Saturday, June 2, 2018

Security In Iraq Largely Unchanged In May 2018


Security didn’t change much from April to May 2018. The number of incidents was roughly the same with 204 in April and 218 in May. There were 486 deaths in April, but 246 were bodies found leaving 240 violent deaths for the month. In May, there were a total of 298 deaths, but 25 of those were corpses discovered leaving 273 killed during the month.

Casualties consisted of 28 Hashd al-Shaabi, 33 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), 44 Turkish soldiers, 45 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 148 civilian fatalities, while 8 Turkish soldiers, 18 Hashd, 70 ISF, and 157 civilians were wounded.

Casualties In Iraq By Province Mar-Apr 2018
Province
Apr 2018
May 2018
Anbar
59 (7 K, 52 W)
25 (6 K, 19 W)
Babil
3 (1 K, 2 W)
4 (4 W)
Baghdad
51 (11 K, 40 W)
146 (61 K, 85 W)
Basra
1 (1 W)
-
Dhi Qar
-
2 (2 K)
Diyala
51 (17 K, 34 W)
80 (46 K, 34 W)
Dohuk
3 (3 K)
-
Irbil
66 (53 K, 13 W)
5 (5 K)
Kirkuk
62 (25 K, 37 W)
90 (43 K, 47 W)
KRG
94 (88 K, 6)
80 (72 K, 8 W)
Ninewa
279 (261 K, 18 W)
65 (34 K, 31 W)
Salahaddin
53 (20 K, 33W)
48 (29 K, 19 W)
Sulaymaniya
-
6 (6 W)

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Mar-Apr 2018
Province
Apr
May
Anbar
15
9
Babil
3
4
Baghdad
35
46
Basra
2
-
Dhi Qar
-
1
Diyala
44
38
Dohuk
2
-
Irbil
8
2
Kirkuk
36
48
KRG
17
15
Ninewa
24
20
Salahaddin
18
30
Sulaymaniya
-
4

Violence continued its sharp decline in Anbar with incidents going from 15 in April to just 9 in May. There was a slight increase in attacks from January to March, but that has gone down to probably the lowest level since 2003 to an average of just 0.2 per day.

Diyala saw a decline from 44 incidents in April to 38 in May. Attacks there have constantly fluctuated up and down for over a year now. The province is one of the main areas where the Islamic State is rebuilding, and the types of attacks have changed. For example, there was a mortar attack upon a checkpoint and then several policemen were kidnapped by insurgents. Grenades were thrown at the house of the brother of a Federal Police commander. 2 suicide bomber were killed, while another set off his device while assaulting a village in the Khanaqin district in the northeast. The militants also burned crops in two towns. These were all attempts to re-assert the group’s control over rural areas in the province, and intimidate the security forces, tactics the group has used for years. They are being repeated in other provinces as well.

The situation in Ninewa was largely unchanged. There was an average of 0.8 incidents per day in April going down to 0.6 per day in May. At the end of the month there were six confrontations with insurgents leading to gun battles, but the real news was the huge number of bodies still being dug out of the Old City district in west Mosul after officials said that job was done. Because the authorities are not checking the IDs of the corpses they have not disclosed how many were insurgents and how many were civilians, so most of them have not been added to the monthly body counts. That was also the cause of the large difference in casualties from 279 in April to 65 in May. In April, most of the bodies excavated were said to be civilians, while little information was given about those in May.

Baghdad witnessed an increase in casualties due to several large attacks. Islamic State fighters went into a town in Tarmiya in the north killing 21 and wounding 10. Two weeks later a suicide bomber hit a funeral in that same district leaving 8 killed and 31 injured. The week after that another suicide bomber blew up a café with 7 dead and 16 wounded. That was the reason why casualties went from 51 in April to 146 in May.

Kirkuk, 36 incidents in April and 48 in May, and Salahaddin 18 in April and 30 in May also saw more insurgent activity. There was a huge number of attacks during the week of voting in Kirkuk, the most seen in years. Towards the end of the month 8 suicide bombers were intercepted by the security forces, but 4 were able to blow themselves up. IS also burnt wheat fields in a town. In Salahaddin there were 11 gun battles with insurgents, 7 suicide bombers were killed in two separate incidents, there was one successful suicide bombing, and attack upon a town and a Federal Police base. Like Diyala these were all attempts by IS to make a comeback.

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
Feb 1-7
66
196
67
Feb 8-14
65
63
93
Feb 15-21
59
346
43
Feb 22-28
55
44
72
FEB
245
649
275
Mar 1-7
78
120
84
Mar 8-14
60
84
61
Mar 15-21
67
168
98
Mar 22-28
81
213
61
Mar 29-31
21
26
35
MAR
307
611
339
Apr 1-7
40
174
29
Apr 8-14
64
175
83
Apr 15-21
44
63
72
Apr 22-28
44
62
48
Apr 29-30
12
12
4
APR
204
486
236
May 1-7
51
57
56
May 8-14
56
68
49
May 15-21
39
58
82
May 22-28
51
73
51
May 29-31
21
42
15
MAY
218
298
253

Violence By Province May 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
9 Incidents
6 Killed
1 ISF
5 Civilians
19 Wounded
9 Civilians
10 ISF

