This is April’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 57 total incidents in April, down from 84 in March, breaking a trend of rising incident counts since January 2019. Serious tribal fighting continued in the Garmat ‘Ali area of Basra City involving the Hamdani and Batoot tribes. Fighting has resulted in multiple casualties and fatalities as the two sides clashed using medium and heavy weapons, mortars and other explosives.

In preparation for doing some more in-depth research on protest dynamics in Basra later this year, I’ve started expanding 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 April 2019 (Click “View larger map” for full functionality)

PIVOT TABLE: South Iraq April 2019

PROTEST TABLES: South Iraq April 2019

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