Wednesday, November 2, 2016

5,198 Dead And Wounded In Iraq In Oct 2016


There were over 5,000 casualties reported in Iraq in October 2016. That was the second highest amount of the year. The large number of dead and wounded was largely due to a huge number of executions by the Islamic State as it lost ground during the Mosul campaign.

There were 586 incidents recorded in October 2016. That was roughly in line with the 573 in September and 574 in August. There were likely more attacks in October because when the Mosul campaign opened in the third week of the month only one or two papers were carrying news about security in the rest of the country.

Baghdad still led the country in violence with 258 incidents. After that there were 153 in Ninewa, 50 in Kirkuk, 44 in Diyala, 32 in Anbar, 28 in Salahaddin, 14 in Basra, 3 in Babil, 2 in Kurdistan, 1 in Dohuk, and 1 in Irbil.

Those incidents led to 2,918 dead and 2,280 wounded. Only June with 2,111 fatalities and 6,449 injured due to the Fallujah operation had more casualties this year. The United Nations reported 1,792 dead and 1,358 wounded and Iraq Body Count had 2,300 killed.

There were just 32 incidents in Anbar. That was the lowest monthly total for the year so far. Despite that the casualties were high at 227 dead and 44 wounded. 196 of the fatalities came from the U.N.’s end of month report on casualties in Iraq via the Anbar Health Directorate. No details were provided on the circumstances of their death. The province was relatively quiet until the middle of the month when the Islamic State seized several parts of Rutba. Local officials originally denied that the insurgents held any ground in the town, but the government had to send in forces from the Ain Assad base to retake it.

Baghdad remained the main target for the Islamic State’s terrorist campaign. There were 258 incidents reported for the month, but there were probably far more. When the Mosul operation started only 39 incidents were recorded that week compared to 60 plus every other week. There were 4 car bombs and 7 suicide bombers during the month up from 4 suicide bombers and 2 car bombs in September. The real killers were the 154 IEDs. The northern and southern sections of the province saw the most attacks. That’s largely because IS maintains bases in those regions, mainly in the outer towns like Tarmiya and Arab Jabour.

Basra, especially Basra City is seeing a constant series of incidents. There were 14 total for the month leading to 6 dead and 3 wounded. Some of it appears political and others criminal. There are also regular flare-ups between tribes. This is largely due to security forces being deployed to other parts of the country to fight the Islamic State, and a rise in criminality that’s happening across the country.

Violence went up slightly in Diyala with 44 incidents, 29 fatalities and 25 injured. IS is rebuilding in the province’s rural areas and carrying out regular low level attacks punctuated with occasional mass casualty bombings. During the month there was 1 suicide car bomb, 2 suicide bombers were killed and 3 car bombs dismantled.

The Islamic State launched a major operation in Kirkuk City and Dibis to draw attention away from Mosul. 100 IS fighters arrived early in the morning to the city, and took up strategic locations throughout the city to pen up the police, attack the government complex, and block reinforcements from Kurdistan from arriving. A week after the attack the security forces were still hunting down IS fighters. The attack led to 99 deaths and 263 wounded. Another IS unit took a power station in Dibis and executed 18, including 5 Iranian contractors. The final deadly incident was an Iraqi air force friendly fire incident that hit a wedding in Daquq that killed 20 and left another 45 injured. The U.S. was originally blamed, but that proved false. Those three incidents accounted for almost all of the 229 deaths and 370 wounded recorded for the month.

Kurdistan saw four incidents. In Irbil an Islamic State drone armed with an IED killed 2 Peshmerga and wounded 2 French Special Forces. In Dohuk there were three Turkish air strikes that killed 10 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members and 3 civilians. Those air raids are constants, but casualties are rarely reported.

Ninewa was obviously the leading story in Iraq due to the launch of the Mosul campaign. That prompted a series of mass executions by the Islamic State. Of the 1,914 fatalities during the month, the militants executed 1,636. 1 U.S. sailor, 2 Kurdish Counterterrorism operatives, 27 Hashd, 71 Peshmerga, and 77 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) lost their lives, and 9 Hashd, 250 ISF, and 264 Peshmerga were injured as well. The real numbers were much higher as the government is suppressing losses as it has done since 2014.

Violence has gone up and down in Salahaddin for the last several months. There were 28 incidents there in October, which was a lull. Most of those were shootings, although there were 4 suicide bombers as well. In total 50 people died and 34 were injured.

There were a total of 38 successful car bombs during the week, a large jump from the 17 the month before. That was due to the Mosul campaign where vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) were one of the main forms of defense. 29 were reported in Ninewa, along with 4 in Baghdad, 3 in Kirkuk, and one each in Anbar and Diyala. Another 172 car bombs were said to be destroyed. This might actually be one of the only months when the successful and destroyed car bombs could be under reported because so many were launched around Mosul.

