Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Security In Iraq Oct 1-7, 2018

(Shafaaq News)

There was a relatively high number of incidents in Iraq during the first week of October. That was due to a large number of attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk. Another mass grave was discovered in Kurdistan as well raising the number of casualties.

There were 60 incidents reported in Iraq from October 1-7, 2018. That was the most since 64 during the second week of April. Since that month there has been around 40 incidents per week, but that occasionally goes up to 50, which made this week an exception to the norm. Kirkuk at 16 and Baghdad at 20 were the two areas in double digits in incidents.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Oct 1-7, 2018
Anbar 1
Kurdistan 2
Basra 3
Ninewa 4
Salahaddin 4
Diyala 9
Kirkuk 16
Baghdad 20

Casualties In Iraq By Province Oct 1-7, 2018
Basra 3 (3 K)
Diyala 4 (2 K, 2 W)
Ninewa 6 (6 K)
Anbar 7 (1 K, 6 W)
Kirkuk 24 (5 K, 19 W)
Salahaddin 37 (2 K, 35 W)
Baghdad 44 (12 K, 32 W)
Kurdistan 57 (57 K)

88 people were killed and 94 wounded during the week. 54 bodies of people executed by the Islamic State were found in Kurdistan. That left 34 violent deaths. 3 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 3 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and 82 civilians lost their lives, and 4 Hashd al-Shaabi, 11 ISF, and 79 civilians were wounded. Kurdistan obviously led the country in casualties with 57 because of the mass grave. Baghdad was second with 44. That province has been leading the country most weeks because of an increase in Islamic State activity there.

In the last three months there has been two trends going on in Anbar. First, the number of incidents still remains very low, but they are slowly creeping up. Second, the Islamic State has restarted mass casualty bombings there. In September for instance, there were two suicide bombings. At the start of October there was a car bomb in Fallujah that left 5 wounded. For months, Anbar was a secondary front for IS. Now it is becoming a target.

Baghdad is another province that is getting renewed attention from the insurgents. Incidents have increased there in the last five months. They have gone from single digits in May to the teens in June to now hitting the 20s. From October 1-7 there were 20 incidents in the capital. On October 7 there were 11 incidents alone including 3 suicide bombers being killed. Most attacks occur in the north and south. This has changed as well because they used to be in the outer towns, now they are in the outskirts of the city itself. Re-infiltrating into Baghdad is another bad trend. If IS follows its previous history the next step will be mass casualty bombings.

In Basra two protest activists and a woman beauty shop owner were gunned down.  There have been a wave attacks recently on woman with this being the latest. The deaths of the demonstrators could also be payback for any number of acts that took place during the summer such as burning Hashd and political offices, and the Iranian consulate.

Central Iraq is where IS is rebuilding. Attacks there surged in the summer and then went down. Incidents remained low in Diyala, 9, and Salahaddin, 4, but went up in Kirkuk with 16. In Diyala, there were two gun battles with insurgents. In Kirkuk, three electricity towers were blown up, a mukhtar was kidnapped, and there were two attacks upon checkpoints. Finally, in Salahaddin a suicide bomber hit a bus carrying workers that left 1 dead and 33 wounded. A Turkmen parliamentarian’s house was hit by a mortar in Tuz Kharmato. That could have been ethnic violence instead of the work of insurgents as that town has been split between Arabs and Kurds, with the Turkmen split between Shiites and Sunnis since the area was liberated. The Islamic State has established control of many of the rural areas in all parts of Diyala, southern Kirkuk, and central and northern Salahaddin. There is little government presence in these areas, which has allowed IS almost free reign to regroup and reform.

Ninewa has become a secondary front. There were just four incidents there during the week. Two bodies were found, and there were two shootings. That is an example of the types of incidents that regularly occur there now.

There was another Turkish air strike in northern Kurdistan. That left 3 PKK members dead. Ankara now carries out weekly air strikes, artillery fire, and search and destroy missions against the PKK, with half in southern Turkey, and the rest in Kurdistan. Back in March, Turkey made a major incursion into Iraq and said it would destroy the PKK’s main base in the Qandil Mountains. After Turkish elections in June, that operation wound down and has now stopped. President Erdogan has said he wants to destroy the PKK, but these types of operations will only pressure on it, and likely provoke it into more attacks.

