This is February’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 75 total incidents in February, up from 61 in January. This has been due largely to a spike in protest activity, particularly linked to the health sector (55 protest events were recorded


This is November’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report. November has seen an uptick in activity across several categories (including tribal fighting, kidnapping, and protest activity). Monitoring captured a total of 66 incidents (up from 42 in October). There has been a marked increase in protest activity towards the end of November (continuing


This is August’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report. August saw a reduction in the rates of protest compared with July, but there was a renewed explosion of activity towards the end of the month and continuing into September. Monitoring captured 84 total incidents, down from 118 in July. Of these, 60 were

South Iraq Security Report: June 2018

This is June’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis report. Monitoring in June captured a total of 78 incidents, 15 killed, and 23 injured. This represents a significant increase in incidents and rates of violence from the previous month when there was 53 incidents, 15 killed, and 10 injured. As I outlined in May’s report, the previous month had seen rates of

South Iraq Security Report: December 2017

This is December’s edition of my Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis report focused on the south (now including Wasit). I have started to increase the number of images and videos related to incidents which are now attached to incident reports on the SIGACT map. The data collection parameters for recorded incidents are as follows: >

Fallujah and the Public Sphere: English / Arabic Comparison, Part I

This is the first of a series of posts in which I will present analysis on data collected on the networked-public sphere surrounding the ongoing battle for Fallujah. I’ve been messing about with some data mining, analysis, and visualisation techniques and thought a comparison of how the English vs Arabic language twitter spheres have responded to

Mapping Iraqi political, legal, military, and intelligence structures and key figures

I have updated my map of key figures in the Iraqi state, legal, military, and intelligence structures to account for recent changes at the Ministry of Interior, Intelligence, and the head of Baghdad Operations. Key sackings and resignations, as a result of ISIS attacks on Baghdad that have resulted in mass civilian casualties, include: Zuhair Gharbaoui

Mapping al-hashd al-shaabi (The Popular Mobilisation)

Important notes: Firstly, this is a work in progress, I will be developing it as time goes on. Secondly, I don’t claim that this information is reliable, in fact many of the sources are unverifiable, journalistic, or from information that is recycled by security analysts and think tankers within the defence establishment. Other sources include