SOUTH IRAQ SECURITY REPORT: April 2018

April’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis. Monitoring in April captured a total of 55 incidents, 15 killed, and 17 injured. Monitoring parameters were as follows: > Serious violent incidents > Tribal fighting > Terrorism > Protest activity > Kidnapping > Arms trafficking > Maritime incidents SIGACT MAP: South Iraq April 2018

SOUTH IRAQ SECURITY REPORT: March 2018

March’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis including 3D video map, SIGACT Map, and incident report pivot table. Monitoring in March captured a total of 48 incidents, 7 killed, and 9 injured. Monitoring parameters were as follows: > Serious violent incidents > Tribal fighting > Terrorism > Protest activity > Kidnapping >

South Iraq Security Report: 6 month “Data Edition” (August-Jan)

In this special “Data Edition” of my monthly reporting on security incidents across southern Iraq (Basra, Muthanna, Dhi Qar, Maysan and Wasit), I’ve collated all the data gathered thus far into a single interactive map, pivot table and a number of graphs. Readers can explore and utilise data that captures the previous 6 months (August

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: >

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: A dialogue with MP Shirouk al-Abayachi on the Civil Democratic Alliance (CDA) – Methaq al-Fayyadh (2014)

Below is another translation of an interview by Iraqi journalist Methaq al-Fayyadh, this time with female Iraqi MP Shirouk al-Abayachi. The interview deals with her role in the Civil Democratic Alliance (CDA), an attempt to bring civil trend actors together behind a unified political platform to contest parliamentary elections.   A dialogue with MP Shirouk

Translation 1/3: Iraqi Communist Party History. “Part One: The Iraqi communists, their political alliances, and lessons learnt (1934-2014)” by Jassim al-Halwai

Below is the first instalment of a three-part translation of a series of articles written for the ICP by communist intellectual Jassim al-Halwai. The article begins with some preliminary clarifications and wider context setting before getting stuck into more granular historical analysis of the ICP’s relations with other Iraqi political factions throughout the organisation’s history.

Translation and analysis: ‘Ministries without quotas’ Iraqi Writer’s Union letter to Iraq’s leaders and the origins of Iraq’s technocracy discourse

While the Fallujah operation, al-hashd al-shaabi, and the fight against ISIS have been grabbing the international headlines, Iraq’s political process and structures are also under considerable pressure from a long-running protest movement demanding fundamental political reform. One Iraqi analyst has described this movement as: ‘the first large-scale popular challenge to the consensus on the Iraqi