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.…

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.…

Regional Overview: Middle East
22-28 March 2020

Following a major decrease in battles across the region at the end of February, clashes increased by a small margin in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. Remote violence and explosions continued to decline across all countries with the exception of Iraq, where IED attacks by unidentified groups and the Islamic State (IS) have been on the rise, primarily in Diyala governorate, and where Turkey has ramped up airstrikes targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the northwest.…

Regional Overview: Middle East
8-14 March 2020

Last week in the Middle East, key developments include: continued fighting across most frontlines in Yemen; an escalation in Iraq following fatal rocket attacks against an Iraqi military base that hosts coalition forces; the maintenance of the Turkey-Syria ceasefire in northwestern Syria; and an overall decrease in demonstration events regionally due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.…