Monday, August 1, 2016

Security In Iraq, July 22-28, 2016


The fourth week of July 2016 saw another limited amount of violence in Iraq. The number of reported incidents and casualties remained low for the fifth week after the Islamic State’s spring offensive concluded.

There were a total of 114 incidents in the media from July 22-28, 2016. Baghdad had the most with 65, followed by 18 in Ninewa, 9 in Salahaddin, 7 in Kirkuk, 7 in Diyala, 5 in Anbar, and 3 in Babil.

Those led to 227 deaths and 366 wounded. The dead consisted of 1 Sahwa, 2 Peshmerga, 5 Hashd, 27 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 192 civilians. Another 10 Hashd, 11 Peshmerga, 15 ISF, and 330 civilians were wounded. Baghdad had the most deaths as usual with 97. There were 61 in Ninewa, 31 in Anbar, 20 in Diyala, 14 in Salahaddin and 4 in Kirkuk.

There were only five incidents reported in Anbar during the week. That was the lowest amount of the year. The government announced its sixth attempt at clearing out Khalidiya Island between Ramadi and Fallujah. Each previous one seemed to peter out very quickly. The Islamic State launched several car bombs in Khalidiya in response, along with Haditha in the west and Albu Nimr in the center. A mass grave was also discovered in Fallujah with the bodies of 25 victims of IS.

Violence remained high in Baghdad as it has become the main target of the insurgents. There were 65 incidents leading to 97 fatalities and 277 injured. One car bomb went off in Amil in the south, but it only wounded five people. Another car bomb was discovered and dismantled in the outer north. Two suicide bombers also hit the province, one in Kadhimiya in the north that killed 20 and wounded 35, and another in Shula that left 6 dead and 15 injured. Eight others were killed before reaching their targets showing that IS was still committed to carrying out mass casualty bombings in the capital. As usual, the south was the most violent part of the province with 27 incidents, followed by 15 in the west, 14 in the north, 6 in the east, and 2 in the center.

Diyala had a low number of incidents, but one suicide car bomb detonated there. There were only 7 reported incidents total, a mix of IEDs, mortar fire, shootings, and crimes. A suicide car bomb went off in Khalis however with 17 fatalities and 22 injured. The insurgents have been picking up their operations in the governorate and trying large bombings there each week as well.

The militants returned to attacks upon the security forces and peshmerga in Ninewa. There were nine such incidents during the week, which were a mix of infantry assaults, mortar fire, and suicide bombers. The Islamic State also executed another 59 people in Mosul, Qayara and Hammam Al-Aleel. The Iraqi forces were making a big surge in the Qayara district, but after they took the Qayara air base most offensive operations seemed to come to a halt.

Kirkuk and Salahaddin were two more provinces that used to be ultra violent, but have now simmered down. There were only 7 incidents in Kirkuk and 9 in Salahaddin. In the latter there were a few attacks in the towns surrounding Tikrit. That was symbolic of what IS is attempting to do nation wide. After being expelled from many of the country’s urban areas it is attempting to rebuild in the rural districts to launch attacks upon the cities.

The car bombs in Baghdad and Diyala were the only successful ones in the country during the week. Another 11 were destroyed or dismantled in Anbar, Baghdad, and Salahaddin. As the Islamic State’s spring offensive has ended so has its wave of car bombs in Iraq.

Violence In Iraq 2016
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
171
856
421
Jan 8-14
160
517
413
Jan 15-21
160
403
223
Jan 22-28
149
445
320
Jan 29-31
55
133
334
JAN
695
2,345
1,711
Feb 1-7
176
611
312
Feb 8-14
143
230
323
Feb 15-21
154
389
221
Feb 22-29
160
382
690
FEB
632
1,612
1,547
Mar 1-7
183
321
478
Mar 8-14
168
408
415
Mar 15-21
130
349
409
Mar 22-28
135
213
420
Mar 29-31
49
172
121
MAR
665
1,463
1,843
Apr 1-7
144
239
444
Apr 8-14
141
271
391
Apr 15-21
124
436
242
Apr 22-28
160
413
524
Apr 29-30
30
61
121
APR
599
1,420
1,722
May 1-7
160
325
420
May 8-14
141
311
674
May 15-21
121
349
604
May 22-28
142
200
397
May 29-31
83
119
313
MAY
647
1,304
2,408
Jun 1-7
162
389
1,738
Jun 8-14
132
234
461
Jun 15-21
148
352
497
Jun 22-28
119
277
362
Jun 29-30
36
409
125
JUN
598
1,666
6,315
Jul 1-7
114
463
633
Jul 8-14
125
214
316
Jul 15-21
122
167
266
Jun 22-28
114
227
366

