This is March’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 84 total incidents in March, up from 75 in February and 61 in January. Protests fell slightly to 43 with last month’s wide-spread health sector protests largely falling away. There was also serious tribal fighting incidents in March, centred particularly on northern Basra City (Hayy al-Latif and Garmat ‘Ali).
In preparation for doing some more in-depth research on protest dynamics in Basra, I’ve started expanding some of my data collection categories relating to protest activity. As in last month’s report, I’ve included separate protest tables that: break down protest incidents by the sector mobilised (education, health, civil society activism etc.); the size of the mobilisation; and whether protests incidents were “sector-contained” or “multi-sector” (meaning, did protests involve coordination across multiple social or economic sectors). I’m hoping this sort of additional data can start to help flesh out the empirical picture of protest dynamics in Basra and the other southern provinces in Iraq. Any feedback on how I’ve structured these categories would be welcome!
As with other recent posts, I am currently focusing on trying to get my PhD thesis drafted and so don’t have time to write a detailed narrative analysis of the data. The map and data for the month can, however, be explored below as usual.
SIGACT MAP: South Iraq March 2019 (Click “View larger map” for full functionality)
PIVOT TABLE: South Iraq March 2019
PROTEST TABLE: South Iraq March 2019