Thursday, August 16, 2018

Security In Iraq Aug 8-14, 2018

(Reuters)

Violence remained concentrated in central Iraq where the Islamic State is rebuilding. There were 47 incidents reported in the media, which was within the mean since April.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Aug 8-14, 2018
Babil 1
Karbala 1
Anbar 5
Ninewa 5
Kirkuk 7
Diyala 8
Baghdad 9
Salahaddin 11

Casualties In Iraq By Province Aug 8-14, 2018
Babil 2 (2 Wounded)
Diyala 3 (3 Wounded)
Kirkuk 6 (3 Killed, 3 Wounded)
Ninewa 17 (6 Killed, 11 Wounded)
Baghdad 23 (11 Killed, 12 Wounded)
Salahaddin 43 (23 Killed, 20 Wounded)

43 people lost their lives and 51 were wounded. 5 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 15 civilians and 23 Hashd al-Shaabi lost their lives, and 7 ISF, 10 Hashd, and 34 civilians were injured. Nearly half of those occurred in Salahaddin that had 43 casualties.

Anbar had five incidents including two shoot outs with the security forces, four suicide bombers were killed, and a motorcycle bomb was discovered and dismantled in Fallujah before it was able to hit its target. The others all occurred in the west in Qaim by the Syrian border and Rutba close to the Syrian-Jordanian junction. The province used to be a prime battlefield with the insurgency, but the Islamic State has largely withdrawn from the area.

Likewise, Baghdad was the main terrorist target in the country. Now there are just low level shootings and a few IEDs. There was one exception as there was a shootout in Tarmiya in the north that killed 4 Hashd.

Most insurgent activity was concentrated in Diyala, Kirkuk, and Salahddin. In Diyala, there were two assaults upon checkpoints, and an attack upon a Hashd camp. In Kirkuk, there was a gun battle in the Hawija district, a mukhtar’s house was hit by an IED, a member of Iyad Allawi’s Wataniya had his house shot at, and a sound bomb went off at the HQ of the Turkmen Front. Finally, an army camp, a village, and a checkpoint, and some electricity towers were all attacked in Salahaddin. The Islamic State is rebuilding in the rural areas of all three of these governorates. They are said to be in control of many villages at night, and some during the day. Their attacks are meant to expand their presence by intimidating the local civilians and Iraqi forces, make people pay taxes, etc.

In Karbala, an ammunition dump belonging to the Al Abbas Combat Division blew up. The group claimed it was an act of sabotage. The Combat Division is loyal to Najaf and has had disputes with pro-Iran Hashd elements, but there was no word on who might be behind this incident.

There were 5 incidents in Ninewa. The most significant was a police commander was assassinated in Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul. Like Anbar and Baghdad, IS has largely withdrawn from this province and there is only sporadic attacks now.

Islamic State Activity in Central Iraq 2018
Diyala
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
20
24
2
7
-
1
-
6
1
1
Feb
14
13
4
3
-
-
-
-
1
-
Mar
29
21
14
5
1
2
1
5
-
-
Apr
13
18
2
2
-
-
-
2
-
-
May
11
11
1
3
1
1
3
4
1
-
Jun
32
17
5
12
-
1
5
4
-
-
Jul
20
19
2
3
-
2
3
1
-
-
Aug
7
9
1
2
-
-
-
3
-
-

Kirkuk
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
13
6
4
1
-
-
-
3
3
1
Feb
21
10
7
3
-
-
-
4
1
-
Mar
22
15
11
2
-
2
1
3
1
1
Apr
18
4
3
1
-
-
8
1
-
1
May
14
28
2
-
2
1
1
4
4
-
Jun
25
12
4
2
-
2
10
6
-
-
Jul
7
20
1
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
Aug
7
4
2
-
1
-
-
-
-
-

Salahaddin
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
11
9
8
-
-
-
-
2
-
1
Feb
7
5
1
1
-
2
-
-
-
-
Mar
23
8
9
2
-
3
-
-
1
-
Apr
6
8
2
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
May
14
10
10
1
1
-
-
1
1
-
Jun
15
15
4
1
-
7
-
-
-
1
Jul
9
6

