South Iraq Security Report: August 2017

Monthly security report on south Iraq

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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 […]

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 […]

Translation: “The Iraqi communists. Who are they, and what do they do?” An interview with the ICP’s Jassim al-Helfi by Methaq al-Fayyadh (2014)

Methaq al-Fayyadh, “The Communists in Iraq… Who are they…and what do they do?,” al-hiwar al-mutamadin, March 18, 2014.   The Iraqi public has many questions regarding the communists in Iraq: Who are they? Do they agitate against religion? How do they co-exist with the Other? Does the Communist […]

Interpreting itikaaf

Originally posted on Pulling and gouging:
On numerous occasions since 2003 the figurehead of the Sadrist Line, Muqtada al-Sadr, has removed himself from the public eye for periods of itikaaf, or “seclusion”. The practice provides insights into the role of his leadership in the wider movement. When he enters seclusion,…

Deep Baltic

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Pulling and gouging

Observations on social movements in Iraq

Talisman Gate, Again

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Zaqaq translation

Arabic Translation and Language Resources