2 Shootings
7 IEDs
Babil
4 Incidents
4 Wounded
1 Civilian
3 Hashd

3 IEDs
Baghdad
46 Incidents
61 Killed
1 Hashd
3 ISF
57 Civilians
85 Wounded
3 ISF
82 Civilians

16 Shootings
14 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
2 Suicide Bombers
2 Grenades
1 Mortar
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Dhi Qar
1 Incident
2 Killed
2 Civilians

1 IED
Diyala
38 Incidents
46 Killed
9 ISF
37 Civilians
34 Wounded
13 ISF
21 Civilians

11 Shootings
9 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
1 Suicide Bomber
4 Mortars
1 Grenade
1 Rocket
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
Irbil
2 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Turkish Soldiers

2 Shootings
Kirkuk
48 Incidents
43 Killed
7 Hashd
17 ISF
19 Civilians
47 Wounded
3 Hashd
16 Civilians
28 ISF

14 Shootings
22 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
4 Suicide Bombers
3 Sound Bombs
1 Rocket
4 Mortars
1 Grenade
4 Suicide Bombers Killed
Kurdistan
15 Incidents
72 Killed
33 PKK
39 Turkish Soldiers
8 Wounded
8 Turkish Soldiers

8 Shootings
3 Turkish Air Strikes
1 Mortar
Maysan
1 Incident

1 IED
Ninewa
20 Incidents
34 Killed
4 ISF
4 Hashd
26 Civilians
31 Wounded
13 ISF
18 Civilians

1 Shootings
6 IEDs
Salahaddin
30 Incidents
29 Killed
2 Civilians
11 ISF
16 Hashd
19 Wounded
3 ISF
4 Civilians
12 Hashd

14 Shootings
10 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Mortar
7 Suicide Bombers Killed
Sulaymaniya
4 Incidents
6 Wounded
6 Civilians

3 Shootings

SOURCES

AIN, "The popular crowd repulsed Daesh, northwest Dujail," 5/26/18

Anadolu Agency, "Suicide bombers kill two security men in Iraq's Kirkuk," 5/24/18

Associated Press, "Iraq says suicide bomber kills 7 in Baghdad park," 5/24/18

Baghdad Post, "ISIS terrorists attack Iran-backed IMIS Militias northern Saladin," 5/30/18

Bas News, "Iraq: Islamic State Raids Village, Burns People's Properties," 5/30/18
- "Iraqi Troops, IS Insurgents Clash in Salahaddin: Report," 5/26/18
- "IS Kills, Wounds Nine Iraqi Troops in Northwestern Diyala: Source," 5/3/18

Al Ghad Press, "The brother of the Director of the Office of the Federal Police Commander was injured after being targeted by hand grenades in Diyala," 5/4/18
- "The martyrdom of an intelligence officer from Ghazaliya in explosion in Shula," 5/24/18

Goran, Baxtiyar, "Eight killed, 31 wounded in northern Baghdad suicide attack," Kurdistan 24, 5/16/18

Iraq Newspaper, "Dash Terrorists Assassinate A Village Mukhtar In Riyadh, Captures Fighters In Kirkuk And Killed Them In Khanaqin," 5/24/18
- "Foiled Two Attacks By Daesh Terrorists South Of Mosul," 5/26/18
- "A Suicide Bomber Kills An Explosive Expert In Dhuluiya And Detonation Of A Land Cruiser From The Popular Crowd In Samarra," 5/21/18

Al Maalomah, "The popular crowd repulsed a move by Daesh near Baiji," 5/29/18

Al Mada, "Tarmiya attackers killed 30 victims and disappeared before security forces arrived," 5/2/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "Iraqi pro-government troops repulse Islamic State attack in Salahuddin," Iraqi News, 5/7/18
- "Security personnel, 3 Islamic State members killed in repelled attack, south of Mosul," Iraqi News, 5/26/18
- "Six policemen killed, wounded in Islamic State attack, northwest of Diyala," Iraqi News, 5/3/18
- "Suicide attacker killed by security in Iraq's Samarra," Iraqi News, 5/9/18
- "Two Islamic State members killed as paramilitaries repulse attack in Salahuddin," Iraqi News, 5/3/18

NINA, "Daesh burned fields for the wheat northwest of Kirkuk," 5/24/18
- "The Security forces repulsed an attack to Daesh and kill a terrorist northwest of Mosul," 5/23/18

Rudaw, "8 killed in clashes between government forces and Daesh gunmen south of Mosul," 5/22/18

Shafaaq News, "Armed militants burn crops of farmers in Diyala," 5/26/18
- "The outbreak of a clash between Daesh and the crowd near Tuz Kharmato," 5/5/18
- "Pictures: 6 killed, including a suicide bomber in 3 minute clash near Khanaqin," 5/24/18
- "Six suicide bombers were killed by a Shiite shrine and polling station in Iraq," 5/11/18

Sotaliraq, "One soldier was killed and another was wounded in a clash with Daesh northwest of Mosul," 5/26/18

Al Sumaria, "Daash attacking the Alas oil field and clashing with the security forces," 5/31/18
- "Diyala announces the killing of two militants who were planning on targeting an election center in Baquba," 5/12/18

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