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Tribal conflict in south Iraq likely to increase, exacerbated by returning PMU fighters and oil sector growth

11 January 2018


The governorate council of Maysan, in south-central Iraq, held an emergency session on 26 December 2017 about the escalation of tribal conflict in the province that month and tribal control of border crossings, and requested a meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

As of 11 January 2018, the request has not been met and a joint operation by regional troops from outside the governorate, supported by the air force, launched on 25 December, has not ended the conflict. The reported levels of daily exchanges of small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fire at the al-Shib border crossing, and across the governorate are still low compared with much of the rest of Iraq, but show a rapid escalation for Maysan.

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