Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Islamic State Unleashes A Wave Of Car Bombs During 2nd Week of June 2015 In Iraq


During the second week of June the Islamic State (IS) unleashed a new wave of car bombs in Iraq. On top of that IS carried out another mass execution in Ninewa, while a large number of bodies were discovered in Kirkuk. On the government side it was still trying to clear Garma in Anbar and take back the Baiji Refinery and surrounding area in Salahadddin.

In the second week of June 2015 there were 127 incidents reported in the press. That was just around the 131 from the previous week. Attacks have been very low for the last month. At the start of the year there was an average of 26.2 incidents per day in January. So far in June there has just been 18.3 per day. Baghdad saw the most violence during the week with 49 attacks, followed by 27 in Anbar, 21 in Salahaddin, 12 in Diyala, 9 in Ninewa, 5 in Babil, 2 in Kirkuk, and one each in Basra and Karbala. The number of incidents is always higher than what gets reported.

There were 523 deaths and 394 wounded in the media from Jun 8-14. A statement by the Peshmerga Ministry compared to previous reports also showed 405 Peshmerga had been injured since the start of fighting against the Islamic State back in June 2014. During the week the dead were made up of 3 Peshmerga, 9 Sahwa, 44 Hashd al-Shaabi, 88 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 379 civilians. The wounded consisted of 4 Sahwa, 13 Peshmerga, 43 ISF, 68 Hashd, and 266 civilians. Ninewa had the most fatalities for the week with 188. There were another 127 in Kirkuk, 78 in Baghdad, 55 in Anbar, 47 in Salahaddin, 18 in Diyala, 9 in Babil, and one in Basra.

Violence In Iraq By Week 2015
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
184
434
464
Jan 8-14
170
730
493
Jan 15-21
182
390
515
Jan 22-28
189
466
894
Jan 29-31
90
288
529
JAN
815
2,308
2,895
Feb 1-7
155
380
688
Feb 8-14
170
406
559
Feb 15-21
165
573
364
Feb 22-28
165
371
687 + 386
FEB
655
1,730
2,683
Mar 1-7
172
372
587
Mar 8-14
133
348
656
Mar 15-21
142
1,299
503
Mar 22-28
170
235
406
Mar 29-31
72
205
219
MAR
689
2,459 + 4
2,371 + 150
Apr 1-7
121
212
422
Apr 8-14
133
626
525
Apr 15-21
169
722
714
Apr 22-28
160
483
483
Apr 29-30
50
162 + 7
182 + 299
APR
633
2,212
2,625
May 1-7
154
626
450
May 8-14
154
420
549
May 15-21
124
963
387
May 22-28
108
341 + 1,499
348
May 29-31
38
66
164 + 646
MAY
578
2,416 + 1,499
1,898 + 646
Jun 1-7
131
431
476
Jun 8-14
127
523 + 405
394

Violence In Iraq By Province, June 2015
Province
Jun 1-7
Jun 8-14
Anbar
31 Incidents
181 Killed: 64 ISF, 23 Hashd, 40 Sahwa, 54 Civilians
162 Wounded: 77 ISF, 4 Sahwa, 7 Hashd, 74 Civilians
12 Shootings
3 IEDs
5 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Artillery
4 Mortars
2 Rockets
9 Car Bombs Destroyed
27 Incidents
55 Killed: 15 ISF, 27 Hashd, 13 Civilians
71 Wounded: 15 ISF, 24 Hashd, 32 Civilians
14 Shootings
2 IEDs
4 Suicide Bombers
8 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Missile
1 Rockets
18 Suicide Bombers Killed
5 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
3 Incidents
4 Killed: 4 Civilians
13 Wounded: 13 Civilians
1 Shooting
2 IEDs
5 Incidents
9 Killed: 3 ISF, 2 Sahwa, 4 Civilians
26 Wounded: 3 Sahwa, 23 Civilians
4 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
Baghdad
51 Incidents
73 Killed: 6 ISF, 2 Sahwa, 65 Civilians
185 Wounded: 13 ISF, 2 Sahwa, 170 Civilians
12 Shootings
28 IEDs
5 Sticky Bombs
2 Car Bombs
1 Grenade
49 Incidents
78 Killed: 7 ISF, 4 Sahwa, 68 Civilians
200 Wounded: 16 ISF, 1 Sahwa, 183 Civilians
17 Shootings
23 IEDs
5 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb
2 Car Bombs
7 Car Bombs Destroyed
Basra
2 Incidents
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
2 Wounded: 2 Civilians
2 Shootings
1 Incident
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
1 Shooting
Diyala
10 Incidents
23 Killed: 1 ISF, 22 Civilians
41 Wounded: 41 Civilians
1 Shooting
4 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Mortar
12 Incidents
18 Killed: 1 ISF, 1 Peshmerga, 3 Sahwa, 4 Hashd, 9 Civilians
8 Wounded: 8 Civilians
8 Shootings
2 IEDs
Karbala
-
1 Incident
7 Car Bombs Destroyed
Kirkuk
4 Incidents
3 Killed: 3 Civilians
2 Wounded: 1 Peshmerga, 1 Civilian
2 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Incidents
127 Killed: 2 Peshmerga, 125 Civilians
13 Wounded: 13 Peshmerga
1 Shooting
Ninewa
13 Incidents
96 Civilians: 1 ISF, 95 Civilians
3 Wounded: 3 Civilians
8 Shootings
8 IEDs
9 Incidents
188 Killed: 33 ISF, 155 Civilians
13 Wounded: 13 Civilians
5 Shootings
3 Suicide Bombers Killed
Salahaddin
17 Incidents
50 Killed: 3 ISF, 36 Hashd, 11 Civilians
68 Wounded: 5 ISF, 44 Hashd, 19 Civilians
9 Shootings
5 IEDs
4 Suicide Bombers
1 Grenades
7 Car Bombs Destroyed
21 Incidents
47 Killed: 30 ISF, 13 Hashd, 4 Civilians
63 Wounded: 12 ISF, 44 Hashd, 7 Civilians
8 Shootings
3 IEDs
5 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Car Bomb
2 Mortars
29 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
2 Car Bombs Destroyed


