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…

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. © 2020 Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). All rights reserved.

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)…

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…