Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lowest Reported Attacks and Casualties In Iraq Sep 2015 Due To Eid Holiday


September had the lowest recorded number of attacks and casualties in Iraq of the year. The cause was the Eid holiday, which occurred at the end of the month. The government deployed extra forces to the streets that definitely reduced violence in major cities. The main reason for the drop however was the fact that many of Iraq’s papers went on holiday for almost a week and therefore there was a huge drop in reporting on the fighting.

In September there were 573 security incidents. That passed the previous low in 2015 of 578 in May. Baghdad was the most violent with 228 attacks, followed by 102 in Anbar, 90 in Salahaddin, 64 in Ninewa, 33 in Diyala, 28 in Kirkuk, 17 in Babil, 4 in Kurdistan, 3 in Basra, 2 in Karbala and 1 each in Qadisiyah ad Wasit.

Those attacks resulted in 1,291 killed and 1,647 wounded. The dead consisted of 27 Sahwa, 53 Hashd, 56 Peshmerga, 162 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 169 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and 824 civilians. The injured were made up of 1 Asayesh, 16 Sahwa, 59 Hashd, 167 Peshmerga, 176 ISF, and 1,228 civilians.

Ninewa was the deadliest province of the month with 319 killed. That was due to a huge number of people being executed by the Islamic State mostly in Mosul. 89 people were killed the first week of the month, 96 the next week, 45 the third week, 18 the fourth, and 34 the last two days of September for a total of 282 fatalities. Another 18 Peshmerga were killed and 14 wounded by IS attacks upon their positions in the north of the governorate.

Baghdad had 296 dead and 850 wounded. There were 7 car bombs there during the month, along with 6 more that were dismantled before they detonated. The main causes of casualties however were the 97 IEDs and 29 sticky bombs. Most of these were in the south with 65 incidents, 61 in the east, and 51 in the north. The west, 28, and center, 17, had the least violence during the month. IS has bases in the rural areas of the Baghdad governorate, and also funnels in men and explosives from Babil, Salahaddin and Diyala. Surprisingly, Anbar does not appear to be a major source of attacks into the capital, probably because IS is too busy conquering territory there.

Attacks In Baghdad Sep 2015
Center: 17 – 1 Car Bomb, 1 Grenade, 1 Attempted Kidnapping, 1 Shooting, 1 Suicide Bomber, 2 Kidnappings, 3 Car Bombs Dismantled, 3 Sticky Bombs, 4 IEDs
East: 54 – 1 Body Found, 1 Robbery, 2 Car Bombs, 2 Car Bombs Dismantled, 6 Kidnappings, 7 Sticky Bombs, 17 Shootings, 18 IEDs
Outer East: 7 – 1 Kidnapping, 1 Sticky Bomb, 2 Shootings, 3 IEDs
North: 37 – 1 Car Bomb, 1 Shooting/Robbery,1 Rockets, 1 Stabbing, 1 Body Found, 2 Robberies, 4 Shootings, 5 Kidnappings, 8 Sticky Bombs, 13 IEDs
Outer North: 14 – 1 Sticky Bomb, 2 Kidnappings, 2 Shootings, 9 IEDs
South: 40 –1 Stabbing, 1 Grenade, 1 Beheading, 1 Attempted Kidnapping, 2 Car Bombs, 3 Kidnappings, 3 Sticky Bombs, 8 Shootings, 19 IEDs
Outer South: 25 – 1 Grenade, 2 Sticky Bombs, 5 Shootings, 17 IEDs
West: 20 – 1 Car Bombs, 1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed, 1 Rockets, 1 Shooting/Robbery, 2 Shootings, 2 Suicide Bombers, 3 Sticky Bombs, 9 IEDs
Outer West: 8 – 1 Rocket, 3 Shootings, 4 IEDs
Unknown: 3 – 1 IED, 2 Shootings

There were a reported 182 deaths and 224 injured in Anbar. Those numbers are only a fraction of the losses there. Since the government offensive began there reports of ISF shelling of Fallujah has been suppressed along with most of the losses amongst the joint forces. The real numbers may never be revealed.

Turkey continued with its air strikes into northern Kurdistan to punish the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Ankara claimed it killed 169 PKK fighters in four waves of bomb runs. There was no way to confirm those numbers.

Most of the attacks in Salahaddin centered around Baiji where the government continued its attempt to retake the Baiji district along with its refinery. IS launched a huge number of suicide bombers, 16, and car bombs, 35, during the month, most of which were in Baiji. Losses were sometimes reported there, but like in Anbar most were not. There was an air strike in the district that killed 68 civilians and wounded 58. The U.S. did not announce any activity in that area so it was probably an Iraqi army attack. In total, there were 167 deaths and 214 injures in Salahaddin.

