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: October 2017

This is October’s edition of my Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis report focused on the south (Basra, Muthanna, Dhi Qar, and Maysan). The data collection parameters for recorded incidents are as follows: > Serious violent crime (e.g. armed car robbery. Violent incidents for which motives are not clear are placed into this category). > Tribal

South Iraq Security Report: September 2017

This is September’s edition of my Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis report focused on the south (Basra, Muthanna, Dhi Qar, and Maysan). The data collection parameters for recorded incidents are as follows: > Serious violent crime (e.g. armed car robbery) > Tribal fighting > Terrorism (this includes attacks by militia groups and intra-militia violence) >

Translation: Muqtada al-Sadr, a coup, and democracy.

Muqtada al-Sadr was recently asked by one of his followers to clarify whether he would seek to topple the Iraqi government in a forceful coup and install a new government. Perhaps more interesting than the overt question about coups was how the question was framed, the underlying reference to Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr’s political vision which