Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Incidents and Casualties All Down In Iraq Dec 2017


Security incidents and casualties continued their steady decline at the very end of 2017. This was due to two factors. First, attacks are always down in Iraq in the winter. Second, the Islamic State is completely rebuilding its cadres, so it is not launching as many operations.

There were 261 incidents recorded for December 2017 in Iraq. That was down from 296 in November, and the lowest figure for the entire year.

Broken down by province there were 2 incidents in Irbil, 2 in Sulaymaniya, 3 in Dohuk, 5 in Basra, 6 in Kurdistan, 12 in Babil, 14 in Anbar, 20 in Salahaddin, 42 in Diyala, 42 in Kirkuk, 46 in Ninewa, and 67 in Baghdad.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Dec 2017
Irbil 2
Sulaymaniya 2
Dohuk 3
Basra 5
Kurdistan 6
Babil 12
Anbar 14
Salahaddin 20
Diyala 42
Kirkuk 42
Ninewa 46
Baghdad 67

Violence resulted in 763 deaths and 300 wounded. The former consisted of 2 Sahwa, 3 Peshmerga, 17 Turkish Soldiers, 40 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), 74 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 586 civilians. 482 of those were found in mass graves in Ninewa, leaving 281 fatalities from attacks during the month. The injured were made up of 1 Peshmerga, 1 Sahwa, 11 Turkish soldiers, 18 ISF, 48 Hashd, and 221 civilians. 3 of those occurred in Sulaymaniya, 5 in Basra, 6 in Irbil, 18 in Babil, 21 in Dohuk, 35 in Diyala, 43 in Kurdistan, 52 in Anbar, 61 in Kirkuk, 104 in Salahaddin, 152 in Baghdad, and 563 in Ninewa.

Casualties In Iraq By Province Dec 2017
Sulaymaniya 3 (1 Killed, 2 Wounded)
Basra 5 (2 Killed, 3 Wounded)
Irbil 6 (6 Killed
Babil 18 (8 Killed, 10 Wounded)
Dohuk 21 (12 Killed, 9 Wounded)
Diyala 35 (20 Killed, 15 Wounded)
Kurdistan 43 (40 Killed, 3 Wounded)
Anbar 52 (40 Killed, 12 Wounded)
Kirkuk 61 (44 Killed, 17 Wounded)
Salahaddin 104 (24 Killed, 80 Wounded)
Baghdad 152 (30 Killed, 122 Wounded)
Ninewa 563 (536 Killed, 27 Wounded)

There were only 14 incidents in Anbar leading to 40 deaths and 12 wounded. Most of those happened in the west where the last towns under IS control were recently liberated, but insurgent elements were still active.

Violence in Babil remained miniscule with less than 0.5 incidents per day. It did increase in the second half of the year however. More importantly, almost all the attacks occurred in the Jurf al-Sakhr district in the northeast. IS elements are said to be infiltrating from Anbar into Babil to carry out operations there, mostly targeting the Hashd. During December, there were 12 incidents in the province.

Baghdad is now seeing the safest conditions since the 2003 invasion. In December, there were 67 incidents for an average of just 2.1 per day. There weren’t even any mass casualty bombings although a suicide bomber was arrested.

Diyala officials constantly complain about IS elements moving around in the governorate especially in the rural areas and along the Salahaddin border. There were relatively few attacks however with 42 during December. There were a few shootouts with the security forces, and 6 suicide bombers were killed, but there has not been a lot of violence in Diyala since the summer.

Since Prime Minister Haidar Abadi sent in federal forces to take control of Kirkuk from the Kurds there has been an increase in incidents. There were 42 in December, which were a mix of IS attacks and political violence. Instances of the latter were the Counter Terrorism Forces, which have stayed in the governorate to provide security, the Turkmen Front, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and the Badr Organization were all targeted during the month. If that continues there could be growing instability in the province.

The PKK has decided to strike back at Turkey for its weekly bombings and artillery strikes. 40 PKK fighters were killed in such acts. In retaliation, the PKK attacked the Turks in three different incidents leaving 17 Turkish soldiers dead and 11 wounded.

Incidents were down in Ninewa from 72 in November to 46 in December. Most of those occurred in three main places. One, IS is probing the Hashd along the Syrian border. Second, towns south of Mosul, and third, inside Mosul itself. Security in the province is handled by a variety of different forces that do not cooperate, which has opened plenty of room for insurgents to operate in.

Salahaddin is another major province where IS is rebuilding. Like the rest of the country, its activities were way down in the winter. There were only 20 incidents recorded, but some of those were direct attacks upon the security forces.

