Friday, November 16, 2018

Security In Iraq Nov 8-14, 2018

(Shafaaq News)

Security remained relatively stable from the first to second week of November. There were around the same number of incidents and casualties as well. There was another car bomb, which showed the Islamic State’s return to mass casualty attacks. There was also a large number of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members killed in Turkish air strikes.

There were 42 incidents reported from November 8-14. That was similar to the previous weeks when there were 38 incidents. Unlike any previous week Kurdistan led the country in incidents with 8 followed by 7 each in Salahaddin and Ninewa. For months now Baghdad had the most incidents, but it only had 6 this week, which was a low as the province had been averaging double figures.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Nov 8-14, 2018
Anbar 3
Diyala 5
Baghdad 6
Kirkuk 6
Ninewa 7
Salahaddin 7
Kurdistan 8

Casualties In Iraq By Province Nov 8-14, 2018
Baghdad 3 (2 K, 1 W)
Kirkuk 3 (3K)
Diyala 5 (1 K, 4 W)
Anbar 20 (19 K, 1 W)
Salahaddin 25 (25 K)
Ninewa 27 (14 K, 13 W)
Kurdistan 48 (48 K)

112 people were killed and only 19 wounded. 1 Peshmerga, 4 Hashd al-Shaabi, 4 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 48 PKK, and 58 civilians lost their lives. 1 ISF and 18 civilians were also injured. There were 24 bodies discovered in a mass grave in Salahaddin, leaving 88 violent deaths. Half of those occurred in Kurdistan.

There were eight Turkish air strikes in northern Kurdistan during the week that left 48 PKK members dead. In comparison, 19 PKK were killed in all of October in five air attacks. This was obviously a large escalation by Ankara.

Baghdad had been leading the country in incidents for several weeks now, but that ended during the second week of November. There were just 6 incidents versus 11 the week before and the week before that. The most notable one was a suicide bomber that was intercepted in Tarmiya in the outer north region of the governorate.

Central Iraq had a combined 18 incidents. In Diyala there was mortar fire on Khan Bani Saad in the southwest and some IS fighters were caught trying to infiltrate into Sadiya in the west. In Kirkuk there was a gun battle with insurgents in Kirkuk city, and a car bomb was found during a sweep in the Hawija district in the south. In Salahaddin a checkpoint in Tuz Kharmato in the east was shot at, and then at the end of the week three IEDs went off in that town. The Baiji refinery received some mortar fire. There was a report that Islamic State fighters were regrouping in four villages along the Diyala-Salahaddin border. This is the core area for the Islamic State. It has re-established itself throughout the rural areas of these three provinces.

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
22
2
-
1
1
-
4
-
-
Nov
5
6
2
1
-
-
1
1
-
-

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
16
29
1
4
4
1
4
2
-
1
Nov
5
4
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
1
-
Nov
3
7
2
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)

Although there were only three incidents in Anbar there were increased security concerns in the province. One major attack occurred in Garma in the east where IS gunmen dressed in military uniforms entered the home of a local sheikh/tribal Hashd leader and executed 19 people. Despite the Defense Ministry claiming that the border with Syria was secure, there were reports that IS fighters had crossed into the province in the last two weeks. Even before those stories, the militants were making a return to Anbar. The number of attacks have remained small, but they were more sophisticated such as the assassinations in Garma.

Another province going through a similar experience was Ninewa. That was highlighted by a car bomb that hit a restaurant in Mosul. This was significant because Kirkuk city was the only major city that IS was able to set off a vehicle bomb in previously. The terrorists have been picking up such attacks in the last three months. There was also an attack upon a village. Another sign of renewed insurgent presence was the killing of 20 IS members in Makhmour on August 8 and then 13 more in that same area on November 10 by Coalition jets.

