Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Security In Iraq Oct 22-28, 2018

(Iraqi News)

After three weeks with a high number of security incidents things finally cooled off during the fourth week of October. One reason might be the increased security for the Arbaeen pilgrimage going on in Iraq.

There was a total of 31 incidents from October 22-28 in Iraq. That was the lowest weekly total so far in the month with 60 the first week, 50 the second, and 56 the third. Things were so quiet that no incidents were reported in Salahaddin for example. Baghdad was the only province in double figures with 11.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Oct 22-28, 2018
Kurdistan 1
Anbar 2
Ninewa 3
Kirkuk 5
Diyala 9
Baghdad 11

Casualties In Iraq By Province Oct 22-28, 2018
Anbar 4 (4 W)
Kurdistan 4 (4 K)
Kirkuk 5 (3 K, 2 W)
Diyala 6 (3 K, 3 W)
Baghdad 8 (6 K, 2 W)
Ninewa 55 (12 K, 43 W)

28 people were killed and 54 were wounded during the week. Ninewa led the country in casualties due to a car bomb with 55. 4 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 5 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 19 civilians died, and 54 civilians were wounded.

There were only two incidents in Anbar, but one of them was a suicide motorcycle bomber that hit a market in Amiriya Fallujah in the east. Luckily only 4 people were wounded. This was the second suicide bombing of the month. Overall, there are still few incidents in the province week to week, but the types of attacks show a decided increase in intensity by the insurgents.

Baghdad had the most incidents in the nation, but there were only 11 of them. Most were shootings. The number of incidents has steadily climbed upward over the last several months showing that the Islamic State is attempting a comeback there. Attacks are still far and few between given the size of Baghdad city however.

Since the summer the number of incidents in central Iraq has fallen off. This week there were no attacks reported in Salahaddin. In Diyala there were 9 and 5 in Kirkuk. The former had 4 mortar attacks and the brother of a police colonel was kidnapped. In Kirkuk a mortar was fired at a checkpoint in the Hawija district in the south, and there was a gun fight with an ISF patrol in the Hamrin Mountains.

Ninewa is another province IS is making a return to. There were just three incidents but one of them was a car bomb that hit a restaurant in Qayara south of Mosul. A total of 7 people were killed and 40 wounded as a result. That was the third car bomb of the month. 5 people were also kidnapped and executed in Baaj in the west for cooperating with the government forces. Like Anbar, there are still few incidents in this governorate each week, but the types of attacks show that IS has renewed interest there.

Finally, another sign that IS is picking up its operations is the number of suicide and car bombs. During the summer there was a major dip in these types of attacks with just 1 in June, 2 in July and 3 in August. In September however there were 8. So far in October there have been 2 suicide bombers and 3 car bombs for a total of 5. Most of these are occurring in outlying towns. The next step will be for IS to target major urban centers. The speed with which the Islamic State has been able to regroup means that could happen sooner rather than later.

Last Turkey continues to hit PKK positions in northern Kurdistan. An air strike killed 4 members of the Kurdish group.

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
11
18
2
-
-
1
-
4
-
-

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
10
27
2
4
1
1
2
2
-
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
2
(1 - Anbar
1 – Salahaddin)
3
(1 – Anbar
1 – Kirkuk
1 - Ninewa)
5

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
Oct 22-28
31
28
54

Violence By Province Oct 22-28, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
2 Incidents
4 Wounded
4 Civilians

1 Suicide Motorcycle Bomb
2 Sound Bombs Dismantled
Baghdad
11 Incidents
6 Killed
6 Civilians
2 Wounded
2 Wounded

7 Shootings
4 IEDs
Diyala
9 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Civilian
2 ISF
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
4 Mortars
Kirkuk
5 Incidents
3 Killed
1 ISF
2 Civilians
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

1 Shooting
3 IEDs
1 Mortar
Kurdistan
1 Incident
4 Killed
4 PKK

1 Turkish Air Strike
Ninewa
3 Incidents
12 Killed
2 ISF
10 Civilians
43 Wounded
43 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Car Bomb

SOURCES

Anadolu Agency, "Turkey neutralizes 4 PKK militants in northern Iraq," 10/28/18

Bas News, "Hashd al-Shaabi, Iraqi Army Attacked in Kirkuk," 10/27/18

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Iraqi policeman killed in Islamic Stat attack on police patrol in Kirkuk," Iraqi News, 10/28/18

Al Forat, "URGENT A suicide bomber blows himself up amid Fallujah," 10/23/18

Al Ghad Press, "3 mortar shells landed on a village in Jalawla, northeast Diyala," 10/24/18
- "Kidnapping of a sheep herder-brother of a police colonel northeast Diyala," 10/26/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "Islamic State executes civilians over cooperation with Iraqi army, west of Mosul," Iraqi News, 10/26/18
- "Mortar missiles fired by Islamic State for the second time, northeast of Diyala," Iraqi News, 10/28/18
- "Three mortar missiles fired, likely by Islamic State members, northeast of Diyala," Iraqi News, 10/23/18

The New Arab, "Seven killed in market car bombing near Iraq's Mosul," 10/24/18

NINA, "Four civilians wounded in suicide bombing in Amiryat Al-Falluja," 10/23/18
- "Two mortar shells landed in an orchard northeast of Baquba," 10/27/18

Reuters, "Car bomb kills six, wounds 30 near Iraq's Mosul," 10/23/18

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