Security In Iraq 2017
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
188
509
1,346
Jan 8-14
168
371
1,036
Jan 15-21
137
585
1,262
Jan 22-28
145
289
310
Jan 29-31
74
127
338
JAN
712
1,881
4,292
Feb 1-7
123
388
176
Feb 8-14
164
434
390
Feb 15-21
148
393
508
Feb 22-28
185
647 + 399
1,390 + 1,634
FEB
620
1,862 + 399
2,464 + 1,634
Mar 1-7
179
749
622
Mar 8-14
171
551
614
Mar 15-21
143
571
1,166
Mar 22-28
152
1,233
575
Mar 29-31
71
374 + 278
288 + 2,925
MAR
716
3,478 + 278
3,265 + 2,925
Apr 1-7
174
903
487
Apr 8-14
126
599
669
Apr 15-21
108
479
449
Apr 22-28
122
698
328
Apr 29-30
39
138
51
APR
569
2,817
1,984
May 1-7
106
405
468
May 8-14
109
601
386
May 15-21
132
363
224
May 22-28
106
433
150
May 29-31
69
214
236
MAY
522
2,016
1,464
Jun 1-7
136
1,403
487
Jun 8-14
127
658
174
Jun 15-21
114
480
101
Jun 22-28
119
340
246
Jun 29-30
37
349
127
JUN
533
3,230
1,135
JAN-JUN
3,669
15,262 +
677
14,497 +
4,559
Jul 1-7
141
798
331
Jul 8-14
105
298
86
Jul 15-21
87
124
72
Jul 22-28
107
189
122
Jul 29-31
37
50
25
JUL
477
1,459
636
Aug 1-7
80
143
188
Aug 8-14
88
955
124
Aug 15-21
73
97
100
Aug 22-28
85
674
132
Aug 29-31
31
30
40
AUG
357
1,958
1,261
Sep 1-7
62
68
73
Sep 8-14
78
412
176
Sep 15-21
91
145
180
Sep 22-28
52
78
104
Sep 29-30
23
25
16
SEP
306
728
549
Oct 1-7
64
64
84
Oct 8-14
72
133
85
Oct 15-21
60
321
449
Oct 22-28
65
372
222 + 1,700
Oct 29-31
25
23
25
OCT
286
913
865 + 1,700
Nov 1-7
72
135
97
Nov 8-14
62
445
64
Nov 15-21
79
138
159
Nov 22-28
59
149
76
Nov 29-30
24
415
29
NOV
296
1,282
425
Dec 1-7
59
252
61
Dec 8-14
56
135
115
Dec 15-21
49
144
27
Dec 22-28
61
93
41
Dec 29-31
36
139
56
DEC
261
763
300

Weekly Violence By Province In Iraq, Dec 2017

Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Anbar
2 Incidents
26 Killed
1 ISF
25 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
6 Incidents
9 Killed
2 ISF
3 Hashd
4 Civilians
9 Wounded
2 ISF
7 Civilians

2 Shootings
4 IEDs
4 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Civilians
3 Wounded
3 ISF

2 Shootings
1 Rocket
1 Incident

1 Car Bomb
   Dismantled
1 Incident

5 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Babil
2 Incidents
2 Wounded
2 Hashd

1 IED
1 Grenade
3 Incidents
4 Killed
4 Civilians
6 Wounded
3 Hashd
3 Civilians

2 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Incident

1 IED
   Dismantled
4 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

2 Shootings
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

2 Shootings


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Baghdad
20 Incidents
8 Killed
1 Hashd
1 Sahwa
6 Civilians
43 Wounded
1 ISF
3 Hashd
39 Civilians

2 Shootings
14 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Arrested
13 Incidents
6 Killed
1 ISF
5 Civilians
36 Wounded
36 Civilians

3 Shootings
8 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
10 Incidents
4 Killed
1 Hashd
3 Civilians
14 Wounded
3 Hashd
11 Civilians

3 Shootings
5 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
18 Incidents
11 Killed
1 Sahwa
5 ISF
5 Civilians
21 Wounded
1 Sahwa
3 Hashd
17 Civilians

6 Shootings
8 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Sound Bomb
6 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
8 Wounded
2 Hashd
6 Civilians

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Sound Bomb


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Basra
1 Incident

1 IED
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
-
1 Incident

2 Sound Bombs
1 Incident
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

1 Shooting


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Diyala
11 Incidents
4 Killed
1 ISF
1 Civilian
2 Peshmerga
4 Wounded
1 ISF
3 Civilians

4 Shootings
1 IED
1 Grenade
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
8 Incidents
2 Killed
1 ISF
1 Civilian
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

3 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Mortar
9 Incidents
8 Killed
2 Civilians
3 ISF
3 Hashd
5 Wounded
1 Peshmerga
4 Civilians

4 Shootings
2 IEDs
9 Incidents
4 Killed
2 ISF
2 Civilians
4 Wounded
4 Civilians

5 Shootings
1 IED
1 Mortar
5 Incidents
2 Killed
2 ISF

3 Shootings
4 Suicide
    Bombers
    Killed
1 Car Bomb
    Dismantled








Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Dohuk
-
-
1 Incident
1 Wounded
1 Turkish
   Soldier

1 IED
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

1 Turkish Air
   Strike
1 Incident
11 Killed
11 Turkish
   Soldiers
7 Wounded
7 Turkish
   Soldiers

1 Shooting


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Irbil
-
2 Incidents
6 Killed
6 Turkish
   Soldiers

