Friday, February 2, 2018

Violence Up In Iraq, Jan 2018


Violence increased in Iraq from December 2017 to January 2018. That was due to an uptick in incidents in Baghdad, Diyala and Salahaddin. There were also more suicide bombers and car bombs.

The number of incidents recorded in Iraq went from 261 in December to 298 in January. That was because incidents went from 42 to 56 in Diyala, 20 to 32 in Salahaddin, and 67 to 104 in Baghdad. There were slight decreases in Anbar, 14 to 12, Babil 12 to 10, Kirkuk, 42 to 34, and Ninewa, 46 to 34.


In another sign that violence was up there were 6 successful car bombs along with 7 suicide bombers. That compared with just 2 vehicle bombs and 2 suicide bombers in December. Baghdad was hit with two successive weeks of suicide bombers that left a total of 46 killed and 115 wounded.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Dec 2017-Jan 2018
Province
Dec 2017
Jan 2018
Anbar
14
12
Babil
12
10
Baghdad
67
104
Basra
5
9
Diyala
42
56
Dohuk
3
1
Irbil
2
-
Karbala
-
1
Kirkuk
42
34
KRG
6
-
Ninewa
46
35
Salahaddin
20
32
Sulaymaniya
2
4

Casualties In Iraq By Province Dec 2017-Jan 2018
Province
Dec 2017
Jan 2018
Anbar
52 (40 K, 34 W)
33 (12 K, 21 W)
Babil
18 (8 K, 10 W)
19 (7 K, 12 W)
Baghdad
152 (30 K, 122 W)
370 (110 K, 260 W)
Basra
5 (2 K, 3 W)
5 (3 K, 2 W)
Diyala
35 (20 K, 15 W)
57 (34 K, 23)
Dohuk
21 (12 K, 9 W)
1 (1 K)
Irbil
6 (6 K)
-
Kirkuk
61 (44 K, 17 W)
118 (92 K, 26 W)
KRG
43 (40 K, 3 W)
-
Ninewa
563 (536 K, 27 W)
174 (170 K, 4 W)
Salahaddin
104 (24 K, 80 W)
32 (8 K, 24 W)
Sulaymaniya
3 (1 K, 2 W)
5 (2 K, 3 W)

Despite the number of incidents going up, casualties were down in January compared to the previous month. There was a total of 439 dead and 375 wounded reported in January. That was down from 763 fatalities and 300 wounded in December. 482 bodies were found in mass graves in December vs 213 in January. That meant there were 226 violent deaths at the start of 2018 vs 281 in December.

In January 12 Hashd al-Shaabi, 31 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 396 civilians lost their lives along with 33 Hashd, 47 ISF, and 295 civilians being injured. By province, there was 1 casualty in Dohuk, 5 in Basra, 5 in Sulaymaniya, 19 in Babil, 32 in Salahaddin, 33 in Anbar, 57 in Diyala, 118 in Kirkuk, 174 in Ninewa, and 370 in Baghdad.

Anbar has witnessed a huge decline in attacks over the last five months. From August to September there were an average of 1.3 incidents per day. That went down to 1.0 in October, 0.8 in November, 0.4 in December, before hitting 0.3 in January. There are occasional incidents in the western regions of the province, but barely any Islamic State activity in the center or west where the Islamic State used to regularly carry out operations. There was one car bomb however during the month, which did happen in the Ramadi-Fallujah corridor.

Incidents have been up in Babil since May 2017. Most occur in the north, especially Jurf al-Sakhr, which is bereft of any civilians and being used as a military base by the Hashd. During the month, two Hashd commanders were assassinated, and two car bombs detonated showing a decided shift in IS tactics.

Baghdad was where there was the biggest increase in incidents. There was an average of 3.3 per day in January, the highest amount since 3.3 in July. The militants have not only been targeting shops and markets with IEDs, but three suicide bombers set off their devices. There had not been a successful suicide bomber since November, and one of them caused more casualties than the capital had seen in such an incident in over a year.

