Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Security In Iraq Oct 15-21, 2018

(Iraqi News)

Incidents have been higher in October than previous months. This has been due to continued Islamic State rebuilding in central Iraq, and the group returning to Anbar and Baghdad. Turkey continues to hit the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Kurdistan as well every week.

There were 56 incidents from October 15-21. That went along with 50 the week before and 60 the first week of October. Previously there had been 40-50 incidents per week since April.

Kirkuk with 13 and Baghdad with 12 led the country in incidents. This was the first time since August that the capital province didn’t have the most violence. Attacks in Kirkuk on the other hand, have gone back up recently.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Oct 15-21, 2018
Babil 1
Dohuk 2
Kurdistan 2
Anbar 6
Ninewa 6
Salahaddin 6
Diyala 8
Baghdad 12
Kirkuk 13

Casualties In Iraq By Province Oct 15-21, 2018
Kurdistan 3 (3 K)
Salahaddin 8 (6 K, 2 W)
Anbar 10 (8 K, 2 W)
Dohuk 12 (12 K)
Baghdad 15 (6 K, 9 W)
Diyala 16 (8 K, 8 W)
Kirkuk 23 (8 K, 15 W)
Ninewa 38 (37 K, 1 W)

There were 88 deaths and 37 wounded reported in Iraq from October 15-22. 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 15 PKK, 19 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 52 civilians lost their lives. 8 Hashd, 13 civilians, and 16 ISF were injured as well. 28 bodies were found in Mosul and the Sinjar district leaving 60 violent deaths during the week.

It’s apparent now that IS has returned to Anbar. There were 6 incidents there during the week. That included a shooting at a checkpoint, two home invasions where an Imam and tribal Hashd fighter were killed, and an attack upon an ISF base outside Ramadi. Before most of the Islamic State’s activity was concentrated in the center, now they are returning to some of their old haunts like Anbar.

A similar story is playing out in Baghdad. There attacks have gone from single digits to the teens over the last several months. There were 12 the third week of October, the same as the week before. These all remain small scale like shootings and IEDs, but they are now taking place within the northern and southern sections of the city such as Shaab and Dora when before they were in the outer villages like Mahmduiya, Tarmiya, etc.

Incidents have been down in Diyala and Salahaddin since the summer, but have gone back up in Kirkuk. There were 6 incidents in Salahaddin, 8 in Diyala, and 13 in Kirkuk. In Diyala, 2 IEDs were set off outside the house of a Peshmerga member and a mukhtar was assassinated in Khanaqin in the northeast, a family of three was killed inside its house in Jalawla also in the northeast, and an ISF member had his house shot at in Muqtadiya in the center. In Kirkuk, there was a shootout with insurgents in Rashad in the south, two villages were attacked, a bus was shot up on the highway to Baghdad, and 7 suicide bombers were killed in two separate incidents. In Salahaddin there were a series of IEDs. These three provinces are the heart of IS’s rebuilding effort. It has re-established itself in several rural areas and expanded its control. It attacks villages that resist its presence or don’t pay taxes, it has gone after local officials and security forces. It also has access to Kirkuk city. The government has been completely ineffective in stopping this re-birth. Its forces have little presence in these places, the population is intimidated and not providing good intelligence, and the constant security sweeps result in little.

There were also 6 incidents in Ninewa. That included a councilman being killed and two attacks upon the security forces that killed 4 police and wounded 1 other. This is another area where the insurgents are growing bolder although the total number of incidents remains very low.

Finally, there were three Turkish air strikes upon PKK positions in Kurdistan. In a rare event, the Kurdish group attacked Turkish forces at a base they have at Mount Chyadel which is by the Iraq, Iran, Turkey border. Every week now Ankara hits the Kurds in northern Kurdistan. This is the first time in months that the PKK has counter attacked within Iraq. Usually, all their operations are within Turkey.

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
10
16
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
9
24
1
3
1
1
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
2
9
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)
2
(1 – Anbar
1 - Kirkuk)
3

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
Oct 8-14
50
169
48
Oct 15-21
56
88
37

Violence By Province Oct 15-21, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
6 Incidents
8 Killed
3 Civilians
5 ISF
2 Wounded
2 ISF

5 Shootings
1 IED
Babil
1 Incident

2 Sticky Bomb
Baghdad
12 Incidents
6 Killed
6 Civilians
9 Wounded
9 Civilians

8 Shootings
1 IED
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Sound Bomb
Diyala
8 Incidents
8 Killed
2 Hashd
6 Civilians
8 Wounded
1 Civilian
7 Hashd

4 Shootings
7 IEDs
Dohuk
2 Incidents
12 Killed
12 PKK

2 Turkish Air Strikes
Kirkuk
13 Incidents
8 Killed
2 Civilians
6 ISF
15 Wounded
3 Civilians
12 ISF

5 Shootings
8 IEDs
7 Suicide Bombers Killed
Kurdistan
2 Incidents
3 Killed
3 PKK

1 Turkish Ari Strike
Ninewa
6 Incidents
37 Killed
5 ISF
32 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 ISF

3 Shootings
1 IED
Salahaddin
6 Incidents
6 Killed
3 Civilians
3 ISF
2 Wounded
1 Hashd
1 ISF

5 IEDs

SOURCES

Baghdad Post, "4 ISIS suicide bombers killed in Kirkuk," 10/17/18

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Iraqi family killed as unidentified gunmen storm house in Diyala," Iraqi News, 10/21/18

Al Hurra, “Victims… The exhumation of the remains of 851 children,” 10/18/18

Iraq Newspaper, "Mukhtar Assassinated In The Village Of Karim Daoud Of Khanaqin District (Kassim Kandah Mahmoud)," 10/21/18

Al Maalomah, "Martyrdom of a member of the crowd in armed attack west of Ramadi," 10/20/18
- "Three men were killed while trying to attack a security checkpoint west Anbar," 10/19/18

Mostafa, Mohamed, "Islamic State attack security outpost in western Iraq," Iraqi News, 10/19/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "Four Iraqi police personnel killed in two Islamic State attacks in Mosul," Iraqi News, 10/21/18
- "Imam of mosque killed in wake of sermon urging fighting Islamic State militants in Anbar," Iraqi News, 10/19/18
- "Iraqi police kill three suicide attacks, southwest of Kirkuk," Iraqi News 10/19/18

Nawzad, Kosar, "Turkey shells Kurdistan Region, claims it killed 12 PKK members," 10/17/18

NINA, "3 Terrorists From PKK Neutralized In A Turkish Raid In Northern Iraq," 10/18/18
- "A Child Killed An Attack On A House Of A Security Personnel," 10/16/18
- "The martyrdom of an officer and wounding two policemen from the federal police in clash with Daash elements west

NRT, "Clashes Erupt Between PKK Fighters And Turkish Army In Kurdistan Region," 10/21/18

Shafaaq News, "The assassination of a government official and a policeman in Ninewa," 10/16/18
- "URGENT: Violent clashes in Kirkuk," 10/21/18

Sotaliraq, "A mass grave of Yazidis was found southwest of Tal Afar," 10/15/18
- "Two explosions in Khanaqin," 10/15/18

Al Sumaria, "Injuries during Daash attack targeting a bus carrying civilians on the Baghdad-Mosul road," 10/17/18

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