Regional Overview: Middle East
7-13 June 2020

Last week in the Middle East, demonstrations and remote violence increased throughout the region. The surge in protests was propelled by Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen, while riots spiked in Iraq. Meanwhile, the rise in remote violence was driven by a rapid increase in airstrikes in Syria as Russian forces resumed their air campaign in the Greater Idleb area following a three-month pause.…

CDT Spotlight: PKK & Turkey

Despite the pandemic, the Turkish military has intensified operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey as well as Iraq. ACLED Research Analyst Adam Miller charts the rising violence. This infographic is part of our special CDT Spotlight series.…

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 Israeli airstrikes in Aleppo; and more clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Palestine.…

Regional Overview: Middle East
3-9 May 2020

Political violence and demonstrations decreased across the Middle East last week. Though demonstrations increased in Iraq and Iran, the uptick was not enough to offset the overall downward trend. Meanwhile, Islamic State (IS) attacks in Iraq and Syria continued to rise, indicating that instability and anti-coronavirus measures in both countries are likely allowing the group to consolidate resources and prepare for new offensives.…