Security By Province July 22-28, 2016
Province
Incidents
Anbar
5 Incidents
31 Killed: 2 Hashd, 4 ISF, 25 Civilians
4 Wounded: 4 ISF
1 Shooting
3 IEDs
2 Suicide Motorcycle Bombers Killed
6 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
3 Incidents
4 Wounded: 2 ISF, 2 Hashd
2 IEDs
Baghdad
65 Incidents
97 Killed: 1 Sahwa, 3 Hashd, 15 ISF, 78 Civilians
277 Wounded: 8 Hashd, 9 ISF, 260 Civilians
9 Shootings
40 IEDs
6 Sticky Bombs
2 Suicide Bombers
1 Car Bomb
1 Mortar
8 Suicide Bombers Arrested/killed
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Diyala
7 Incidents
20 Killed: 20 Civilians
27 Wounded: 27 Civilians
2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Mortar
Kirkuk
7 Incidents
4 Killed: 4 Civilians
8 Wounded: 3 Peshmerga, 5 Civilians
4 Shootings
1 IED
1 Sticky Bomb
Ninewa
18 Incidents
61 Killed: 2 Peshmerga, 8 ISF, 51 Civilians
38 Wounded: 8 Peshmerga, 30 Civilians
6 Shootings
32 IEDs
4 Mortars
8 Suicide Bombers Killed
Salahaddin
9 Incidents
14 Killed: 14 Civilians
8 Wounded: 8 Civilians
5 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
3 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed

Car Bombs In Iraq July 2016
Date
Car Bombs
Dead
Wounded
Jul 1
Sheikh Ali, Taloul al-Baj, Salahaddin – 9 destroyed


Jul 2
Khalidiya Island, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Tal Skurf, Ninewa – 5 destroyed
Makhoul, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed


Jul 3
Karrada, Baghdad
Jawaanh, Anbar – 3 destroyed
292
200
Jul 4
Khan Bani Saad & north of Baquba, Diyala – 2 destroyed
Makhoul, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed


Jul 5
Haditha Dist, Anbar – 2 destroyed


Jul 6
Jazeera, Anbar – 3 destroyed
Shirqat, Salahaddin - 2 destroyed


Jul 7



Totals
1 – 32 Destroyed
292
200
Jul 8
Hit, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Alam & Shirqat, Salahaddin – 2 Destroyed


Jul 9



Jul 10



Jul 11
Muqtadiya, Diyala – 1 Destroyed


Jul 12
Rashidiya, Baghdad
12
37
Jul 13
Rashidiya, Baghdad
Albu Alwan & Hit, Anbar – 5 Destroyed
8
23
Jul 14
Hit, Anbar – 5 Destroyed
Qayara, Ninewa – 2 Destroyed


Totals
2 – 18 Destroyed
20
60
Jul 15
Amil, Anbar – 2 destroyed


Jul 16
Haditha, Anbar – 4 destroyed


Jul 17
Khalidiya Island & Hit, Anbar – 4 destroyed


Jul 18
Rutba, Anbar
Rutba, Anbar – 1 Destroyed
3
5
Jul 19
Tarmiya, Baghdad – 1 destroyed


Jul 20



Jul 21



Totals
1 – 12 Destroyed
3
5
Jul 22
Shirqat, Salahaddin – 3 destroyed


Jul 23



Jul 24



Jul 25
Amil, Baghdad
Khalis, Diyala
Haditha & Khalidiya Island, Anbar – 5 destroyed
Horh, Baghdad – 1 Destroyed
17
27
Jul 26
Albu Nimr, Anbar – 1 destroyed


Jul 27
Sheikh Ali, Salahaddin 1 destroyed


Jul 28



Totals
2 – 11 Destroyed
17
27

SOURCES

AIN, "Dismantling a car bomb north Baghdad," 7/25/16

BBC, "Baghdad bomb blast: 'Islamic State behind attack' that kills 20," 7/24/16
BBC, "Iraq car bomb kills 17 in Khalis, in attack claimed by IS," 7/25/16

Al Forat, "Destroying a bomb and killed a number of terrorists in the area of Albu Nimr, Anbar," 7/26/16

Iraqi News, "Forces gun down 14 ISIS at Khalidiya in eastern Ramadi," 7/25/16
- "Mass grave containing 25 skeletal remains found in Fallujah," 7/27/16

Al Jazeera, "Iraq: Homes of 'convicted terrorists' to be destroyed," 7/27/16

Al Maalomah, "11 Daash killed and the destruction of two car bombs by aerial bombardment western Anbar," 7/25/16
- "14 Daash killed and the destruction of three car bomb east of Ramadi in the process of clearing areas," 7/25/16

Al Mada, "Three suicide bombers tried to target the joint forces and displaced people frustrated north of Tikrit," 7/22/16

NINA, "12 Terrorists Killed, A Car Bomb Destroyed Northern Salahuddin," 7/27/16

Salaheddin, Sinan, "Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 14 people," Associated Press, 7/24/16

Sotaliraq, "Injuring five people when a car bomb blew up near Japanese house in the Amil district southwest Baghdad," 7/26/16

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