,707, an increase of 22,661 from the 2,374,046 reported on July 7. . Hospitalizations fell from 31,925 to 35,998, but the daily average of new cases fell. at 3,237/day in the last seven days compared to 3,626/day in the previous reporting period. The number of people who received the COVID-19 vaccine reached 10,913,004, including 1,219 who received their vaccines on July 14. more…
  • Baghdad wants to take over 17 oil contracts from Kurdistan; Half of the foreign labor in Iraq is not allowed – On July 7, Iraq’s oil minister said his government was serious about enforcing a recent court ruling against four foreign oil companies operating in the Kurdistan region, adding that Baghdad’s plans to place the oil operations in the region under its control will target a total of 17 companies. On July 11, the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said most of the foreign workers currently in the country are unauthorized labor, adding that it had only issued 100,000 permits. to foreigners since 2012, i.e. at most half of the total size of foreign workers. work in Iraq. In other developments, on July 13, Reuters reported that delays to a project to expand crude oil pumping capacity at Basra ports will deprive Iraq of up to 150,000 bpd of additional exports it was trying to achieve in the second quarter of this year. After…

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