Monday, October 3, 2016

Security In Iraq, Sep 22-28, 2016


Violence continued its upward trend in September. Each week of the month there have been more incidents. The main focus was in Baghdad where the highest figures ever recorded by Musings On Iraq occurred during the fourth week of the month. On the government side, they were continuing to clear out the Ramadi area, while Shirqat, the last district in Salahaddin under Islamic State control was finally attacked.

Every week this month violence has increased. The first month there were 119 incidents, 125 the second week, 136 the third, and 159 the fourth.

From September 22-28, 2016 there were 326 people killed and 469 wounded. 1 Peshmerga, 3 Sahwa, 12 Hashd, 27 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 283 civilians died, and 7 Sahwa, 25 Hashd, 45 ISF, and 392 civilians were injured. Ninewa had the most deaths with 138, closely followed by 129 in Baghdad.

In Anbar, the Iraqi forces were continuing with their clearing operations around Ramadi. Several towns in Baghdadi and Hit Islands were freed, along with Albu Assaf and the Albu Diab district to the north of Ramadi. Some of those areas have changed hands several times before. The Islamic State responded with 9 counter attacks. An air strike was also blamed for killing two border guards in Rutba. In total 4 deaths were reported and 17 wounded. 

Violence went into overdrive in Baghdad. There were 97 incidents, the most ever recorded by Musings On Iraq since 2014. On September 27 there were 23 incidents alone, again a record for Musings On Iraq. Not all the incidents in the capital province were due to the Islamic State. There are also criminals, vigilantes, and militias operating there. They mostly account for shootings, robberies, kidnappings, and bodies being dumped. IS carried out the vast majority of attacks. During the week that included three suicide bombings that killed a total of 27 people and wounded another 90. The South, 28 incidents, and the north, 25, had the most activity, followed by 21 incidents in the east, 14 in the west, 6 in the center, and one at an unknown location.

IS operations in Diyala have been going up and down lately, but it is still attempting mass casualty bombings there a few times a month. The fourth week of September was one such period when a suicide car bomb went off at a checkpoint in Khalis leaving 10 fatalities and 25 injured. (1) Another car bomb was destroyed on the highway between Diyala and Salahaddin.

The Islamic State was busy attacking the Peshmerga, government forces, and executing people in Ninewa. It struck out at the Iraqi forces in Qayara in the south, and at the Kurds in the north during the week with ten attacks. It also executed 106 people. That was the reason why the province was the deadliest in the country during the week.

After being relatively dormant in Salahaddin for the past few months, there was a burst of insurgent activity from September 22-28. There were a total of 17 incidents including attempts on the provincial police chief and the head of the security committee in the Tikrit district with two suicide car bombs, and a suicide bomber. The Iraqi forces also finally attacked the Shirqat district in the northern section of the province. This was the last area still under IS control. The government also took Zawiya, which has been hotly contested, only to withdraw immediately afterward. Those two operations were in part responsible for the spike in violence during the week.

Finally, there were four car bombs. There was one in Diyala, and three in Salahaddin. Those left 23 dead and 59 wounded. Another 28 were destroyed in Anbar, Bahgdad, Diyala, Ninewa, and Salahaddin.

Violence In Iraq 2016
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
JAN
723
2,418
1,986
FEB
657
1,685
1,724
MAR
681
1,684
2,095
APR
629
1,835
1,904
MAY
673
1,637
2,484
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
Sep 15-21
136
165
305
Sep 22-28
159
326
469

Security By Province Sep 22-28, 2016
Province
Incidents
Anbar
10 Incidents
4 Killed: 2 ISF, 2 Civilians
17 Wounded: 6 ISF, 11 Civilians
7 Shootings
1 Rockets
7 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
2 Incidents
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
1 Wounded: 1 Civilian
1 Grenade
Baghdad
97 Incidents
129 killed: 3 Sahwa, 4 Hashd, 8 ISF, 114 Civilians
357 Wounded: 4 Hashd, 7 Shawa, 23 ISF, 323 Civilians
28 Shootings
41 IEDs
7 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
3 Suicide Bombers
2 Mortars
5 Grenades
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Basra
1 Incident
1 IED
Diyala
12 Incidents
20 Killed: 1 ISF, 19 Civilians
29 Wounded: 1 ISF, 1 Hashd, 27 Civilians
5 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
Kirkuk
2 Incidents
2 Killed: 1 Hashd, 1 Civilian
1 Shooting
Ninewa
18 Incidents
138 Killed: 1 Peshmerga, 5 ISF, 132 Civilians
5 Wounded: 2 Civilians, 3 ISF
7 Shootings
31 IEDs
2 Rockets
6 Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
17 Incidents
32 Killed: 7 Hashd, 11 ISF, 14 Civilians
60 Wounded: 12 ISF, 20 Hashd, 28 Civilians
8 Shootings
17 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
3 Suicide Car Bombs
2 Mortars
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
13 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
Sep 15