The Kurds launched a new series of attacks to clear out part of Daquq district in southern Kirkuk last month. Irbil did report some of its casualties with 38 Peshmerga killed and 153 wounded. That accounted for the high overall number of dead 72 and wounded 165 in Kirkuk, which usually only sees sporadic violence.

Diyala continued to experience a low level of violence. Most weeks there are a number of shootings and small bombings mostly in the western and central part of the province. There were also three car bombings, and one that went off while police were trying to disarm it. All together those led to 67 dead and 86 wounded for the month.

Irbil confirmed that the authorities are suppressing most of their losses. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a press release that 1,300 Peshmerga were killed and 5,000 wounded in fighting against the insurgents since August 2014. Those were obviously just rough numbers and not the actual totals. Compared to what was already reported in the press the KRG admitted that it had not mentioned 314 deaths and 3,003 wounded in the last 13 months.

Finally, the Islamic State’s latest car bomb campaign continued into September. There were a total of 155 vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) launched during the month. That was below August’s whopping 324 VBIEDs. The vast majority, 131, were destroyed before reaching their targets because most were targeting the security forces or Hashd and taken out by air strikes, anti-tank missiles or some other counter measure. Anbar had the most car bombs with 95, followed by 35 in Salahaddin, 13 in Baghdad, 7 in Diyala, 4 in Kirkuk, and one in Karbala. The last was significant because it showed that IS was again interested in trying to bomb the south after a hiatus. Luckily these attempts have been discovered beforehand and the VBIEDs were dismantled.

Violence In Iraq By Week 2015
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
189
466
464
Jan 8-14
172
733
518
Jan 15-21
189
403
528
Jan 22-28
195
492
899
Jan 29-31
91
306
568
JAN
836
2,400
2,977
Feb 1-7
155
408
688
Feb 8-14
177
443
566
Feb 15-21
169
592
383
Feb 22-28
171
391
705
FEB
672
1,834
2,342
Mar 1-7
176
373
595
Mar 8-14
137
398
656
Mar 15-21
146
1,304
505
Mar 22-28
174
273
406
Mar 29-31
72
205
219
MAR
705
2,553 + 4
2,381 + 150
Apr 1-7
127
218
422
Apr 8-14
137
676
542
Apr 15-21
172
729
717
Apr 22-28
163
497
483
Apr 29-30
50
162 + 7
182 + 299
APR
649
2,282
2,346
May 1-7
154
627
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
2,417 + 1,499
1,898 + 646
Jun 1-7
132
431
476
Jun 8-14
126
522 + 405
394
Jun 15-21
141
365
373
Jun 22-28
162
306
474
Jun 29-30
61
122
189
JUN
622
1,804
2,012
Jul 1-7
161
435
719
Jul 8-14
140
384
570
Jul 15-21
109
359
597 + 4,024
Jul 22-28
145
527
590
Jul 29-31
53
453 + 8
603
JUL
608
2,166
3,079 + 4,024
Aug 1-7
154
650 + 760
298
Aug 8-14
132
726
645
Aug 15-21
135
345
354
Aug 22-28
136
342
296
Aug 29-31
59
112 + 5
169
AUG
616
2,180 + 760
1,762
Sep 1-7
139
285
352
Sep 8-14
144
368
394
Sep 15-21
123
323
488
Sep 22-28
128
190
258
Sep 29-30
39
106 + 19
147 + 8
SEP
573
1,291 + 314
1,647 + 3,003