2 Shootings
-
-
-


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Kirkuk
10 Incidents
10 Killed
1 ISF
9 Civilians

5 Shootings
1 IED
1 Grenade
5 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
4 Wounded
4 Civilians

3 Shootings
1 Mortar
1 Rocket
5 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
8 Incidents
3 Killed
1 ISF
2 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 ISF

2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Mortar
1 Grenade
3 Rockets
12 Incidents
28 Killed
7 Hashd
9 ISF
12 Civilians
7 Wounded
2 ISF
5 Hashd

7 Shootings
4 IEDs
7 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
5 Wounded
5 Civilians

2 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Sound Bomb
1 Rocket


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
KRG
-
1 Incident
29 Killed
29 PKK

1 Turkish Air
   Strike
-
4 Incidents
7 Killed
7 PKK

4 Turkish Air
   Strikes
1 Incident
4 Killed
4 PKK
3 Wounded
3 Turkish
   Soldiers

1 Shooting
1 Mortar
1 Turkish Air
   Strike


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Ninewa
9 Incidents
203 Killed
1 ISF
202 Civilians
10 Wounded
1 ISF
9 Civilians

1 Shooting
3 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
1 Suicide Car
   Bomb
   Destroyed
11 Incidents
74 Killed
7 ISF
13 Hashd
54 Civilians
12 Wounded
4 ISF
8 Civilians

5 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Grenade
13 Incidents
118 Killed
1 Peshmerga
6 ISF
111 Civilians
2 Wounded
1 Civilian
1 ISF

7 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Killed
6 Incidents
33 Killed
3 Hashd
4 ISF
26 Civilians

5 Shootings
7 Incidents
108 Killed
1 Hashd
26 ISF
81 Civilians
3 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 ISF

4 Shootings
1 IED


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Salahaddin
3 Incidents

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Mortar
7 Incidents
8 Killed
2 Hashd
6 Civilians
46 Wounded
8 Hashd
38 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Car Bomb
2 Mortars
1 Incident
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

1 Mortar
5 Incidents
7 Killed
1 ISF
6 Hashd
7 Wounded
2 Civilians
5 Hashd

2 Shootings
1 IED
3 Mortars
4 Incidents
9 Killed
1 Hashd
8 Civilians
26 Wounded
12 Civilians
14 Hashd

2 Shootings
1 Mortar
1 Suicide
   Car Bomb
   Destroyed


Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Dec 22-28
Dec 29-31
Wasit
-
1 Incident

1 IED
   Dismantled
-
-
-

Violence By Province December 2017
Province
Violence
Anbar
14 Incidents
40 Killed
3 ISF
3 Hashd
34 Civilians
12 Wounded
5 ISF
7 Civilians

5 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Rocket
5 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Babil
12 Incidents
8 Killed
8 Civilians
10 Wounded
5 Civilians
5 Hashd

4 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Grenade
Baghdad
67 Incidents
30 Killed
2 Hashd
2 Sahwa
6 ISF
20 Civilians
122 Wounded
1 ISF
1 Sahwa
11 Hashd
109 Civilians

15 Shootings
37 IEDs
6 Sticky Bombs
2 Sound Bombs
1 Suicide Bomber Arrested
Basra
5 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Sound Bombs
Diyala
42 Incidents
20 Killed
2 Peshmerga
3 Hashd
6 Civilians
9 ISF
15 Wounded
1 ISF
1 Peshmerga
13 Civilians

19 Shootings
8 IEDs
1 Grenade
2 Mortars
6 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Dohuk
3 Incidents
12 Killed
1 Civilian
11 Turkish Soldiers
9 Wounded
1 Civilian
8 Turkish Soldiers

1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Turkish Air Strike
Irbil
2 Incidents
6 Killed
6 Turkish Soldiers

2 Shootings
Kirkuk
42 Incidents
44 Killed
7 Hashd
11 ISF
26 Civilians
17 Wounded
3 ISF
5 Hashd
9 Civilians

19 Shootings
11 IEDs
1 Sound Bomb
2 Grenades
2 Mortars
5 Rockets
5 Suicide Bombers Killed
Kurdistan
6 Incidents
40 Killed
40 PKK
3 Wounded
3 Turkish Soldiers

1 Shooting
1 Mortar
6 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
46 Incidents
536 Killed
1 Peshmerga
17 Hashd
44 ISF
474 Civilians
27 Wounded
8 ISF
19 Civilians

22 Shootings
10 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Car Bomb
1 Grenade
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
Ninewa
72 Incidents
530 Killed
12 Hashd
21 ISF
497 Civilians
38 Wounded
3 Hashd
11 ISF
24 Civilians

34 Shootings
24 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
2 Mortars
1 Suicide Bomber Arrested
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
3 Car Bombs Dismantled
Salahaddin
20 Incidents
24 Killed
1 ISF
9 Hashd
14 Civilians
80 Wounded
27 Hashd
53 Civilians

7 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Car Bomb
8 Mortars
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed

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