This is April’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 57 total incidents in April, down from 84 in March, breaking a trend of rising incident counts since January 2019. Serious tribal fighting continued in the Garmat ‘Ali area of Basra City
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
Article for The Washington Post: Anger in Iraq’s southern provinces has been building for months, now it’s boiling over
Below is a link to my latest for Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage on protests in south Iraq. The article can be found here!
Below is a quick translation of the statement put out by the ICP with respect to the announcement of an alliance between Muqtada al-Sadr and Fatih’s Hadi al-‘Ameri: Statement of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) concerning the announcement of the alliance between Sa’iroun and Fatih. Adhering to the national project for change and reform.
Link to my Washington Post (Monkey Cage) article: “Why many failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections”
Link to my article for the Monkey Cage which draws some theoretical insights from the Sadrist-ICP electoral coalition. It looks at the question of societal weakness in Iraq within the broader framework of the Arab Spring.