Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Security In Iraq July 1-7, 2018


During the first week of July 2018, the security forces (ISF) launched a major sweep through central Iraq after several people were kidnapped and murdered along the Baghdad-Kirkuk highway. Unfortunately, this operation and several others had no real effect upon violence. There were roughly the same number of incidents in Diyala, Kirkuk, and Salahaddin as the previous week. These are the three areas where the Islamic State is rebuilding the insurgency.

From July 1-7, there were 56 incidents reported in the media. Since May there have been roughly 50 incidents per week. Kirkuk, 10 incidents, Diyala, 14, and Baghdad, 15, had the most activity. There was also a Turkish air strike in northern Kurdistan and an assassination of a commander in Moqtada al-Sadr’s Sayara al-Salam militia in Najaf.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Jul 1-7, 2018
Anbar 1
Kurdistan 1
Babil 2
Salahaddin 5
Ninewa 7
Diyala 14
Baghdad 15
Kirkuk 10

Casualties In Iraq By Province July 1-7, 2018
Najaf 1 (1 Killed)
Anbar 2 (1 Killed, 1 Wounded)
Babil 3 (1 Killed, 2 Wounded)
Kurdistan (4 Killed)
Ninewa 13 (8 Killed, 5 Wounded)
Salahaddin 17 (3 Killed, 14 Wounded)
Baghdad 30 (7 Killed, 23 Wounded)
Diyala 34 (18 Killed, 16 Wounded)
Kirkuk 45 (15 Killed, 30 Wounded)

56 people lost their lives and 91 were wounded during the week. 4 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), 9 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 11 Hashd al-Shaabi, and 34 civilians were killed, while 11 Hashd, 17 ISF, and 63 civilians were wounded.

Anbar, Babil, and Ninewa remained relatively quiet. In Anbar, there was just one IED in Rutba in the west by the Jordanian and Saudi border. In Babil, there was mortar fire on a checkpoint and a woman’s body was found shot both in the north. There are Islamic State elements both infiltrating into the west of Babil from Anbar as well as cells operating in the upper section of the province. In Ninewa, there were 7 incidents. That included a mukhtar’s house being bombed by an IED in Mosul, a car bomb being destroyed in Tal Safouk in the west along the Syrian border, and a Mukhtar and his three sons being killed within their home in the Badush district just west of Mosul. Since the start of the year, IS has largely withdrawn from these governorates leading to only sporadic attacks in all three.

Towards the end of June, 52 Shiite militiamen were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria. Pro-Iranian Hashd elements immediately blamed the United States for their deaths. The Americans reported no activity in that sector, and the media speculated that it was actually the Israelis that were responsible. The deputy commander of the Hashd Abu Muhandis told the media that fatalities were all members of the Hashd al-Shaabi and operating in Syria to defend the Anbar border town of Qaim. The Iraqi government has continuously denied that any Iraqi forces are officially fighting in Syria. Almost all the pro-Iran Hashd brigades however, have been fighting there since 2011 to help Tehran bolster the Assad government. Residents of Qaim told Al-Monitor that Hashd units are continuously crossing the border into Syria. While officially part of the Iraqi forces, the Abadi administration has little control over those whose loyalties lie with Iran.

Baghdad saw its normal mix of shootings and IEDs. The one exception was a town in the north was attacked by the insurgents, which is a growing trend during this summer.

(US Business Council in Iraq)

After several people were kidnapped and killed along the Baghdad-Kirkuk highway in June the government forces launched a large campaign to sweep the area called Revenge of the Martyrs. There were also three other sweeps in Diyala and Salahaddin during the week. These like earlier ones had no real effect upon security in Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahaddin. In Diyala, two villages were attacked, and the militants set up a fake checkpoint where they kidnapped and killed 7 people. In Kirkuk, a suicide car bomb hit a warehouse holding ballots that were being recounted. There was also an ambush of a tribal Hashd patrol in the Hawija district. Finally, in Salahaddin another village was assaulted by IS and one person kidnapped. Central Iraq is where IS is making its comeback. They have rebuilt their networks in rural, mountain and border areas of these three governorates and are now growing bolder in their operations. There are more direct confrontations with the security forces as well as different attempts to control these areas and intimidate the population. The regular government operations have been ineffective because they go through an area and then leave. They are also not getting good intelligence to try to break up these insurgent forces.