Sep 16



Sep 17



Sep 18
Khazir x3, Ninewa
Sadoun St, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
Al Hud, Ninewa – 1 destroyed
6
7
Sep 19



Sep 20
Shirqat x6, Salahaddin
Baghdadi Island, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Shirqat, Salahaddin – 7 destroyed


Sep 21
Shirqat, Salahaddin – 9 destroyed


Totals
9 – 19 Destroyed
6
7
Sep 22
Outside Rutba, Anbar – 3 destroyed
Diyala-Sahaddin Highway, Diyala – 1 destroyed


Sep 23



Sep 24
Salam & Tikrit, Salahaddin
12
23
Sep 25
Camp Bravo, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Houd, Ninewa – 2 destroyed


Sep 26
Khalis, Diyala
Qayara, Ninewa – 1 destroyed
10
25
Sep 27
Karrada, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
Houd, Ninewa – 3 destroyed
Telul Alpag, Salahadin – 7 destroyed


Sep 28
Baiji, Salahaddin
Baiji, Salahaddin – 6 destroyed
1
11
Totals
4 – 28 Destroyed
23
59

FOOTNOTES

1. Face Iraq, "Security agreement between the elders of Diyala, local government and al-Amiri to secure Abu Saida," 9/26/16

SOURCES

Face Iraq, "Security agreement between the elders of Diyala, local government and al-Amiri to secure Abu Saida," 9/26/16

Al Forat, "Frustrated Daesh car bomb south Qayyarah," 9/26/16

Iraqi News, "Battle to liberate Heet Island starts today," 9/28/16
- "Coalition air strike destroyed 3 ISIS car bombs near Mosul," 9/27/16
- "Coalition aircraft hits 2 ISIS car bombs and truck near Mosul," 9/25/16
- "Four villages liberated in Baghdadi Island," 9/22/16
- "Iraqi forces liberate 2 areas in Heet Island, kill 33 ISIS members," 9/28/16
- "Iraqi forces repulse ISIS attack on Tikrit, kill 15 militants," 9/28/16
- " Security forces liberate 5 areas in Albu Ziab Island near Ramadi," 9/28/16

Al Maalomah, "Closed the Karrada district fully to dismantle a car bomb," 9/27/16
- "Security forces control large swaths of the Albu Assaf area north of Ramadi," 9/22/16

Al Mada, "Daesh dominated Zawiya again after the withdrawal of the joint forces," 9/26/16
- "Security forces repeal Daesh attack killing 7 suicide bombers and 15 members north of Tikrit," 9/27/16
- "Tikrit bombing toll rises to 34 dead and wounded and al-Jabouri confirms the aim was to disturb the joy over Sharqat," 9/24/16

NINA, "Urgent..Al-Zwaiya village liberated and raising the Iraqi flag over its buildings," 9/24/16

Rudaw, "Two Iraqi towns in northern Anbar liberated from ISIS," 9/23/16

Shafaq News, "Urgent..repeled second Daesh attack within hours on Iraqi forces in Anbar," 9/25/16

Sotaliraq, “Detonated a bomb driven by a suicide bomber on Diyala and Salahuddin border," 9/22/16
-"Repelled Daesh attack of three car bombs on federal police headquarters," 9/22/16

Xinhua, "Security forces free 2 villages, archaeological site near Iraq's Shirqat," 9/25/16
- "Security forces take full control of Shirqat town in rumorss Salahuddin province," 9/22/16
- "Two provincial security chiefs survive suicide bomb attacks in Iraq's Salahudin, 8 killed," 9/24/16

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