4
-
-
2
1
1
-
Aug
7
13
1
1
-
1
1
-
-
-

(Gun Battles, Attacks on Checkpoints, Attacks on Mukhtars, Attacks on Towns are all subsets of the total number of shootings and IEDs/Sticky Bombs reported)

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
36
65
21
Jul 29-31
24
26
11
JUL
214
267
(222 Violent Deaths)
218
Aug 1-7
49
57
30
Aug 8-14
47
43
51

Violence By Province Aug 8-14, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
5 Incidents

3 Shootings
5 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Motorcycle Bomb Dismantled
Babil
1 Incident
2 Wounded
2 Hashd

1 IED
Baghdad
9 Incidents
11 Killed
4 Hashd
7 Civilians
12 Wounded
12 Civilians

5 Shootings
3 IEDs
Diyala
8 Incidents
3 Wounded
1 Hashd
2 Civilians

3 Shootings
4 IEDs
2 Mortars
Karbala
1 Incident

1 IED
Kirkuk
7 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Hashd
3 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 Hashd

3 Shootings
1 IED
1 Sound Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
Ninewa
5 Incidents
6 Killed
1 ISF
5 Civilians
11 Wounded
11 Civilians

1 Shooting
3 IEDs
Salahaddin
11 Incidents
23 Killed
3 Civilians
4 ISF
16 Hashd
20 Wounded
5 Hashd
7 ISF
8 Civilians

4 Shootings 10 IEDs

SOURCES

Agence France Presse, "ISIS militants in Iraq kill five people form same family," 8/11/18

Bas News, "IS Kills 14 Iraqi Soldiers, Shi'ite Militiamen," 8/12/18
- "IS Kills Three Hashd al-Shaabi Militiamen," 8/8/18

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Iranian-backed PMFs foil Islamic State attack on security checkpoint in Diyala," Iraqi News, 8/14/18
- "Iraqi child wounded in Islamic State attack on security checkpoint in Diyala," Iraqi News, 8/13/18
- "Iraqi troops kill 14 Islamic State militants, destroy 4 armored vehicles in Anbar," Iraqi News, 8/8/18
- "Suicide bomber killed in clashes between border guards, IS terrorists in Anbar," Iraqi News, 8/8/18

Iraq Newspaper, "Bloody Battle Between The 3rd And The 4th Regiments Of The 22nd Brigade Led To Fall Of More Than 40 Dead And Wounded In Attack By Terrorist In The Pophras And The Pujars In Tarmiya," 8/9/18
- "Colonel Ali Al-Mousawi, Commander Of The Fourth Regiment 22 Brigade, Was Killed In A Terrorist Attack In Tarmiya, North Baghdad," 8/9/18

Al Forat, "URGENT A terrorist attack near a popular restaurant in Fallujah," 8/13/18

Al Ghad Press, "Security forces clashed with Daash members in the Tarmiya district north Baghdad," 8/8/18

Iraq Oil Report, "Insurgency continues targeting energy infrastructure," 8/8/18

Al Maalomah, "Four suicide bombers were killed trying to infiltrate areas of western Anbar," 8/11/18

NINA, "Residents Of A Village In Hawija Displaced Due To Threats Received From Daesh," 8/9/18
- "A sound bomb exploded near the headquarters of the Turkmen Front in Kirkuk," 8/12/18

Shafaaq News, "Gunmen attack a politician’s house in Kirkuk and exchange fire with guards," 8/10/18
- "Village attacked targeting a football field north of Tikrit," 8/11/8

Al Sumaria, "Al-Abbas Combat Team: The explosion of the ammunition store in Razzaza is an act of aggression aimed at destroying our weapons base," 8/10/18

Xinhua, "4 Iraqi soldiers killed in IS attack in central Iraq," 8/8/18
- "Security forces repel IS attack in eastern Iraq," 8/15/18

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