Mapping The Iraq Protests: Update 17JAN2013

  • Protests in IraqWeek 1: December 21 - December 28, 2012Overview: Quickly following the arrest of Iraqi Finance Minister Rafaal-Issawi’s security detail, anti-government protests were held in theprovinces of Anbar, Salah ad-Din, and Ninewa. Within the first week,convoys of supporters converged on Ramadi, a city in central Iraq thathas become the focal point for resistance. Cordon: On December 27, a spokesperson from the Ninewa Provincial Council stated that the Iraqi Army had established a cordon in Ninewa to prevent the further Mosul spread of the Anbar protestsFocal point: During the first week ofprotests, tens of thousands poured intoRamadi to demonstrate against Nouri Convoys: As the protests in Anbaral-Maliki’s government. Protesters in province gained steam, tribalRamadi blocked the primary highway delegations from Salah ad-Din,from Baghdad to Syria and Jordan, Salah ad-Din Diyala, Baghdad, Maysan, andcalling for a sit-in until their demands Tikrit Basra traveled to Ramadi to joinwere met. Qaim the sit-in. The convoys from the Samarra southern provinces were smaller Diyala than those from Diyala, Baghdad, and Salah ad-Din. Ramadi Fallujah To Syria Rutba Adhimiya, Baghdad To Jordan Maysan Delegation Anti-government protest Basra by estimated relative size Major Highway
  • Protests in IraqWeek 2: December 29, 2012 - January 4, 2013Overview: During the second week, demonstrations maintainedstrength in Ramadi, Samarra, and Mosul while also spreadingthroughout the predominately Sunni provinces of Salah ad-Din andDiyala. Tribal delegations to Anbar continued, drawing supportersfrom Kirkuk, Karbala, and Muthanna. After minor concessions failedto quell protests, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki heightened hisrhetoric and warned that demonstrations would not be allowed tocontinue indefinitely. MosulSupport: During the second week, the KirkukRamadi sit-in continued at full force. KirkukOn December 31, Sunni Iraqi cleric On January 4, the Baghdad Opera-Abdul Malik al-Saadi traveled from Baiji tions Command ordered the IraqiAmman, Jordan to the Ramadi Tikrit Army 6th Division to secure thedemonstration, urging steadfastness al-Daur Adhamiya Bridge, preventingand the rejection of sectarian slogans. Ishaqi Jalawla demonstrators in west Baghdad from Samarra joining the protest in al-Adhimiya Dhuluiyah district in east Baghdad. Earlier Ramadi Baquba reports indicate that Iraqi Army forces Fallujah are preventing delegations and media personnel from Baghdad from To Syria Adhimiya entering Anbar. To Jordan Albu Ajil Karbala Delegation Nasiriyah Anti-government Muthanna protest Major Highway
  • Protests in IraqWeek 3: January 5 - January 11, 2013Overview: As anti-government protests continued in Anbar, Ninewa,and Salah ad-Din, pro-government counter-protests were held in thesouthern cities of Karbala, Kut, Diwaniyah, Samawa, Najaf, and Basra.Additional military cordons were established in Anbar, Baghdad, Salahad-Din, and Ninewa to contain the anti-government demonstrations.Clashes: Since week one of the protests, Cordon: On January 11, the Tigrisforces from the Ninewa Operations Operations Command deployed theCommand attempted on numerous 11th Iraqi Army Division north ofoccassions to close Ahrar Square, the site of Tikrit to prevent demonstrations inthe anti-government demonstrations in Mosul Hawija.Mosul. Reports from January 11 stateOn January 7, army vehicles ran over and that Iraqi Army forces closedwounded four people in an attempt to the Baghdad-Mosul highwaydisperse protesters. On January 8, army near Taji. Kirkukforces opened fire, wounding four moredemonstrators. In response, the IraqiFederal Police 3rd Division was ordered to Baijitake over security of the west side of Mosul. Tikrit Cordon: On January 7, forces from the al-Daur Baghdad Operations Command established a cordon in Tarmiyah, north Samarra of Baghdad in order to prevent Dhuluiyah protesters from blockading the highway Ramadi north. On January 11, security was Fallujah heightened in Adhamiya to deter To Syria Adhimiya, Ghazaliyah protests. Baghdad To Jordan Albu Ajil Karbala Kut Najaf Diwaniyah Border: On January 9, forces from the 29th Mechanized Samawa Brigade of the Iraqi 7th Army Division closed the Trebil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq, citing unspecified security Basra concerns. On January 9, the Baghdad Operations Command deployed a force on the eastern edge of Fallujah. Major Highway Anti-government protest Pro-government protest
  • Protests in IraqWeek 4: January 12 - January 17, 2013Overview: Anti-government sit-ins continued in provinces Anbar, Salahad-Din, and Ninewa while pro-government demonstrations drewsmaller-than-expected crowds. Attacks against Sunni officials andKurdish political offices threaten to exacerbate already strained ethno-sectarian tensions. January 13: Iraq closed the Rabia border crossing to Syria. January 14: Unknown ungunmen shot and killed tribal leader Mohammed January 15: The Tigris Operations Taher Abdul Rabbo al-Jubouri near his Command announced that it would house near Badush in Ninewa province. not allow demonstrations in Hawija to take place for longer than five Mosul minutes. January 16: A truck bomb targeted KDP offices in Kirkuk. January 16: Mortars targeted the home of Hamid al-Hayes, the Kirkuk January 16: A car bomb targeted chairman of the Anbar Salvation PUK offices in Tuz Khurmatu. Council and a prominent leader of Tuz Khurmatu the Anbar Awakening. Baiji January 13: Iraqi Finance January 13: Iraq closed Tikrit Minister and Iraqiyya MP Rafa the Walid border Samarra al-Issawi survived an IED attack crossing to Syria. on his convoy near Abu Ghraib. Ramadi Fallujah To Syria Tahrir Square To Jordan Najaf January 15: Iraqiyya MP Ayfan Saadun al-Issawi was assassinated by suicide bomber disguised as a construction worker near Fallujah. Basra Major Highway Anti-government protest Pro-government protest
These maps depict the anti-government and pro-government protests in Iraq from December 21, 2012 - January 11, 2013.