This is January’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 61 total incidents in January, down slightly from last month. However, the levels of violence (aggregating serious violent incidents and tribal fighting) rose to 37 compared with 32 in December. Criminal violence
This is December’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. December has seen a further uptick in activity across several categories. Monitoring captured a total of 88 incidents (up from 66 in November and from 42 in October). Of particular note in December was a spate of incidents
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 October’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report. October has been a relatively quiet month because of the Arbaeen celebrations. Monitoring captured a total of 42 incidents, down from 103 in September. There were 15 killed and 12 injured in October in 29 violent incidents (tribal fighting and serious violent incidents), a
This is September’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report. September saw another explosion in protest activity, this time concentrated in Basra province. Monitoring captured 124 total incidents. Of these, 103 were protest incidents. I am now in PhD thesis writing mode, so only have time to dump the data without any additional analysis.
Link to my article for Washington Post (TMC) on Basra protests in September.
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
This is July’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis report. July saw an explosion in the rate and scale of protest activity across the south. Provincial council buildings were stormed in several provinces, and the offices of political parties and militias were also attacked. Monitoring captured a total of 118 incidents of
As Protests Sweep Iraq, are the Country’s Political Elites Running out of Options? Blog article for LSE’s MEC
Below is a link to a blog piece I wrote for LSE’s Middle East Centre on the protests which swept Iraq’s southern provinces in July 2018. Link to LSE MEC blog article.
This is May’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis. Monitoring in May captured a total of 53 incidents, 15 killed, and 10 injured. This month’s edition focuses on data, highlighting the return to high levels of violence and tribal fighting following significant security operations both in February and surrounding the elections. In