Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dec 2013 Another Deadly Month For Iraq’s Ninewa Province

 
Iraq’s Ninewa province remained one of the most dangerous places in the country again in December 2013. That month saw the most attacks for the year, resulting in another large number of dead and wounded. Almost all the violence was centered around the governorate capital of Mosul, which has remained an insurgent stronghold since the beginning of the war.

(Wash Post)
In December militants remained focused upon killing and intimidating the local population of Mosul and its security forces. For the month there were 147 attacks surpassing November’s 142 for the most in the year. That averaged out to 4.74 security incidents per day. In comparison in January 2013 there were only 2.35 per day. Mosul has accounted for 2/3 or more of the incidents per month last year, and December was no exception with 106 attacks or 72% occurring there. The vast majority of those attacks were small ones involving shootings or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that usually only led to ten or less casualties. On December 1 a roadside bomb went off in Mosul killing two civilians and wounding another for example. That same day gunmen assaulted a checkpoint killing one soldier. The next day four IEDs went off in the city leading to two police being killed, and 11 wounded including six police and one peshmerga. During those two days there were also shootings in Hammam al-Alil, Yarmouk, Faisaliya, a kidnapping in Seetah, and a sticky bomb exploded in Refaq. The deadliest attack was on December 29 when a suicide car bomber targeted an army convoy leaving 10 soldiers killed, including the commander of the Army’s 3rd Regiment, and 13 wounded. That type of events has been the exception however. Unlike Baghdad or the south, in Ninewa, insurgents are more interested in intimidating and imposing their will over the local security forces and population than causing mass casualties. The militants have seemingly achieved that acting with apparent impunity in Mosul and its environs at least.


Reported Security Incidents In Ninewa 2013
Month
Attacks
Attacks
In
Mosul
Gunfire
Incidents
Bombings
Deaths
ISF
Deaths
Civilian
Deaths
Wound.
ISF
Wound.
Civilian
Wound.
Jan
73
57
41
28
78
42
35
61
32
29
Feb
79
63
48
33
115
59
56
70
54
16
Mar
100
73
54
50
102
60
40
119
67
52
Apr
74
55
41
29
85
61
23
94
75
19
May
110
89
50
57
128
80
48
182
116
66
Jun
98
68
41
54
122
61
61
228
105
123
Jul
114
85
55
55
180
103
74
223
99
124
Aug
107
83
45
68
128
85
41
150
59
89
Sep
114
85
52
91
193
98
94
236
78-112
135
Oct
89
74
41
52
218
81
137
339
92
247
Nov
142
99
81
63
195
76
116
251
73
176
Dec
147
106
90
75
177
77
96
221
90
130



Ninewa is regularly the second or third most deadly province in Iraq each month. Mosul remains a major urban base for a variety of insurgent groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Ansar al-Sunni, and the Naqshibandi to mention just a few. They rely upon the city as a major source of financing. Their goal therefore is to control the city and its businesses rather than cause mass deaths. That’s why the vast majority of attacks are drive by shootings or small roadside bombs instead of the suicide or car bombs regularly seen in other parts of the country. As the insurgency has reconstituted itself during 2013 it has carried out more and more operations in Ninewa, now regularly averaging around 100 per month. The situation is so bad that it can be said that the militants are the ones that really run Mosul, having scared and intimidated everyone else. Baghdad has done nothing about his situation focusing instead upon the rural and border regions of Ninewa when it launches military operations. The security situation therefore cannot be expected to improve any time soon, and the populace will suffer as a consequence.

SOURCES

Agence France Presse, "Suicide bomber attacks Shiites as Iraq unrest kills 9," 12/18/13

AIN, "2 Brothers killed, wounded in Mosul," 12/8/13
- "2 gunmen killed, eastern Mosul," 12/14/13
- "2 IP elements killed of western of Mosul," 12/21/13
- "2 IPs, student injured southern Mosul," 12/10/13
- "3 civilians injured in Mosul," 12/2/13
- "4 IP elements killed, wounded in Mosul," 12/24/13
- "9 houses belong to security elements detonated in Nineveh," 12/29/13
- "Asayish element, woman killed eastern Mosul," 12/30/13
- "Chancellor of Mosul University survives assassination attempt," 12/3/13
- "Civilian killed eastern Mosul," 12/19/13
- "Civilian killed of northern Mosul," 12/17/13
- "Civilian wounded northern Mosul," 12/16/13
- "Civilian's dead body found in southern Mosul," 12/22/13
- "Engineer assassinated western Mosul," 12/19/13
- "Former candidate of PC elections assassinated in Mosul," 12/18/13
- "IA key officer injured in southern Mosul," 12/28/13
- "IA Soldier assassinated in Mosul," 12/15/13
- "IA soldiers injured in western Mosul," 12/29/13
- "IP injured eastern Mosul," 12/4/13
- "Mayor of Mosul survives assassination attempt," 12/11/13
- "Mayor, teacher killed eastern Mosul," 12/30/13
- "Policeman, civilian killedin Mosul," 12/22/13
- "Policeman killed, eastern Mosul," 12/2/13
- "Policeman killed in western Mosul," 12/12/13
- "Urgent….FPS officers injured in northern Mosul," 12/20/13
- "Urgent…7 Persons killed, wounded western Mosul," 12/30/13
- "Urgent..Police commander survives assassination western Mosul," 12/10/13

