This is July’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Muthanna and Diwaniyah. SIGACT map, pivot table, and protest tables are available below.
This month I’ve included additional data and maps comparing protest dynamics across the south in July with the same period last year which saw unprecedented levels of civil unrest. So far this year, the patterns of protest activity have been quite different.
I recorded 114 total incidents in July, a further jump up from 92 in June and 52 in May. I recorded 70 protest incidents across south Iraq in July, up from 51 protest incidents during June. This compares with 104 protest incidents in July 2018. However, as tables and maps below indicate, not only are protests more subdued so far this summer, they are also smaller in scale and differentiated from July 2018 in terms of their targets, grievances, and forms of coordination. Protests in July 2019 have also been much less Basra-centric, and more localised in peripheral towns rather than the major urban centres.
SIGACT MAP: South Iraq July 2019 (Click “View larger map” for full functionality)
PIVOT TABLE: South Iraq July 2019
PROTEST TABLES: South Iraq July 2019
ADDITIONAL DATA AND MAPS