Monday, July 23, 2018

Security In Iraq Jul 8-14, 2018


There have been fluctuations in Iraq’s security situation week to week and July 8-14 was one of those down times. There were just 44 incidents during the week, which was on the low end. Also, due to the large protests that swept southern Iraq the media’s coverage of the rest of the country fell off tremendously, so there might have been some under reporting as well.

7 of the 8 areas of Iraq reporting violence had single digits in incidents. Diyala was the one exception with 12. That has been one of the main Islamic State rebuilding areas of the country, so even during a week when there were few reported attacks the figures remained relatively high there.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Jul 8-14, 2018
Irbil 1
Kurdistan 2
Anbar 3
Salahaddin 5
Ninewa 6
Kirkuk 7
Baghdad 8
Diyala 12

Casualties In Iraq By Province July 8-14, 2018
Irbil 3 (3 Killed)
Ninewa 5 (5 Killed)
Kurdistan 6 (6 Killed)
Baghdad 11 (5 Killed, 6 Wounded)
Diyala 11 (7 Killed, 4 Wounded)
Salahaddin 14 (10 Killed, 4 Wounded)
Anbar 15 (10 Killed, 5 Wounded)
Kirkuk 23 (11 Killed, 12 Wounded)

57 people lost their lives and 31 were injured from July 8-14. 4 bodies were found, leaving 53 violent deaths. 9 were killed in Kurdistan leaving 44 fatalities in the rest of the country. 3 Turkish soldiers, 6 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), 9 Hashd al-Shaabi, 18 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 21 civilians were killed, and 6 Hashd, 10 Civilians, and 15 ISF were wounded.

Anbar, Baghdad, and Ninewa remain the quieter areas of the country. These used to be centers of IS activity, but as the group has changed strategy to the center incidents in these three provinces are more sporadic. There were just 3 incidents in Anbar, including one gun battle and two IEDs on ISF patrols. Baghdad had 8 incidents with the usual mix of shootings and IEDs. Ninewa witnessed 6 incidents including a grenade thrown at the headquarters of the Hashd unit the Babylon Brigades, which might have been due to a political dispute.

Central Iraq remained the center of the insurgency’s rebirth. In Diyala there were a string of IEDs along with an attack upon an ISF base and one shoot out. The government also launched the second phase of Revenge of the Martyrs operation, which was in response to a series of kidnappings and murders of people along the highway towards Baghdad. A suicide bomber was killed, a mukhtar was kidnapped and assassinated, while another kidnapping was foiled, and IS attacked a checkpoint along a pipeline in Kirkuk, and blew up two electricity towers. The security forces conducted a sweep through the Hawija district in the south, which is one of the insurgents’ main bases in the governorate, while the governor complained that the ISF had not thoroughly cleared Kirkuk of IS elements. Finally, in Salahaddin the militants attacked a Hashd base with suicide bombers that left 8 dead and wounded. There were also continued reports of IS intimidating and kidnapping people from rural towns. IS is concentrating upon regaining control of the villages and border areas and mountains of these three provinces. Most of the incidents are aimed at controlling the locals in those areas, and to drive off the security forces. So far they have been successful, and the government’s security plans ineffective.

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
9
10
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
2
8
-
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
2
6
-
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

Violence By Province Jul 8-14, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
3 Incidents
10 Killed
2 Hashd
8 ISF
5 Wounded
5 ISF

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Rockets
Baghdad
8 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Civilians
6 Wounded
2 Hashd
4 Civilians

4 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
Diyala
12 Incidents
7 Killed
2 ISF
5 Civilians
4 Wounded
1 ISF
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
8 IEDs
1 Mortar
Irbil
1 Incident
3 Killed
3 Turkish Air Strikes

1 Shooting
Kirkuk
8 Incidents
11 Killed
5 Civilians
6 ISF
12 Wounded
3 Civilians
9 ISF

1 Shooting
5 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
Kurdistan
2 Incidents
6 Killed
6 PKK

2 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
6 Incidents
5 Killed
1 Hashd
1 ISF
3 Civilians

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Grenade
Salahaddin
4 Incidents
10 Killed
1 ISF
3 Civilians
6 Hashd
4 Wounded
4 Hashd

2 Shootings
1 IED
4 Suicide Bombers Killed

SOURCES

Baghdad Post, “ISIS still controls a number of areas in Kirkuk: Governor,” 7/13/18
- "Military operation launched to pursue ISIS terrorists in Diyala," 7/12/18

Bas News, "IS Kills Six Iraqi Security Personnel in Western Kirkuk," 7/11/18

Al Forat, "URGENT The crowd kills four suicide bombers who tried to sneak into the Baiji operations command," 7/9/18

Hussein, Mohammed, Tahir, Rawaz, "Four killed protecting pipeline warehouse outside Kirkuk," Iraqi Oil Report, 7/12/18

Al-Jibouri, Ghazwan Hassan, “New Terror Campaign, Extremists Intimidate, Harass, Dislocate Locals In Salahaddin, Then Take Over,” Niqash, 7/12/18

Al Maalomah, "The death of an officer and two soldiers by an explosive device in Ramadi," 7/8/18

Al Masalah, "Targeting the headquarters of the Babylon Brigade in Mosul," 7/8/18

Al Mirbad, "The Federal Police are combing 58 villages northwest Hawija," 7/9/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "Four Iraqi soldiers killed, injured in bomb blast, west of Anbar," Iraqi News, 7/9/18
- "Islamic State executes mayor of village, kidnapped last week, southwest of Kirkuk," Iraqi News, 7/9/18
- "Security personnel killed in confrontations against Islamic State, south of Diyala," Iraqi News, 7/8/18

NINA, "An attack on a military base foiled north of Baquba," 7/8/18

Reuters, "Militants kill three militia fighters near Iraq's Baiji refinery: police," 7/9/18

Shafaaq News, "Daash fails to carry out a new kidnapping south Kirkuk," 7/10/18

Al Sumaria, "Dash destroys two electricity towers that run through Hawija to Samarra across Kirkuk," 7/12/18
- "Five security forces killed and wounded in a suicide bombing in Baiji," 7/9/18

Xinhua, "5 security members killed in IS attack in Iraq's Anbar province,"7/8/18

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