Aswat al-Iraq, "2 cops killed west of Mosul," 12/22/13
- "2 soldiers killed west of Mosul," 12/27/13
- "5 cops injured in Ninewa," 12/11/13
- "Sticky bomb exploded in Mosul University campus," 12/11/13
- "University teacher assassinated west of Mosul," 12/29/13
- "Youth killed east of Mosul," 12/8/13

Buratha News, "Martyrdom of police and the killing of two terrorists in armed clash west of Mosul," 12/29/13
- "The strength of the army kills two terrorists tried to assassinate gallery owner in eastern Mosul," 12/23/13
- "Wounding a civilian by a roadside bomb west of Mosul," 12/26/13

Al Forat, "2 policemen killed in western Mosul," 12/25/13
- "4 civilian including child killed, injured eastern Mosul," 12/29/13
- "16 persons killed, injured in Mosul," 12/7/13
- "Mosul suicide bombing death toll hit 14 deaths, injuries," 12/29/13

Independent Press Agency, "Killed in an armed attack in the Peshmerga Rashidiya area Mosul," 12/23/13
- "Killing and wounding four people, including a soldier and the bombing of an armed attack in Mosul," 12/1/13
- "The killing and wounding of four members of the military armed attack south of Mosul," 12/18/13

Iraq Times, "The death of a family of three people by a roadside bomb in Mosul," 12/28/13
- "The martyrdom of three civilians shot by unknown assailants in three separate incidents in Mosul," 12/20/13

Al Jazeera, "Female TV presenter among 20 killed in Iraq," 12/15/13

Al-Mada, "11 people were injured when a car bomb targeted a bus carrying pilgrims returning from the people of Tal Afar from Karbala," 12/25/13
- "23 dead and wounded in the final outcome of the car bombing that targeted the army convoy in eastern Mosul," 12/29/13
- "The death of imam and an employee of the Department of Water carried out in two attacks west of Mosul," 12/27/13
- "Five of the injured people of Tal Afar in explosion upon their return from a visit east of Mosul," 12/24/13
- "Found the body of a member of the local council in Nineveh, a day after he was abducted," 12/25/13
- "Gunman killed and 13 others arrested in separate operations of the army and police Nineveh," 12/25/13
- "Killing a traffic policeman and director a school carried out in two attacks by gunmen in eastern Mosul in separate incidents," 12/31/13
- "Killing and wounding six members of the Federal Police in suicide bombing west of Mosul," 12/30/13
- "The killing of a professor in the Faculty of Religion in armed attack west of Mosul," 12/28/13
- "The killing of four police officers armed attack west of Mosul," 12/24/13
- "The killing of two members of the Facilities Protection bombing targeted a patrol west of Mosul," 12/23/13
- "Killing one soldier and wounding two armed attack east of Mosul," 12/11/13
- "Killing three policemen armed attack south of Mosul," 12/28/13
- "Najat lieutenant-colonel survives assassination attempt, killing and wounding three of his bodyguards in southern Mosul," 12/20/13
- "Policeman killed an armed attack west of Mosul," 12/1/13
- "Soldier killed in a car bombing west of Mosul," 12/27/13
- "Soldier killed in the bombing targeting an army patrol south of Mosul," 12/31/13
- "Submitted injured police armed attack west of Mosul," 12/28/13

