Saturday, February 11, 2017

Violence In Iraq, Feb. 1-7, 2017


Ninewa and Baghdad were the two main drivers of violence during the first week of February 2017. Those two had the most incidents. There were a total of 123 reported in Iraq with 50 in Ninewa, 31 in Baghdad, 17 in Diyala, 9 in Anbar, 7 in Salahaddin, 4 in Kirkuk, 2 each in Babil and Basra, and 1 in Irbil.

Those led to 388 dead and 176 wounded. The former consisted of 1 Iranian Revolutionary Guards adviser, 1 Peshmerga, 2 Hashd, 21 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 363 civilians, with another 15 Hashd, 39 ISF, and 122 civilians injured.

By province 183 died in Ninewa, 150 in Babil, 22 in Baghdad, 11 each in Diyala and Kirkuk, 8 in Anbar, 2 in Salahaddin, and 1 in Irbil.

Anbar is one of the provinces in which the Islamic State is increasing its activities. During the week there were 9 incidents. The biggest was a car bomb at a checkpoint. Three others were destroyed along with 2 suicide bombers. Most of the violence was in the western section of the governorate.

In Babil a mass grave was discovered in Mahawil with 150 bodies in it. These were likely victims of the insurgents from when they controlled sections of the province a few years ago.

Baghdad is another area where IS has picked up its attacks in the last month. There were a total of 31 incidents. 22 people were killed and 75 wounded as a result. As usual the main form of attack were 20 IEDs. A car bomb was discovered and dismantled as well. As usual, most of the incidents occurred in the south, 13, and north, 9, with another 7 in the west, 7 in the east, and 1 in the center.

Diyala was the third province where there have been more attacks. There were 17 during the week, the third highest in the country. As usual this was a mix of low-level shootings and IEDs along with mass casualty bombings. On one day three car bombs went off in two incidents killing 3 and wounding 8.

As usual most of the violence in Kirkuk were executions. 11 people died during the week, the Islamic State in Hawija killed 5 of those for spying. Another 5 bodies were found in two other incidents.

East Mosul was liberated at the end of January, but the Islamic State has launched a steady stream of attacks there and against the Hashd in the west. Everyday there is shelling and drone strikes on the liberated parts of Mosul taking a heavy toll on civilians. IS is also still making fruitless attacks in the open plains of Ninewa against the Hashd. Of the 183 killed and 58 wounded, 1 was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard adviser killed in the Tal Afar district, the Islamic State executed 32, Coalition air strikes were blamed for 42 deaths and 24 injured, and the remaining 108 fatalities and 34 wounded were all due to insurgent operations against east Mosul.

Salahaddin’s governor has been complaining about the deterioration of security in the province. He called on Baghdad to intervene. At the start of February however insurgent activity was at a low level with an average of just incident per day. Most of these attacks are occurring in the eastern sections of the governorate where IS still holds bases. A number of power towers were also blown up and knocked down north of Samarra in the center.

Violence In Iraq By Month 2016-2017
Month
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan
723
2,418
1,986
Feb
657
1,685
1,724
Mar
683
1,685
2,095
1st Qtr Daily
Avg/91
22.6
63.6
63.7
Apr
630
1,840
1,904
May
675
1,644
2,484
Jun
631
2,111
6,455
2nd Qtr Daily
Avg/91
21.2
61.4
119.1
Jul
531
1,329
1,708
Aug
574
1,263
1,376
Sep
573
1,203
1,602
3rd Qtr Daily
Avg/92
18.2
41.2
50.9
Oct
589
2,965
2,376
Nov
599
4,389
3,972
Dec
583
1,559
11,681
4th Qtr Daily
Avg/92
19.2
96.8
195.6
Jan 1-7
188
509
1,346
Jan 8-14
168
363
1,044
Jan 15-21
137
583
1,264
Jan 22-28
145
289
310
Jan 29-31
74
127
134
JAN
712
1,871
4,098
Feb 1-7
123
388
176

Province
Violence
Anbar
9 Incidents
8 Killed: 4 ISF, 4 Civilians
8 Wounded: 1 Civilian, 7 ISF
3 Shootings
1 Car Bomb
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
2 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
3 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
2 Incidents
150 Killed: 150 Civilians
8 Wounded: 8 Hashd
1 IED
Baghdad
31 Incidents
22 Killed: 2 ISF, 20 Civilians
75 Wounded: 1 Hashd, 8 ISF, 66 Civilians
5 Shootings
20 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Basra
2 Incidents
1 IED
1 Sound Bomb
Diyala
17 Incidents
11 Killed: 1 Hashd, 5 ISF, 5 Civilians
16 Wounded: 2 Civilians, 3 Hashd, 11 ISF
6 Shootings
10 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
3 Car Bombs
Irbil
1 Incident
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
1 Shooting
Kirkuk
4 Incidents
11 Killed: 1 Peshmerga, 10 Civilians
1 Shooting
Ninewa
50 Incidents
183 Killed: 1 IRGC, 9 ISF, 173 Civilians
58 Wounded: 8 ISF, 50 Civilians
12 Shootings
3 Car Bombs
12 Mortars
7 Rockets
5 Drone Strikes
2 Suicide Bombers Arrested/Killed
13 Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
7 Incidents
2 Killed: 1 ISF, 1 Hashd
11 Wounded: 3 Civilians, 3 Hashd, 5 ISF
4 Shootings
3 IEDs

SOURCES

Adel, Loaa, "Airstrike destroys booby-trapped vehicle west of Karbala," Iraqi News, 2/1/17
- "Iraqi army kills 16 IS militants, destroys 2 car bombs near Anbar," Iraqi News, 2/5/17
- "IS attacks security forces, kills and wounds 4 army members," Iraqi News, 2/7/17
- "Islamic State executes 5 civilians on charges of spying in Hawija," Iraqi News, 2/1/17
- "US-led coalition airstrike destroys car bomb, kills suicide bomber near Anbar," 2/7/17

Buratha News, "Army thwarted suicide attack targeting army checkpoint on the Baiji-Haditha road in Anbar," 2/5/17
- "Found the body of a young man and woman in Kirkuk," 2/4/17

Face Iraq, "Pulled nearly 150 bodies from a drainage ditch in Mahaweel area North Babylon," 2/5/17

Mostafa, Mohamed, "Security deaths in Anbar car blast, IS kidnap 60 whistle-blowers," Iraqi News, 2/7/17

Prensa Latina, "Three Soldiers Killed in Attacks in Western Iraq," 2/5/17

Al Sumaria, "Found three decomposed bodies southeast Kirkuk," 2/7/17

Xinhua, “Iraqi governor warns of security setback in Salahudin,” 2/7/17

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