Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Security In Iraq Jul 15-21, 2018


After a slight dip in incidents in the second week of July, things were back to their averages from July 15-21 in Iraq. The two big stories for security during the week was an explosion of attacks in Kirkuk in the middle of the week, and attempts at mass casualty bombings in Salahaddin.

From July 15-21, 54 incidents were reported in the media. That was up from 44 the week before, but there has been an average of at least 50 incidents per week since May. Out of the 9 areas that reported violence all were in single digits except for Kirkuk with 10 and Ninewa with 11.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Jul 15-21, 2018
Basra 1
Babil 2
Irbil 2
Kurdistan 2
Salahaddin 8
Baghdad 9
Diyala 9
Kirkuk 10
Ninewa 11

Casualties In Iraq By Province July 15-21, 2018
Babil 2 (2 Killed)
Diyala 5 (4 Killed, 1 Wounded)
Kurdistan 8 (8 Killed)
Baghdad 9 (4 Killed, 5 Wounded)
Irbil 9 (9 Killed)
Salahaddin 22 (5 Killed, 17 Wounded)
Ninewa 29 (25 Killed, 4 Wounded)
Kirkuk 41 (4 Killed, 37 Wounded)

61 people lost their lives and 64 were wounded during the week. 8 bodies were found in west Mosul from the battle for the city leaving 53 violent deaths. 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 3 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 7 Peshmerga, 17 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and 32 civilians were killed and 16 ISF and 48 civilians were injured.

The four month campaign by Turkey against the PKK continued in northern Kurdistan. There were three Turkish air raids that killed a total of 17 members of the Kurdish group. The Turks are making a slow advance on the PKK base in the Qandil Mountains, while regularly shelling and bombing the border area.

The Islamic State continued its rebuilding in central Iraq. Diyala had 9 incidents which were all low level accept for a female suicide bomber being arrested at the start of the week. On July 18, things exploded in Kirkuk city. There were 3 Rockets, 3 IEDs and 3 grenades throughout the city leaving 2 dead and 29 wounded. That was a reminder that the insurgents still have cells in the city and can infiltrate into it, and are not just in the rural areas like Hawija and Daquq in the south. There were several attempts at large bombings in Salahaddin. A suicide bomber hit a checkpoint in Tikrit causing 1 death and 5 wounded. A car bomb was dismantled earlier in the city, and 6 suicide bombers were killed attacking a pumping station along a pipeline in the Baiji district. The Islamic State has pulled most of its resources from the rest of the country to concentrate in these three provinces. They all neighbor each other, and the group is moving back and forth between them. There are constant security sweeps there, but none has been successful because IS simply moves out when the security forces come in, and migrate back when the operations are over. The rebuilding process there has also led to more sophisticated attacks being carried out there instead of just the usual shootings and IEDs that occur in the rest of the country. Instead you have mass casualty bombings, attacks on villages, burning of crops and homes, intimidation of locals, etc. This poses a long term threat to the country because the government has been unable to stop IS’s plans.

Incidents in Ninewa have largely fallen off in the last year, but this week was an exception. even though there were 11 incidents they were all scattered shootings and IEDs, although there was one shoot out with insurgents in the west where militants are often caught attempting to infiltrate in from Syria.

Diyala
Shootings
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
Mortars
Gun Battles
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
18
23
6
2
2
-
1
1
Feb
10
13
-
4
-
-
1
-
Mar
16
21
5
13
3
1
-
-
Apr
12
17
3
1
1
-
-
-
May
9
11
4
1
2
3
1
-
Jun
22
17
4
5
1
5
-
-
Jul
13
14
1
2
1
2
-
-

Kirkuk
Shootings
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
Mortars
Gun Battles
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
9
6
3
4
-
-
3
1
Feb
14
13
4
7
-
-
1
-
Mar
14
15
3
8
4
1
1
1
Apr
11
4
1
2
-
8
-
1
May
12
28
4
2
2
1
4
-
Jun
17
12
6
5
4
8
-
-
Jul
3
13
-
1
2
-
-
1

Salahaddin
Shootings
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
Mortars
Gun Battles
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
3
9
2
8
-
-
-
1
Feb
6
5
-
1
2
-
-
-
Mar
13
8
-
9
3
-
1
-
Apr
4
8
-
2
-
-
1
-
May
3
10
1
10
-
1
1
-
Jun
10
15
1
5
8
-
-
1
Jul
4
8
1
1
1
1
1
-

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
(218 Violent
Deaths)
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
(233 Violent Deaths)
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
(466 Violent Deaths)
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
(240 Violent Deaths)
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
(273 Violent Deaths)
253
Jun 1-7
55
100
32
Jun 8-14
72
108
88
Jun 15-21
42
83
19
Jun 22-28
52
58
65
Jun 29-30
18
22
14
JUN
239
371
(327 Violent Deaths)
218
Jul 1-7
56
58
91
Jul 8-14
44
57
31
Jul 15-21
54
61
64

Violence By Province Jul 15-21, 2018
Province
Violence
Babil
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
Baghdad
9 Incidents
4 Killed
4 Civilians
5 Wounded
1 ISF
4 Civilians

4 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Sound Bomb
Basra
1 Incident

1 IED
Diyala
9 Incidents
4 Killed
4 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 ISF

4 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
Irbil
2 Incidents
9 Killed
9 PKK

1 Turkish Air Strike
Kirkuk
10 Incidents
4 Killed
1 ISF
3 Civilians
37 Wounded
6 ISF
31 Civilians

1 Shooting
4 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
3 Rockets
4 Grenades
Kurdistan
2 Incidents
8 Killed
8 PKK

2 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
11 Incidents
25 Killed
1 ISF
7 Peshmerga
17 Civilians
4 Wounded
4 Civilians

5 Shootings
3 IEDs
Salahaddin
8 Incidents
5 Killed
1 ISF
2 Hashd
2 Civilians
17 Wounded
8 ISF
9 Civilians

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Mortar
6 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Car Bomb Dismantled

SOURCES

Baghdad Post, "ISIS terrorists attack oi facility in Biji: source," 7/19/18
- "Security forces arrest woman wearing an explosive belt in Diyala," 7/16/18
- "Suicide attack kills, wounds 6 in Tikrit," 7/20/18

Al Ghad Press, "12 wounded New toll of Kirkuk attacks," 7/18/18
- "The Popular and Tribal Crowds are thwarting a terrorist plot west of Ninewa," 7/19/18
- "Three Katyusha rockets hit the children's hospital in central Kirkuk," 7/18/18

Goran, Baxtiyar, "Three explosions rock Kirkuk city," 7/18/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "At least 30 persons killed, injured in bomb blasts in Kirkuk," Iraqi News, 7/18/18
- "Eight civilians bodies, including five children, recovered from under rubble in Mosul," Iraqi News, 7/21/18

NINA, "Eight PKK members were killed by Turkish air strikes in northern Iraq," 7/21/18

Press TV, "PKK logistics head slain in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq," 7/19/18

Al Raya, "#Urgent Al-Jazeera: 14 wounded in a series of bombings that hit the city of Kirkuk, Iraq," 7/18/18

Shafaaq News, "Two killed and 17 injured The final toll of the Kirkuk bombings," 7/19/18

Al Sumaria, "Interior announces the dismantling of a car bomb in the middle of Tikrit," 7/15/18
- "PKK: Eight PKK soldiers killed in northern Iraq," 7/17/18

Xinhua, "Iraqi forces foil attack by 4 IS suicide bombers in central Iraq," 7/19/18

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