Monday, September 19, 2016

Security In Iraq, Sep 8-14, 2016


There was a continued ebb and flow in violence in Iraq. In the middle of August 2016 there was a surge in incidents, but that has subsided in September. Casualties have also widely fluctuated.

From September 8-14, 2016 there were 125 incidents. That was roughly the same as the 119 recorded the week before, and the 134 incidents from August 22-28. Incidents regularly go up and down in Iraq for a number of reasons. Sometimes the Islamic State is fighting back against government offensives. Sometimes it picks up its terrorist campaign in Baghdad or its executions in Kirkuk and Salahaddin. Overall, violence has been going down this year.

Casualties dropped considerably from the first to second week of the month. In the first week there were 722 dead and wounded. That went down to 197 killed and 313 injured the second week. 3 Peshmerga, 4 Sahwa, 5 Hashd, 9 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 176 civilians lost their lives. 4 Sahwa, 10 ISF, 11 Hashd, 12 Peshmerga, and 274 civilians were injured. As usual Baghdad was the deadliest province with 121 killed, followed by 37 in Kirkuk, 13 in Anbar, 11 in Diyala, 8 in Salahaddin, 6 in Anbar, and 1in Basra. Casualties are chronically under reported in Iraq. The government does not release figures for major battles and many attacks outside of Baghdad do not get into the media.

The 13 attacks reported in Anbar were spread across the province. Haditha and Rutba in the west and Thar Thar in the west were assaulted five times. There were also attacks in the Ramadi and Fallujah areas. Some of those were well planned, but failed operations against police stations and army bases. Since the government is suppressing its losses only 6 deaths and 2 injured were recorded during the week.

As the Islamic State attempts to regroup from its territorial losses it has increased its terrorist campaign in Baghdad to show that it is still active and to undermine the government. There are also vigilantes, criminals, and militias active in the province as well. From September 8-14 there were 66 incidents in the capital leading to 121 dead and 272 wounded. Most of that violence occurred in the south with 24 incidents, along with 15 in the east, 14 in the north, 12 in the west, and 1 in the center. At the end of August the government carried out sweeps through Arab Jabour, a rural town in the south and Tarmiya in the outer north. That had little affect, as there was a grenade attack, and three IEDs in those two locations the second week of September. The deadliest attack overall in the province was a suicide bombing followed by a car bomb at a mall in the east that left 40 dead and 60 injured. 2 other suicide bombers were killed before reaching their targets.

Violence In Baghdad, Sep 8-14, 2016
Center: 1 – 1 Suicide Bomber Killed
East: 14 – 1 Suicide Bomber, 1 Suicide Car Bomb, 1 Grenade, 1 Shooting/Robbery, 1 Sticky Bomb,
2 Robberies, 2 IEDs, 6 Shootings
Outer East: 1 – 1 IED
North: 2 – 1 Sticky Bomb, 1 IED
Outer North: 12 – 1 Suicide Bomber killed, 1 Kidnapping, 2 Shootings, 8 IEDs
South: 11 – 1 Sticky Bomb, 1 Grenade, 2 Kidnappings, 3 IEDs, 4 Shootings
Outer South: 13 – 1 Grenade, 1 Robbery, 2 Shootings, 9 IEDs
West: 6 – 1 Shooting/Kidnapping, 1 Shooting/Robbery, 1 Sound Bomb, 3 IEDs
Outer West: 6 – 1 Kidnapping, 1 Robbery, 4 IEDs

Diyala was averaging nearly two incidents per day from May to July, but that suddenly dropped off in August. During the second week of September IS picked up its operations again with 13 total incidents. That included a suicide car bomb that was destroyed and a suicide bomber that was arrested, both in Khalis. The rest were the regularly mix of IEDs and shootings. Those led to 11 dead and 11 wounded.

Almost all of the casualties recorded in Kirkuk during the week were displaced people trying to escape the Islamic State. 29 people were killed and 16 wounded by IEDs as they attempted to flee the control of the insurgents. Another 8 bodies were found and 2 Peshmerga were wounded while on patrol by a bomb.

There was a mix of attacks, executions, and a deadly Coalition air strike in Ninewa. An air raid in the Tal Afar district was blamed for the death of two civilians and five injured. In Mosul, IS executed 12 people. The insurgents also attacked both the ISF and Peshmerga.

Ever since IS seized Ramadi in the middle of 2015 attacks have declined in Salahaddin. Only four incidents were recorded from September 8-14, the fewest in years.

Car Bombs have been at a low level since the end of the Islamic State’s spring offensive. There was only one successful bombing during the week, which occurred in Baghdad. 21 more were reported destroyed with 1 in Diyala, 2 in Anbar, 2 in Salahaddin, and 16 in Ninewa.