Diyala and Salahaddin are the two main rebuilding areas for IS. In the former incidents have gone up for three months from an average of 0.6 per day in October to 1.8 in January. In Salahaddin, incidents went from 0.6 during both November and October to 1.0 in January. In Diyala, insurgents are said to be active in nearly every rural area, while they are mostly in the northern sections of Salahaddin. The security forces launched 8 sweeps in Diyala and 7 in Salahaddin during the month, but to no avail. IS usually leaves during such times and comes back when they are over. The Tuz Kharmato district in Salahaddin remains unstable since the federal forces took over in October, and a new group the White Flags is active there along with disgruntled Kurds who are mad at Baghdad.

Political violence has finally subsided in Kirkuk, but the Hawija district in the south still has IS elements. After the central government took control of the province three month ago there was a wave of attacks upon parties such as the Turkmen Front. That largely ended in January. Hawija remains a problem area however. Baghdad launched a major military sweep through the area, and then two smaller ones afterward. Most of the IS fighters fled the area rather than fight when the district was liberated, and have now returned to carry out attacks.

Violence continued to trail off in Ninewa. Incidents hit a new low of 1.1 per day in January. There are still regular attacks by IS along the Syrian border and to the south of Mosul, but these have mostly been very small. Most of the news coming out of the governorate is more and more mass graves being discovered full of victims of the Islamists. They provide a constant reminder of the cruel administration IS created in Iraq.

Security In Iraq 2017-18
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
JAN 2017
719
1,923
4,374
FEB
628
1,891 + 399
2,511 + 1,634
MAR
720
3,504 + 278
3,302 + 2,925
APR
578
2,933
1,955
MAY
528
2,038
1,563
JUN
534
2,038
1,563
JUL
478
1,490
650
AUG
359
1,949
584
SEP
306
728
549
OCT
286
913
865 + 1,700
NOV
296
1,282
425
DEC
261
763
300
Jan 1-7
71
50
66
Jan 8-14
64
62
70
Jan 15-21
68
156
151
Jan 22-28
68
148
66
Jan 29-31
27
23
22
JAN 2018
298
439
375

Weekly Violence By Province In Iraq, Jan 2018

Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Anbar
6 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Civilian
1 ISF
7 Wounded
1 Hashd
6 ISF

3 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Car Bomb
1 Grenade
1 Incident
7 Wounded
7 Civilians

1 IED
1 Incident
3 Killed
3 Civilians
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

1 IED
4 Incidents
7 Killed
3 Civilians
4 ISF
4 Wounded
4 Civilians

2 IEDs
3 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
-


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Babil
1 Incident
3 Wounded
3 Hashd

1 IED
3 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
3 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 Hashd

2 Shootings
1 IED
4 Incidents
4 Killed
2 Hashd
2 Civilians
2 Wounded
1 Hashd
1 Civilian

4 Shootings
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 ISF
4 Wounded
4 ISF

2 Car Bombs
-


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Baghdad
26 Incidents
14 Killed
14 Civilians
45 Wounded
1 Hashd
2 ISF
42 Civilians

6 Shootings
12 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
24 Incidents
22 Killed
1 Hashd
21 Civilians
37 Wounded
2 Hashd
35 Civilians

7 Shootings
10 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
1 Suicide
   Bombers
22 Incidents
49 Killed
1 Hashd
48 Civilians
133 Wounded
133 Civilians

5 Shootings
9 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
2 Suicide
   Bombers
1 Grenade
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Killed
22 Incidents
19 Killed
4 ISF
15 Civilians
34 Wounded
1 Hashd
5 ISF
28 Civilians

6 Shootings
9 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
10 Incidents
6 Killed
1 Hashd
5 Civilians
11 Wounded
11 Civilians

5 Shootings
3 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Basra
2 Incidents

1 IED
1 Sound Bomb
-
2 Incidents

2 IEDs
5 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

3 Shootings
2 IEDs
-


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

6 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Car Bomb
2 Mortars
8 Incidents
6 Killed
2 ISF
4 Civilians
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
7 IEDs
1 Mortar
1 Car Bomb
16 Incidents
14 Killed
5 ISF
9 Civilians
12 Wounded
1 Civilian
11 ISF

