Salma Eissa is a Middle East Assistant Research Manager at ACLED. Salma has an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London. She has 10 years of experience in the Egyptian civil society and research and academia sectors, and has a keen interest in political analysis and trends and patterns of political violence in the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and English, and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

Regional Overview: Middle East
21-27 June 2020

Last week in the Middle East battles and shelling/artillery/missile attacks increased in Syria. Battles also increased in Iraq as Turkish operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continued.  In Syria, clashes erupted between Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) and the newly formed Fathbatou Operations Room after HTS forces arrested a prominent Fathbatou leader. The clashes…

Regional Overview: Middle East
14-20 June 2020

Last week in the Middle East, the number of political violence and demonstration events remained stable or decreased in most countries, with the exceptions of Yemen and Iraq. In Yemen, battles and explosions/remote violence events increased. In Iraq, the Turkish military launched Operation Claw-Eagle against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), leading to a major spike…

Regional Overview: Middle East
17-30 May 2020

Over the last two weeks in the Middle East, political violence and demonstration activity generally decreased across the region, likely due to the end of the holy month of Ramadan and coronavirus-related restrictions. Key developments include: a significant increase in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, as well as Houthi retaliation; demonstrations over shortages…

Regional Overview: Middle East
10-16 May 2020

Last week in the Middle East, key developments include: reduced fighting between Houthi and pro-Hadi forces in Yemen amid the coronavirus outbreak, but increased fighting between pro-Southern Transitional Council (STC) and pro-Hadi forces around the city of Zinjibar; a return to mass demonstrations in Iraq; increased Islamic State (IS) activity in Iraq and Syria; continued…

Regional Overview: Middle East
19-25 April 2020

Across the Middle East, relatively few battles, explosions, and remote violence events were reported last week. However, demonstrations increased around the region, including in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Israel, and Palestine. Attacks against civilians also increased in Syria, Yemen, and Palestine. In Yemen, on the evening of 25 April 2020, the Southern Transitional Council (STC)…

Regional Overview: Middle East
5-11 April 2020

Across the Middle East, events related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to dominate the news cycle, with restrictions now implemented in most countries aimed at preventing and containing the spread of the coronavirus. Aside from coronavirus-related protests, the key development in the region last week was increased Islamic State (IS) activity in Yemen, Iraq, and…

Iraq’s October Revolution: Six Months On

Over the last six months there have been a number of significant updates to the political situation in Iraq as it grapples with the pressure of the October Revolution protest movement as well as foreign interference from the United States (US) and Iran. While the political context has changed substantially, the movement’s core demands remain…