National Iraqi News Agency, "2 Gunmen killed, 2 policemen wounded in Mosul," 12/29/13
- "2 Policemen killed in Mosul," 12/28/13
- "3 Federal policemen, civilian killed, 4 civilians wounded in Mosul," 12/30/13
- "3 Persons killed south Mosul," 12/5/13
- "3 Police members wounded in Mosul," 4/12/13
- "/3/ policemen injured, south of Mosul," 12/14/13
- "3 Soldiers killed, 5 wounded south Mosul," 12/10/13
- "8 Policemen killed, wounded in Mosul," 12/2/13
- "/10/ People killed and wounded in central Mosul," 12/7/13
- "Associate Director of a polling station injured in an armed attack in Mosul," 12/26/13
- "BREAKING NEWS 15 Military personnel killed, wounded in Mosul," 12/29/13
- "BREAKING NEWS. Adviser of Nineveh governor killed in Mosul,"12/2/13
- "BREAKING NEWS Car bomb exploded wounding 12 persons from Talafar while on their way back from Karbala," 12/25/13
- "Breaking News….Senior Army officer killed in Mosul," 12/30/13
- "Child killed, another wounded in Mosul," 12/20/13
- "A civilian killed and his sister wounded, west of Mosul," 12/18/13
- "Civilian killed in a sticky bomb explosion in Mosul," 12/2/13
- "A civilian killed, northern Mosul," 12/17/13
- "A civilian killed west of Mosul," 12/14/13
- "The death of an employee and wounded his wife west of Mosul," 12/1713
- "Former military pilot killed in Mosul," 12/29/13
- "Gunmen assassinate a civilian and wound his brother in Mosul," 12/4/13
- "Gunmen assassinate a policeman in Mosul," 12/11/13
- "Gunmen blow house of lawmaker south of Mosul," 12/16/13
- "Gunmen blow up eight houses southeast of Mosul," 12/16/13
- "Gunmen, in military uniforms, kill a police officer and his son on the night of his wedding south of Mosul," 12/5/13
- "Gunmen kidnap Mukhtar of a village west of Mosul," 12/2/13
- "Gunmen kill a lieutenant colonel in Mosul," 12/3/13
- "Gunmen kill a police intelligence agent in Mosul," 12/3/13
- "Gunmen kill a policeman and wound three others in Mosul," 12/19/13
- "Gunmen kill a programs presenter in Mosul," 12/15/13
- "Gunmen kill two policemen in Mosul," 12/8/13
- "Gunmen shot dead a policeman in Mosul," 12/19/13
- "Killing and wounding /4/ civilians, west of Mosul," 12/19/13
- "Lawyer assassinated in eastern Mosul," 12/10/13
- "Lawyer killed, his brother wounded in Mosul," 12/9/13
- "A man and his wife killed, in eastern Mosul," 12/31/13
- "MP escapes an assassination attempt in Mosul," 12/30/13
- "Nineteen man and a woman killed and injured in Nineveh," 12/24/13
- "Policeman and his brother killed, four soldiers wounded in two separate incidents in Mosul," 12/24/13
- "Police corporal wounded, in Nineveh," 12/30/13
- "Policeman, his mother killed in Qayara," 12/20/13
- "Policeman, his wife, a former army officer killed in two separate incidents in Mosul," 12/26/13
- “Policeman killed, his brother kidnapped south Mosul," 12/8/13
- "A policeman killed, three civilians wounded in two separate incidents in Mosul," 12/30/13
- "Sahwa member killed, 2 policemen wounded southeast Mosul," 12/19/13
- "A soldier killed and wounding another, west of Mosul," 12/17/13
- "Soldier, worker killed in Mosul," 12/14/13
- "Teacher killed south of Mosul," 12/1/13
- "Three policemen killed, another wounded in Mosul," 12/10/13
- "Toll of victims in Mosul up to 19 dead and wounded," 12/16/13
- "Two civilians, a grenade explosion in central Mosul," 12/4/13
- "Two civilians wounded in IED explosion in Mosul," 12/8/13
- "Two policemen killed in Mosul," 12/9/13
- "Two policemen killed, two others wounded in Mosul," 12/4/13
- "Two policemen wounded in a car bomb explosion in Mosul," 12/10/13
- "Two soldiers wounded in Mosul," 12/18/13
- "University student killed in Mosul," 12/22/13
- "University student killed, Shabak citizen killed in Mosul," 12/5/13

Radio Nawa, "The assassination of a former candidate for the list are united west of Mosul," 12/11/13
- "Former army officer killed in eastern Mosul," 12/4/13
- "The killing of four suicide bombers stormed the headquarters of the Police Directorate in Ninewa," 12/28/13
- "A policeman was killed and an employee in the electricity Nineveh silenced weapons in eastern Mosul," 12/2/13

Al Rayy, "The death of a woman and wounding three, including a child in explosion targeting visitors to Arbain east of Mosul," 12/24/13
Al Rayy, - Mosul," 12/2/13
- "Gunman killed and wounded soldiers clash south of Mosul," 12/23/13
- "Height of the victims of the car bomb explosion on a military patrol in eastern Mosul to 16 people," 12/29/13
- "Killing two terrorists tried to attack the checkpoint silenced weapons in Mosul," 12/23/13
- "Martyrdom and wounding four policemen when a roadside bomb south of Mosul," 12/22/13
- "The martyrdom of one of the elements of the army and the woman armed clash near a checkpoint in eastern Mosul," 12/3/13
- "Wounding three civilians and two policemen were wounded in a car bomb attack west of Mosul," 12/23/13

Salaheddin, Sinan, "7 Killed As Iraqi Troops Arrest Sunni Lawmaker," Associated Press, 12/28/13

Xinhua, "25 killed in attacks in Iraq," 12/21/13
- "46 killed, 100 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq," 12/20/13

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