Car Bombs In Iraq, June 2015
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Jun 1
Fallujah & Thar Thar x3, Anbar
58
57
Jun 2
Palestine St, Baghdad
6
13
Jun 3



Jun 4
Thar Thar, Anbar
Baya, Baghdad
5
14
Jun 5



Jun 6
Baladrooz, Diyala
14
37
Jun 7



Totals
8
83
121
Jun 8



Jun 9
Palestine St, Baghdad
10
24
Jun 10
Shula, Baghdad
6
20
Jun 11



Jun 12
Baiji x2, Salahaddin
8
20
Jun 13
Garma x4 & Haiyakil x2, Anbar
Hijjaj x4, Salahaddin
42
49
Jun 14
Baghdadi x2, Anbar
Shaab, Baghdad
3
10
Totals
17
69
123


IS launched a large wave of car bombs during the week. 17 successfully detonated killing 69 and wounding 123. Anbar with 8 and Salahaddin with 6 were the main targets, as those two provinces remained the major battlefields in Iraq. Another 50 vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VIBEDs) were destroyed or discovered before reaching their targets. That was a total of 67 compared to 24 the week before.

The government has been trying to clear Garma to the northeast of Fallujah for weeks now. At the start of May the area was declared freed, but then ten days later government forces moved back in and have been fighting there ever since. This has been the pattern in Anbar with the ISF and tribes sweeping through an area, and then leaving to another spot, and the Islamic State moving back in. Baghdad is hoping with the deployment of the Hashd forces there will be more manpower to hold more territory, but that’s yet to be seen.

Baghdad had another violent week with 49 attacks. 3 car bombs were set off there with another 7 dismantled before they detonated. For a short period attacks dipped in the capital province, but now they are back up and IS has been planting car bombs there every week again.

7 car bombs were found in Karbala and dismantled on June 10. The south has not been hit by IS since March when a truck bomb went off in Basra. It obviously remains a target.

In Kirkuk, 125 bodies were discovered in a grave in Hawija. The bodies were found in a warehouse used by IS, and then buried.

The Islamic State continued with its executions in Ninewa. 130 were killed on June 10, six more in Badush on June 11, and another 27 members of the security forces were murdered there on June 13. A Coalition air strike was also blamed for the deaths of 20 civilians and another 13 wounded on June 8.

Heavy fighting continued in Salahaddin where the government was trying to take back Baiji and the refinery there. On June 10 a source claimed that 60% of the area had been cleared. The intensity of the conflict was shown by the fact that 2 car bombs exploded there against the government’s forces, and another 24 were destroyed before reaching their targets. Another 4 suicide car bombers hit a Hashd base in Hijjaj in the Baiji district on June 13.

SOURCES

AIN, "IFP blew up 12 car bombs in Baiji district," 6/14/15

Alsumaria, "Buried 125 unidentified bodies that were recovered from the warehouse site in Hawija, Kirkuk," 6/14/15

Associated Press, "ISIS attacks kill 10 Iraqi troops north of Baghdad," 6/13/15

Bas News, "Islamic State Kill Scores of Prisoners," 6/10/15

Al Mada, "26 dead and wounded final outcome of suicide bomber in Shula," 6/10/15
- "Killing and wounding 13 people by a car bomb in eastern Baghdad's Shaab," 6/14/15

Al Masalah, "The death of two brothers by a sticky bomb north Baghdad," 6/10/15

NINA, "/33/ Civilians killed and wounded in bombing by the international coalition aircraft in Mosul," 6/8/15
- "BN---Three Suicide Bomber Kill 9 and Wound 19 Of Police And PDF's Elements North Of Tikrit," 6/13/15
- "Daash executed 6 of the elements of the army, west of Mosul," 6/11/15
- "The destruction of an excavator and a vehicle bombs west of Samarra," 6/12/15
- "A security source: Elements of Daash executed (27) elements of the army and police, west of Mosul," 6/13/15
- "A Seventh Car Bomb Seized In Baghdad," 6/10/15
- "A tanker bomb destroyed in west of Samarra," 6/9/15

Pitarakis, Lefteris and Yacoub, Sameer, "Syrian Kurds Nearing IS Border Stronghold, Thousands Flee," Associated Press, 6/13/15

Radio Free Iraq, "14 June 2015," Daily Updates from Anbar, 6/14/15

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, "Suicide Car Bombing Kills Six In Baghdad," 6/10/15

Shafaq News, "Dead and wounded from the popular crowd west and east of Baiji," 6/12/15
- "Iraqi forces reinforce the demarcation lines with Daash after restoring 60 percent of Baiji," 6/10/15
- "Police forces repel attack by Daash destroying 17 suicide bombers in Baiji," 6/13/15

Sotaliraq, "Foiled attempt to target security forces recently with three suicide car bombers," 6/13/15

Xinhua, "U.S. military advisers arrive in Iraq, 41 killed in car bombs in Anbar," 6/13/15

Yacoub, Sameer, "Bombings Kill 20 People in and Around Baghdad," Associated Press, 6/9/15

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