Violence In Iraq 2016
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
179
866
476
Jan 8-14
168
560
480
Jan 15-21
166
400
335
Jan 22-28
154
457
361
Jan 29-31
56
135
334
JAN
723
2,418
1,986
Feb 1-7
184
626
355
Feb 8-14
150
259
375
Feb 15-21
162
400
293
Feb 22-29
161
400
701
FEB
657
1,685
1,724
Mar 1-7
185
351
484
Mar 8-14
169
477
517
Mar 15-21
133
419
510
Mar 22-28
141
245
432
Mar 29-31
53
192
152
MAR
681
1,684
2,095
Apr 1-7
157
398
508
Apr 8-14
146
361
443
Apr 15-21
130
531
300
Apr 22-28
165
480
532
Apr 29-30
31
65
121
APR
629
1,835
1,904
May 1-7
164
386
422
May 8-14
147
407
687
May 15-21
127
387
617
May 22-28
150
315
445
May 29-31
85
142
313
MAY
673
1,637
2,484
Jun 1-7
177
592
1,639
Jun 8-14
136
345
472
Jun 15-21
154
416
523
Jun 22-28
123
329
410
Jun 29-30
40
429
3,405
JUN
630
2,111
6,449
Jul 1-7
120
589
635
Jul 8-14
129
242
316
Jul 15-21
123
168
272
Jul 22-28
115
234
366
Jul 29-31
43
95
119
JUL
530
1,328
1,708
Aug 1-7
109
342
255
Aug 8-14
121
176
245
Aug 15-21
155
388
392
Aug 22-28
134
269
312
Aug 29-31
55
88
172
AUG
574
1,263
1,376
Sep 1-7
119
341
381
Sep 8-14
125
197
313

Security By Province Sep 8-14, 2016
Province
Incidents
Anbar
13 Incidents
6 Killed: 1 Civilian, 5 ISF
2 Wounded: 2 ISF
11 Shootings
1 IED
1 Rockets
15 Suicide Bombers Killed
2 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
5 Incidents
2 Wounded: 2 ISF
3 IEDs
Baghdad
66 Incidents
121 Killed: 2 Hashd, 4 ISF, 4 Sahwa, 111 Civilians
272 Wounded: 4 Sahwa, 6 ISF, 11 Hashd, 251 Civilians
17 Shootings
31 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
3 Grenades
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Suicide Car Bomb
2 Suicide Bombers
Basra
3 Incidents
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
1 Shooting
2 IEDs
Diyala
13 Incidents
11 Killed: 3 Hashd, 8 Civilians
11 Wounded: 7 Peshmerga, 4 Civilians
1 Shooting
11 IEDs
1 Sound Bomb
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber Arrested
1 Suicide Car Bomb
Kirkuk
9 Incidents
37 Killed: 37 Civilians
18 Wounded: 2 Peshmerga, 16 Civilians
9 IEDs
Ninewa
12 Incidents
13 Killed: 3 Peshmerga, 10 Civilians
6 Wounded: 3 Peshmerga, 3 Civilians
5 Shootings
9 IEDs
3 Mortars
7 Suicide Bombers Killed
16 Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
4 Incidents
8 Killed: 8 Civilians
1 Shooting
1 IED
2 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed

Car Bombs In Iraq Sep 2016
Date
Car Bombs
Dead
Wounded
Sep 1



Sep 2



Sep 3
Shah Siwan, Salahaddin
7
8
Sep 4



Sep 5
Karrada, Baghdad
12
37
Sep 6



Sep 7



Totals
2 – 0 Destroyed
19
45
Sep 8



Sep 9
Palestine St, Baghdad
40
60
Sep 10



Sep 11



Sep 12
Mosul-Baghdad Road & Zaizaa, Ninewa – 9 destroyed


Sep 13
West & Thar Thar, Anbar – 2 destroyed
Khalis, Diyala – 1 destroyed
Houd, Ninewa – 7 destroyed


Sep 14
Shirqat & Telul Alpag, Ninewa – 2 destroyed


Totals
1 – 21 Destroyed
40
60

SOURCES

Buratha News, "The destruction of more than seven car bombs in repelling Daesh attack on Qayyarah south of Mosul," 9/12/16
- "Security forces destroyed Daesh explosives in security operation in southern Baghdad," 8/28/16

Al Forat, "Defense announces securing Tarmiya in Baghdad's northern belt," 8/29/16
- "Frustrated Daesh attack with two car bombs and found tunnels north Salahuddin," 9/14/16

Iraqi News, "ISIS launches offensive near Mosul, 100 members killed," 9/12/16
- "Nineveh Operations repulses ISIS 'invasion of Death' near Mosul," 9/13/16

Al Maalomah, "The arrest of a suicide bomber in the center of Khalis Diyala," 9/11/16

Al Mada, "Federal Police repel Daesh attack western Anbar," 9/13/16

NINA, "A number of terrorists killed during repulsing two attacks in Anbar," 9/13/16
- "Two attacks to Daesh foiled in northern Salah al-Din," 9/14/16

Pickard, Eric Scott, "Baghdad Mall Bombing In Iraq Kills At Least 40," Inquisitor, 9/11/16

Shafaq News, "Army repels a strong Daesh attack in Tal Afar area and kill 22, including suicide bombers," 9/12/16

Alsumaria, "A suicide car bomber killed near Baquba," 9/13/16

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