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

مكتب المرجع السيستاني يوضح ما ورد بخطبة الجمعة من ( ان الدفاع واجب كفائي – al-Sistani clarifies the “jihad fatwa”

Dated: 14 June 2015 Original source (Arabic): Nun News Agency Translation starts here: The Office of the Marja’ al-Sistani clarifies what was reported in the Friday sermon (that defence is a wajib kafai [collective duty]) The Office of the Marja’ya representing Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani has clarified 4 points with respect to what was