Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Security In Iraq July 22-28, 2018


Security continued to fluctuate in Iraq. The third week of July was one of those down weeks as Musings On Iraq recorded the fewest weekly security incidents ever.

There were only 37 incidents reported in the media from July 22-28. That was the lowest weekly total ever recorded by Musings On Iraq since 2014. The previous low was 39 incidents from May 15-21. Of the eight provinces that recorded incidents only Baghdad at 14 was in double figures.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Jul 22-28, 2018
Dohuk 1
Irbil 1
Muthanna 1
Kirkuk 3
Anbar 4
Ninewa 6
Diyala 7
Baghdad 14

Casualties In Iraq By Province July 22-28, 2018
Dohuk 2 (2 Killed)
Kirkuk 4 (1 Killed, 3 Wounded)
Irbil 5 (1 Killed, 4 Wounded)
Diyala 9 (9 Killed)
Anbar 13 (3 Killed, 10 Wounded)
Baghdad 13 (9 Killed, 4 Wounded
Ninewa 41 (41 Killed)

A total of 66 died and 21 were wounded during the week. 33 bodies were discovered in the rubble of west Mosul. That left 33 violent deaths during the week. In total, 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 4 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 60 civilians lost their lives with 4 ISF, 5 civilians and 12 Hashd being injured.

Anbar, Baghdad, and Ninewa remained relatively quiet. A Hashd convoy was attacked in west Anbar leaving 1 dead and 8 wounded. Baghdad had its usual mix of shootings and just two bombings. There was only one attack in Ninewa when an IED went off in the Sinjar district. These all used to be centers of Islamic State activity, but the group has largely withdrawn from these areas to concentrate on central Iraq.

Diyala, Kirkuk, and Salahaddin is where IS is now concentrating. During the week all three were quiet however. There were just 7 incidents in Diyala, 3 in Kirkuk, and none in Salahaddin. In Diyala another village was attacked and a person kidnapped. This was the third town this month that the insurgents assaulted. An IED also killed a local mukhtar. Kirkuk just had 3 shootings.

Irbil witnessed some violence as well. First, the Islamic State attacked the government offices and temporarily took it over in Irbil city leaving one dead and four police wounded. They also got into a gun battle in Makhmour in the very southern tip of the governorate, and shot and killed a civilian there. Makhmour has seen sporadic violence, but the attack on Irbil was very different showing that IS was attempting to grab the headlines and make its presence known.

Finally, an intelligence officer’s car was blown up in Muthanna.

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
14
17
1
2
2
3
-
-

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
6
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
Jul 22-28
37
66
21

Violence By Province Jul 22-28, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
4 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Hashd
2 Civilians
10 Wounded
2 Civilians
8 Hashd

3 Shootings
1 IED
Baghdad
14 Incidents
9 Killed
9 Civilians
4 Wounded
1 Hashd
3 Civilians

9 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
Dohuk
1 Incident
2 Killed
2 Civilians

1 Turkish Shelling
Diyala
7 Incidents
9 Killed
9 Civilians

2 Shootings
3 IEDs
Irbil
3 Incidents
6 Killed
4 Police
2 Civilians
4 Wounded
4 Police

3 Shootings
Kirkuk
3 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Hashd
3 Wounded
3 Hashd

3 Shootings
Muthanna
1 Incident

1 Sticky Bomb
Ninewa
4 Incidents
36 Killed
36 Civilians

1 IED

SOURCES

Bas News, "Hashd al-Shaabi Official Killed in Kirkuk," 7/27/18
- "IS Attacks Iraqi Forces in Makhmour, Kills at Least Four," 7/24/18
- "IS-Planted Landmine Kills Yezidi IDP Inside his Home," 7/23/18

Buratha News, "A mass grave containing the remains of 30 people killed by Daesh found south of Mosul," 7/28/18

Al Ghad Press, "An intelligence officer survives an assassination attempt by sticky bomb in Samawa," 7/23/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "Nine security personnel killed, injured in attack, west of Anbar," Iraqi News, 7/28/18
- "Two Islamic State members killed in confrontations against police, southwest of Kirkuk," Iraqi News, 7/28/18

Rudaw, "Security forces kill 3 armed hostage-takers in Erbil siege," 7/23/18

Shafaaq News, "Three bodies were found under a tunnel in Mosul," 7/23/18
- "Wounded in the ranks of the tribal fighters in Daash attack southwest Kirkuk," 7/26/18

Sotaliraq, "Four security personnel were injured in clashes with insurgents inside the Irbil governorate building," 7/23/18

Xinhua, "4 people killed in attacks in eastern Iraq," 7/25/18

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