Islamic State Activity in Anbar 2018
Anbar
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jun
4
3
2
-
-
1
-
-
Jul
3
5
1
-
-
-
-
-
Aug
4
4
2
1
-
-
-
1
Sep
3
8
-
-
-
-
2
-
Oct
9
5
3
1
1
2
1
1
Nov
1
1
-
-
1
-
-
-

Islamic State Activity in Ninewa 2018
Ninewa
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jun
7
2
3
1
-
-
-
-
-
Jul
9
9
1
1
1
1
2
-
-
Aug
9
9
2
-
-
1
1
-
-
Sep
8
3
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
Oct
13
5
-
1
-
1
-
-
1
Nov
3
2
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
Nov
-
2
(1 - Ninewa
1 – Salahaddin)
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
Oct 8-14
50
169
48
Oct 15-21
56
88
37
Oct 22-28
31
28
54
Oct 29-31
25
10
24
OCT
222
383
(193 Violent Deaths)
257
Nov 1-7
38
80
46
Nov 8-14
42
112
19

Violence By Province Nov 8-14, 2018
Anbar
3 Incident
19 Killed
1 Hashd
18 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
1 Sticky Bomb
Baghdad
6 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

3 Shootings
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
Diyala
5 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
4 Wounded
1 ISF
3 Civilians

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Mortar
Kirkuk
6 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Hashd
1 Peshmerga

3 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Kurdistan
8 Incidents
48 Killed
48 PKK

8 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
7 Incidents
14 Killed
1 Hashd
4 ISF
9 Civilians
13 Wounded
13 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Car Bomb
Salahaddin
7 Incidents
25 Killed
1 Hashd
24 Civilians

1 Shooting
4 IEDs
1 Mortar

SOURCES

Al Alam "Found a mass grave in Salahaddin," 11/14/18

Anadolu Agency, "Turkish jets neutralize 19 terrorists in N. Iraq," 11/14/18

Bas News, "IS Attacks Iraqi Federal Police in Central Kirkuk," 11/14/18

Channel News Asia, "Turkish air strikes 'neutralise' 15 Kurdish militants in Iraq - military," 11/10/18

Al Forat, "Pictures. A bombing of a Kia booby trapped van south Hawija," 11/14/18

Al Ghad Press, "3 civilians killed in a surprise attack on a village in Ninewa," 11/8/18
- "The outbreak of armed clashes between the popular crowd and Daesh in Khanaqin," 11/13/18

Husameddin, Hiwa, “Kirkuk villagers say ISIS avoid Iraqi forces which only set up on main roads,” Rudaw, 11/13/18

Al Mada, “Daesh renewed activity in the liberated areas without a firm government response,” 11/13/18

Mostafa, Nehal, "13 people killed, injured in an explosion near restaurant, west of Mosul," Iraqi News, 11/8/18
- "Iraqi security troops repulse suicide attack, north of Bagdad: Command," Iraqi News, 11/10/18
- "Two Palestinians wounded as mortar missile shot in Iraq's Diyala," Iraqi News, 11/8/18

Naji, Jamal, Kullab, Samya, “Islamic State incursions highlight Iraq’s counter-insurgency challenges,” Iraq Oil Report, 11/15/18

NINA, “A Local Source In Diyala: Daesh Is Resuming Its Activity In Abandoned Villages Near Administrative Border With Salahuddin,” 11/11/18

Reuters, "Turkish air strike 'neutralizes' 14 Kurdish militants in Iraq: military," 11/11/18

Rudaw, “Iraq-Syria border is secure, ISIS not a threat, says Ministry of Defence,” 11/8/18
- “ISIS resurgence? Coalition confirms 55 ISIS members killed in 2 days in Iraq,” 11/11/18

Shafaaq News, "Mosul blast ends with 16 dead and wounded, including workers from Abu Leila," 11/8/18

Sotaliraq, "A checkpoint in Al-Tuz was subjected to an armed attack," 11/12/18
- "Three explosions shaking Tuz Kharmato," 11/15/18

Turkmeneli Cephesi, "URGENT Two explosions rock Tuz Kharmato," 11/14/18


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