9 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
12 Incidents
6 Killed
6 Civilians
4 Wounded
1 Hashd
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
6 IEDs
2 Mortars
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Arrested
5 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Mortar








Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Dohuk
-
-
-
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Turkish Air
   Strike
-


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Karbala
-
-
-
1 Incident

1 Shooting
-


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Kirkuk
9 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Hashd
2 Civilians
7 Wounded
2 ISF
5 Hashd

4 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Rocket
2 Mortars
1 Grenade
10 Incidents
6 Killed
2 Hashd
4 Civilians
4 Wounded
4 Hashd

3 Shootings
1 IED
1 Suicide
   Bomber
3 Grenades
3 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

2 Shootings
7 Incidents
78 Killed
2 Hashd
76 Civilians
8 Wounded
8 Hashd

2 Shootings
1 IED
2 Suicide
   Bombers
1 Car Bomb
1 Mortar
5 Incidents
4 Killed
1 Hashd
1 Civilian
2 ISF
6 Wounded
3 ISF
3 Hashd

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
3 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed/
   Arrested


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Ninewa
7 Incidents
26 Killed
26 Civilians

5 Shootings
1 IED
18 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
2 Car Bombs
    Destroyed
7 Incidents
21 Killed
21 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
11 Incidents
85 Killed
4 ISF
81 Civilians

8 Shootings
6 Incidents
29 Killed
29 Civilians

1 Shooting
3 IEDs
4 Incidents
9 Killed
1 ISF
8 Civilians
3 Wounded
1 ISF
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
2 IEDs


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Salahaddin
5 Incidents

1 Shooting
1 IED
5 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
9 Incidents
4 Killed
1 ISF
3 Civilians
13 Wounded
2 ISF
11 Civilians

3 Shootings
3 IEDs
2 Mortars
3 Suicide
    Bombers
    Killed
8 Incidents

4 Shootings
5 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed/
   Arrested
7 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Civilian
2 ISF
10 Wounded
2 Civilians
8 ISF

2 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
3 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Hashd
1 Wounded
1 Hashd

1 Shooting
1 IED


Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Sulaymaniya
-
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 Incident

1 Shooting
1 Incident

1 Rocket
-

Violence By Province January 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
12 Incidents
12 Killed
5 ISF
7 Civilians
21 Wounded
1 Hashd
6 ISF
14 Civilians

7 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Car Bomb
1 Grenade
3 Suicide Bombers Killed
Babil
10 Incidents
7 Killed
2 ISF
2 Hashd
3 Civilians
12 Wounded
2 Civilians
4 ISF
6 Hashd

6 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Car Bombs
Baghdad
104 Incidents
110 Killed
3 Hashd
4 ISF
103 Civilians
260 Wounded
4 Hashd
7 ISF
249 Civilians

29 Shootings
43 IEDs
11 Sticky Bombs
3 Suicide Bombers
1 Grenade
3 Suicide Bombers Killed
Basra
9 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

3 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Sound Bomb
Diyala
56 Incidents
34 Killed
10 ISF
24 Civilians
23 Wounded
1 Hashd
8 Civilians
14 ISF

20 Shootings
23 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Car Bomb
6 Mortars
1 Suicide Bomber Arrested
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Dohuk
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Turkish Air Strike
Karbala
1 Incident

1 Shooting
Kirkuk
34 Incidents
92 Killed
2 ISF
6 Hashd
84 Civilians
26 Wounded
1 Civilian
5 ISF
20 Hashd

13 Shootings
6 IEDs
3 Suicide Bombers
1 Car Bomb
1 Rocket
4 Grenades
3 Mortars
3 Suicide Bombers Killed/Arrested
Ninewa
35 Incidents
170 Killed
5 ISF
165 Civilians
4 Wounded
1 ISF
3 Civilians

18 Shootings
8 IEDs
18 Suicide Bombers Killed
2 Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
32 Incidents
8 Killed
1 Hashd
3 ISF
4 Civilians
24 Wounded
1 Hashd
10 ISF
13 Civilians

11 Shootings
9 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
2 Mortars
13 Suicide Bombers Killed/Arrested
Sulaymaniya
4 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

3 Shootings
1 Rocket


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