Faris Kamal Nadhmi – ‘Muqtada al-Sadr between the safety of reform and fear of change: Will he choose revolution or counter-revolution?’ – article translation

Faris Kamal Nadhmi, ‘Muqtada al-Sadr between the safety of reform and fear of change: Will he choose revolution or counter-revolution?’ al-Mada, 4 February, 2020. For a significant section of Iraqi public opinion, it has become commonplace to describe the political behaviour of Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr as volatile, contradictory, puzzling and strange. And this raises a

Ahmad ‘Abd al-Hussein – ‘A Letter to the Sadrist Nation’ – article translation

Ahmad ‘Abd al-Hussein, ‘A Letter to the Sadrist Nation’ NAS News, February 6, 2020 Is it too late to warn of civil strife [fitna] because it is already upon us? Eight martyred in a single night in Najaf, live fire, shells, Molotovs and dozens injured. This is far from being civil strife, this is a

‘Ali Wajih – ‘Sadr and Us: The Lost Partnership’ – article translation

Sadr and Us: The Lost Partnership ‘Ali Wajih, originally published by Nas News 03 Feb 2020 In this moment, with the continuing tensions between the Blue Hats (a formation belonging to the Sadrist trend) and the other protesters, the leader of the trend – Muqtada al-Sadr – has closed down all spaces for cooperation between

LIVE MAPPING IRAQ’S FEBRUARY 2020 PROTESTS ACROSS THE SOUTH

Below is a map of protest activity and security incidents across south Iraq so far in February. Created by Ben Robin @Benrobinz and Iqan Alkhassaf @IqanAlkhassaf. This map will be updated daily throughout the month. Click “view large map” in the top right of the embedded map to open it up for full functionality. Live

Targeted violence against protest activists and journalists in south Iraq since October 2019

Below is a map showing targeted violence against protest activists and journalists covering the protests across south Iraq since October 2019. This was compiled by @benrobinz and @IqanAlkhassaf based on continuous monitoring of protest activity and security incidents across Basra, al-Diwaniyah, Muthanna, Dhi Qar and Maysan only. For full functionality, click “show large map” at

SOUTH IRAQ SECURITY AND PROTEST DYNAMICS REPORT: AUGUST 2019

This is August’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Muthanna and Diwaniyah. SIGACT map, pivot table and protest tables are available below. I recorded 74 total incidents in August, a fall from 114 July, and 92 in June. I recorded 33 protest incidents, down from 70 in July and 51 in

SOUTH IRAQ SECURITY AND PROTEST DYNAMICS REPORT: JULY 2019

This is July’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Muthanna and Diwaniyah. SIGACT map, pivot table, and protest tables are available below. This month I’ve included additional data and maps comparing protest dynamics across the south in July with the same period last year which