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
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
1
5
-
1
1
-
-
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
1
3
-
-
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

Violence By Province Jul 1-7, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

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

1 Shooting
1 Mortar
Baghdad
15 Incidents
7 Killed
1 ISF
1 Hashd
5 Civilians
23 Wounded
1 ISF
22 Civilians

4 Shootings
5IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
2 Grenades
Diyala
14 Incidents
18 Killed
1 Hashd
4 ISF
13 Civilians
16 Wounded
2 ISF
6 Hashd
8 Civilians

11 Shootings
2 IEDs
Kirkuk
10 Incidents
15 Killed
2 ISF
6 Civilians
7 Hashd
30 Wounded
3 ISF
3 Hashd
24 Civilians

2 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
Kurdistan
1 Incident
4 Killed
4 PKK

1 Turkish Air Strike
Najaf
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Hashd

1 Shooting
Ninewa
7 Incidents
8 Killed
1 ISF
7 Civilians
5 Wounded
2 ISF
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
3 IEDs
1Car Bomb Destroyed
Salahaddin
5 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Civilian
1 ISF
1 Hashd
14 Wounded
5 Civilians
9 ISF

2 Shootings
3 IEDs

SOURCES

Al-Amir, Hussein, "Daesh executes 7 abducted civilians in Iraq's Diyala," Anadolu Agency, 7/6/18

Al Araby, “The Iraq Report: MPs fearing corruption charges flee Iraq en masse,” 7/5/18

Baghdad Post, "2 Iran-allied IMIS affiliates wounded in mortar attack northern Babel," 7/4/18
- "Iraqi security forces destroy ISIS car bomb on Iraqi-Syrian border," 7/3/18

Bas News, "Pictures: Another of Sadr's Aides Assassinated in Southern Baghdad," 7/4/18

Buratha News, "The popular crowd is carrying out a pre-emptive operation in the Hamrin Mountains," 7/7/18

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Islamic State militants kill Iraqi policemen after storming village in Baghdad," Iraqi News, 7/3/18

Al Ghad Press, "Four people were injured in a failed attack on a border village between Diyala and Salahaddin," 7/2/18

Iraq Newspaper, "7 Killed And Wounded In The Popular Crowd North Of Baghdad," 7/2/18
- "Daesh Terrorist Commit New Crime In Mosul By Slaughtering The Mukhtar Of Bagla And His Three Children In Front Of Their Women," 7/5/18
- "Mukhtar In Nasr District Was Seriously Wounded And Two Members Of His Guards Were Killed In The Bombing Of His Home In Mosul," 7/2/18

Al Jazeera, "Iraq: Suicide bombing kills one near Kirkuk ballot box site," 7/1/18

Kittleson, Shelly, “Border calm precarious as Iraq’s Anbar revives, slowly,” Al Monitor, 7/2/18

Al Maalomah, "The popular crowd launches an operation to chase down Daesh remnants east of Samarra," 7/1/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "8 tribal fighters killed, injured in Islamic State attack, southwest of Kirkuk," Iraqi News, 7/1/18
- "Civilian killed, another wounded in bomb blast, west of Anbar," Iraqi News, 7/7/18

NINA, "The body of a girl found north of Babylon," 7/6/18

Rudaw, "Iraqi forces launch raid to clear Diyala of ISIS remnants," 7/2/18
- “Iraqi forces target ISIS, ‘White Flags’ on Kirkuk-Khurmatu-Kifri road,” 7/4/18

Shafaaq News, “Engineer accuses Joint Operations Command and announces details of the US raid,” 6/24/18
- "Turkey announces the killing of four PKK militants within the Kurdistan Region," 7/1/18

Al Sumaria, "One civilian was killed and another injured by a bomb on a road on a border village between Diyala and Salahaddin," 7/1/18

Xinhua, "2 killed, 1 kidnapped in IS attacks in central Iraq," 7/7/18
- "Security forces launch operation to hunt down IS militants in central Iraq," 7/4/18

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