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
137
172
352
Sep 22-28
159
326
469
Sep 29-30
33
167
87
SEP
573
1,203
1,602
Oct 1-7
127
274
331
Oct 8-14
118
175
350
Oct 15-21
131
613
814
Oct 22-28
158
1,165
562
Oct 29-31
49
684
210
OCT
586
2,918
2,280

Security By Province Oct 2016
Province
Incidents
Anbar
32 Incidents
227 Killed: 4 Hashd, 17 ISF, 206 Civilians
44 Wounded: 3 Hashd, 20 ISF, 21 Civilians
11 Shootings
7 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Rockets
1 Grenade
18 Suicide Bombers Killed
7 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
7 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
3 Incidents
2 Wounded: 2 ISF
2 IEDs
Baghdad
258 Incidents
448 Killed: 2 Sahwa, 15 Hashd, 26 ISF, 405 Civilians
1,201 Wounded: 3 Sahwa, 37 Hashd, 50 ISF, 1,111 Civilians
49 Shootings
154 IEDs
19 Sticky Bombs
7 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
3 Car Bombs
3 Grenades
3 Mortars
1 Suicide Bomber Arrested
2 Car Bombs Dismantled
Basra
14 Incidents
6 Killed: 6 Civilians
3 Wounded: 3 Civilians
7 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
1 Grenade
Diyala
44 Incidents
29 Killed: 1 Hashd, 7 ISF, 21 Civilians
25 Wounded: 5 Hashd, 6 ISF, 14 Civilians
20 Shootings
11 IEDs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
7 Mortars
1 Grenade
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
3 Car Bombs Dismantled
Dohuk
1 Incident
4 Killed: 4 PKK
1 Turkish Air Strike
Irbil
1 Incident
2 Killed: 2 Peshmerga
2 Wounded: 2 French Special Forces
1 Drone IED
Kirkuk
50 Incidents
229 Killed: 2 Hashd, 33 Peshmerga, 48 ISF, 146 Civilians
370 Wounded: 2 Hashd, 17 Peshmerga, 22 ISF, 329 Civilians
20 Shootings
11 IEDs
8 Suicide Bombers
3 Car Bombs
2 Rockets
3 Mortars
13 Suicide Bombers Killed
KRG
2 Incidents
9 Killed: 3 Civilians, 6 PKK
2 Turkish Air Strike
Ninewa
153 Incidents
1,914 Killed: 1 US Sailor, 2 Kurd CT, 27 Hashd, 71 Peshmerga, 77 ISF, 1,736 Civilians
599 Wounded: 9 Hashd, 76 Civilians, 250 ISF, 264 Peshmerga
42 Shootings
18 IEDs
14 Suicide Bombers
22 Suicide Car Bombs
7 Car Bombs
8 Mortars
5 Rockets
1 Turkish Artillery
6 Motorcycle Bombs Destroyed
36 Suicide Bombers Killed
15 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
138 Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
28 Incidents
50 Killed: 5 Hashd, 10 ISF, 35 Civilians
34 Wounded: 2 Peshmerga, 12 ISF, 20 Civilians
20 Shootings
5 IEDs
4 Suicide Bombers
1 Rockets

Car Bombs In Iraq Oct, 2016
Date
Car Bombs
Dead
Wounded
Oct 1



Oct 2



Oct 3
Qayara, Ninewa – 6 destroyed


Oct 4



Oct 5
Hit, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Khalis, Diyala – 1 destroyed


Oct 6



Oct 7



Totals
0 – 11 Destroyed
-
-
Oct 8
Arab Jabour, Baghdad
Baaj, Salahaddin – 3 destroyed
1
4
Oct 9
Azim, Diyala
9
11
Oct 10



Oct 11
Ana, Anbar – 2 destroyed


Oct 12



Oct 13



Oct 14



Totals
2 – 5 Destroyed
10
15
Oct 15
Haditha, Anbar – 2 destroyed


Oct 16
Hadar, Ninewa – 2 destroyed


Oct 17
Yusifiya, Baghdad
Khazir, Ninewa – 1 destroyed
10
17
Oct 18
Abasi, Kani Hamran, Nasir, Ninewa
Baydha, Jouna, Ninewa – 11 destroyed
1
1
Oct 19
Rutba, Anbar
Bashmana x2, Ninewa
West Anbar – 2 destroyed
Banjawiya, Haj Ali, Muhandis, Sawiya, Sinjar, Ninewa – 14 destroyed
6
6
Oct 20
Bartella x3, Batnay, Pir Hallem x12, Tal Skurf x3, Tiz Khirab, Ninewa
Bartella, Mosul Dam, Tiz Khirab, Ninewa – 14 destroyed
10
65
Oct 21
Kirkuk x3, Kirkuk
Nawran, Ninewa
Haditha, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Habibiya, Baghdad – 1 dismantled
Nanaah, Ninewa – 4 destroyed


Totals
31 – 52 Destroyed
27
89
Oct 22
Qaraqosh, Tal Kief, Ninewa – 16 destroyed


Oct 23
Rutba, Anbar – 3 destroyed
Hurriya, Baghdad – 1 dismantled
Bashiqa, Qaraqosh, Shura, Ninewa – 18 destroyed


Oct 24
Sinjar x3, Ninewa
Batnaya, Sinjar, ?, Ninewa – 10 destroyed
2

Oct 25
Hamrin, Diyala – 2 destroyed


Oct 26



Oct 27
Qaraqosh, Ninewa – 3 destroyed


Oct 28
?, Shura, Ninewa – 15 destroyed


Totals
3 – 68 Destroyed
2
-
Oct 29
Shura, Ninewa – 20 destroyed


Oct 30
Hurriya, Baghdad
10
30
Oct 31
Shula, Baghdad
Aslih, Bazwaya, Um Sijan, Tal Kief, Ninewa – 16 destroyed
4
17
Totals
2 – 36 Destroyed
14
47
TOTALS
38 – 172 Destroyed
53
151

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