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
17
18
2
2
1
1
3
3
-
-
Sep
20
12
5
1
-
2
5
5
-
-
Oct
5
7
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

Kirkuk
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars/
Rockets
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
20
2
1
2
-
-
2
-
1
Sep
14
25
2
2
1
3
4
2
-
-
Oct
2
11
-
2
1
1
-
-
-
-

Salahaddin
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars/
Rockets
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
9
15
1
3
-
1
1
1
1
-
Sep
5
10
1
1
-
-
1
1
3
1
Oct
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)

Suicide-Car Bombs In Iraq 2018
Month
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Totals
Jan
7
(1- Diyala,
3 – Baghdad,
3 - Kirkuk)
6
(1- Anbar,
1 – Diyala,
1 – Kirkuk,
1 – Salahaddin,
2 - Babil)
13
Feb
4
(1 – Anbar
1 – Diyala
1 – Kirkuk
1 - Ninewa)
-
4
Mar
2
(1 – Kirkuk
1 - Salahaddin)
1
(1 – Kirkuk)
3
Apr
4
(1 - Salahaddin
3 – Anbar)
1
(1 – Kirkuk)
5
May
8
(1 – Diyala
1 - Salahaddin)
2 – Baghdad
4 - Kirkuk)
-
8
Jun

1
(1 – Salahaddin)
1
Jul
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
1
(1 – Kirkuk)
2
Aug
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
2
(1 – Anbar,
1 – Kirkuk)
3
Sep
6
(1 – Ninewa)
2 – Anbar
3 – Salahaddin)
2
(1 – Kirkuk
1 – Salahaddin)
8
Oct
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
1
(1 – Anbar)
2

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
Aug 15-21
45
26
45
Aug 22-28
42
29
64
Aug 29-31
33
69
44
AUG
216
224
(209 Violent Deaths)
234
Sep 1-7
45
46
61
Sep 8-14
57
67
127
Sep 15-21
50
93
71
Sep 22-28
47
27
33
Sep 29-30
11
20
29
SEP
210
253
(195 Violent Deaths)
321
Oct 1-7
60
88
94

Violence By Province Oct 1-7 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian
6 Wounded
2 ISF
4 Civilians

1 IED
1 Car Bomb
Baghdad
20 Incidents
12 Killed
1 ISF
11 Civilians
32 Wounded
2 ISF
30 Civilians

5 Shootings
4 IEDs
7 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
1 Grenade
3 Suicide Bombers Killed
Basra
3 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians
Diyala
9 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
2 Wounded
1 Civilian
1 ISF

5 Shootings
3 IEDs
4 Sound Bombs
Kirkuk
16 Incidents
5 Killed
2 ISF
3 Civilians
19 Wounded
4 Hashd
6 ISF
9 Civilians

2 Shootings
11 IEDs
Kurdistan
2 Incidents
57 Killed
3 PKK
54 Civilians

1 Turkish Air Strike
Ninewa
4 Incidents
6 Killed
6 Civilians

2 Shootings
Salahaddin
4 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
35 Wounded
35 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Mortar

SOURCES

Baghdad Post, "Mortar shell hit hose of Turkmen MP in Tooz," 10/2/18

Bas News, "Basra: Two Women, One Man Assassinated," 10/7/18
- "IS Assassinates Village Chief near Kirkuk," 10/3/18

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Iraq's Hawija turns dark as Islamic State continues to target electricity pylons," Iraqi News, 9/10/18
- "Iraqi security thwart terrorist attack against Shiite visitors in Baghdad," Iraqi News, 10/7/18

Mostafa, Mohamed, "Corpses of 54 slain by Islamic State found in Kurdistan region," Iraqi News, 10/6/18
- "Islamic State militants kill 3 Iraqis in shoot-and-run attack in Mosul," Iraqi News, 10/6/18
- "One killed, others wounded, including police, in Salahuddin, Anbar blasts," Iraqi News, 10/6/18

Nehal, Mostafa, "Two bodies of kidnapped civilians found, north of Mosul: Police," Iraqi News, 10/4/18

NINA, "1 Policeman Killed, 2 Others Wounded, West Of Kirkuk," 10/7/18
- "2 Electricity Towers Destroyed By IEDs South Of Kirkuk and Electricity In Alam District Halt A Result," 10/4/18
- "An attack by Daesh on two sites of the tribal crowd foiled northeast of Baquba," 10/1/18
- "An officer and a civilian wounded and a terrorist arrested in Kirkuk," 10/6/18
- "Civilian killed in armed attack east Mosul," 10/1/18

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