Overall levels of organised violence and demonstrations declined across the South and Southeast Asian regions last week compared to the previous week. In Afghanistan, violence between Afghan security forces and both Taliban and Islamic State (IS) fighters continued across the country, particularly in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar, and Helmand. Concerning IS, there was a…Details
Conflict continued at a similar level throughout the Middle East region last week relative to the week prior. In Syria and Yemen, long-planned offensives began and moved forward at a slow pace. In Turkey and Iraq, fighting continued against Kurdish rebel groups in both Iraqi Kurdistan and the Turkish southeast. In Palestine and Bahrain, demonstrations…Details
This infographic, by ACLED Research Analyst Melissa Pavlik, offers an examination of IS’s behavior within and outside its core areas of operation.
Key developments in Africa during the week of September 16th include violence in Ethiopia, renewed fighting in Libya’s Tripoli, the death of a Mayi Mayi faction leader in DRC and key incidents involving international actors in Niger and Nigeria. In Ethiopia, at least two large attacks were carried out on September 16th by emboldened Oromo…Details
With elections looming in October, we consider the trajectory of the current conflict in Anglophone Cameroon and demonstrate how the government’s heavy-handed response to protesters facilitated the rise of armed secessionist movements against the Cameroonian government. What began as a peaceful protest by English-speaking lawyers and teachers in Cameroon in 2016 has escalated into a…Details
Since February this year, a new battlefront has emerged in eastern Burkina Faso (ACLED, 2018), in the Est Region situated along the borders with Niger, Benin, and Togo is regarded as a bastion of banditry. However, militancy is a new phenomenon in this part of the country, except the reported failed attempt by Al-Mourabitoun to…Details
With this infographic, ACLED Research Analyst Melissa Pavlik argues that recent developments in Afghanistan do little fundamentally change the country’s conflict environment. Find an explanation of ACLED’s methodology for monitoring the conflict in Afghanistan here.Details
Key developments in Africa during the week of September 9th include continued high levels of insurgent activity in Somalia and Cameroon; heavy military activity against Boko Haram in Nigeria; continued ethnic unrest in south-west Kenya; political unrest in Ethiopia and a large-scale bombing in Libya. In Somalia, al Shabaab has continued a number of low-level…Details
Protests in Idleb demonstrate continued civilian calls to end violence in Syria (January 1, 2017 – September 15, 2018). Infographic by Syria Research Manager Stephanie Anderson.
Iraqi Kurdistan and adjacent Kurdish regions were the site of increased activity last week as both Iran and Turkey continued to attack alleged enclaves of Kurdish rebels in the governorates of Erbil and Dahuk. In both Iraq and Iran, demonstrations were held by Kurds against these and other actions. Meanwhile, unrelated demonstrations continued throughout the…Details