Provinces
SEP
Anbar
102 Incidents
182 Killed: 24 Sahwa, 35 Hashd, 61 ISF, 62 Civilians
224 Wounded: 10 Sahwa, 37 Hashd, 67 ISF, 110 Civilians
47 Shootings
3 IEDs
6 Suicide Bombers
11 Suicide Car Bombs
13 Mortars
1 Rocket
1 Artillery
23 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Motorcycle Bomb Destroyed
9 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
75 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
17 Incidents
15 Killed: 15 Civilians
57 Wounded: 3 Hashd, 6 ISF, 48 Civilians
4 Shootings
10 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
Baghdad
228 Incidents
296 Killed: 2 Hashd, 3 Sahwa, 13 ISF, 278 Civilians
850 Wounded: 6 Sahwa, 31 ISF, 813 Civilians
48 Shootings
97 IEDs
29 Sticky Bombs
1 Suicide Bomber
7 Car Bombs
3 Grenades
2 Rockets
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
5 Car Bombs Destroyed
Basra
3 Incidents
1 Wounded: 1 ISF
2 IEDs
1 Sound Bomb
Diyala
33 Incidents
67 Killed: 3 Hashd, 11 ISF, 53 Civilians
86 Wounded: 1 Asayesh, 4 Hashd, 5 ISF, 76 Civilians
15 Shootings
8 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
3 Car Bombs
1 Mortar
2 Motorcycle Bombs Destroyed
2 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
2 Car Bombs Destroyed
Karbala
2 Incidents
2 Sound Bombs
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Kirkuk
28 Incidents
72 Killed: 34 Civilians, 38 Peshmerga
165 Wounded: 4 Hashd, 8 Civilians, 153 Peshmerga
9 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Mortar
1 Rocket
4 Car Bombs Destroyed
KRG
4 Incidents
169 Killed: 169 PKK
4 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
64 Incidents
319 Killed: 18 Peshmerga, 47 ISF, 254 Civilians
50 Wounded: 14 Peshmerga, 36 Civilians
27 Shootings
26 IEDs
3 Rockets
3 Mortars
1 Air Strike
Qadisiyah
1 Incident
Salahaddin
90 Incidents
167 Killed: 13 Hashd, 30 ISF, 124 Civilians
214 Wounded: 11 Hashd, 66 ISF, 137 Civilians
48 Shootings
17 IEDs
2 Suicide Bombers
2 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Car Bomb
4 Mortars
14 Suicide Bombers Killed
 15 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
1 Motorcycle Bomb Destroyed
17 Car Bombs Destroyed
Wasit
1 Incident
4 Killed: 4 Civilians
1 Shooting

Car Bombs In Iraq, September 2015
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Sep 1
Haditha x3, Anbar
Khalis, Diyala
Sadoun St, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
16
26
Sep 2
Garma & Tal al-Mushahid, Anbar – 3 destroyed


Sep 3
Shaab & Shuhada, Baghdad
Garma, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Siniya, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed
2
15
Sep 4
Haditha & Zoba, Anbar – 3 destroyed


Sep 5
Albu Aetha & Humaira Anbar– 5 destroyed


Sep 6
Bashir, Kirkuk – 2 destroyed


Sep 7
Albu Aetha, Anbar – 5 destroyed
Karrada, Baghdad – 1 destroyed


Totals
6 – 25 Destroyed
18
41
Sep 8
East of Ramadi, Anbar – 2 destroyed


Sep 9
Ain Assad, East Husaiba & Husaiba, Anbar – 3 destroyed


Sep 10
Albu Soda, Anbar
Jawaanh, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Siniya, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed
9
14
Sep 11
Jaraeshi, Anbar – 1 destroyed


Sep 12
Albu Jwari, Salahaddin
Anbar Univ, East Husaiba – 7 destroyed
Hajaj, Salahaddin – 4 destroyed
3
8
Sep 13
Albu Aziz, Anbar
East Husaiba & Garma, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Albu Jwari & Baiji, Salahaddin – 5 destroyed
3
5
Sep 14
Nusour Sq, Baghdad
Khalis, Diyala
Ain Al-Tamur, Karbala – 1 destroyed
7
19
Totals
5 – 29 Destroyed
16
46
Sep 15



Sep 16



Sep 17
Wathbah Sq, Baghdad
West of Haditha, Anbar – 1 destroyed
South of Tikrit, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed
11
57
Sep 18
5 Kilo, Anbar – 1 destroyed


Sep 19
Baiji Refinery x2, Salahaddin
Saqlawiya, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Baquba, Diyala – 1 destroyed
2
5
Sep 20



Sep 21
Amin & Shuhada, Baghdad
14
55
Totals
5 - 5 Destroyed
27
117
Sep 22
Husaiba, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Arboretum & Meshtal, Baghdad – 2 destroyed
Siniya & Tal Abu Jarad, Salahaddin – 10 destroyed


Sep 23
Khalis, Diyala
Garma, Anbar – 2 destroyed
Baladrooz, Diyala – 3 destroyed
4
18
Sep 24
Tal Albu Grad, Anbar – 2 destroyed


Sep 25
Garma & ?, Anbar – 32 destroyed
Baiji, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed


Sep 26
Garma & Rashad, Anbar – 5 destroyed
?, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed


Sep 27
Rofa x2, Anbar
12

Sep 28
Garma, Anbar
Sadound St, Baghdad
West, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
Samarra Island, Salahaddin – 5 destroyed
14
24
Totals
5 – 65 Destroyed
30
42
Sep 29
Sadoun St, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
Baiji, Salahaddin – 2 destroyed


Sep 30
Outside Ramadi x3, Anbar
Outside Ramadi, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Daquq, Kirkuk – 2 destroyed
Baiji, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed
13
13
Totals
3 – 7 Destroyed
13
13
Grand
Total
24 – 131 Destroyed
104
259

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