Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Security In Iraq Jan 15-21, 2019

(Iraqi News)

Iraq was relatively quiet during the third week of January 2018. There were few incidents and few casualties. The Islamic State has been operating at a very low level since the winter. Turkey on the other hand continued with its weekly strikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

There were only 22 security incidents reported in Iraq from January 15-21. Four of those were not related to the Islamic State. Kirkuk led the country with 8 incidents followed by 6 in Diyala. There were also three Turkish air strikes in northern Kurdistan targeting the PKK.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Anbar
6
3
2
Babil
-
1
-
Baghdad
3
4
2
Diyala
5
7
6
Kirkuk
10
7
8
KRG
1
2
3
Ninewa
3
3
-
Salahaddin
4
5
1
TOTALS
32
32
22

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Anbar
4 (1K, 3)
30 (4K, 26W)
2 (2W)
Babil
-
2 (2W)
-
Baghdad
3 (3K)
3 (3K)
2 (2K)
Diyala
2 (2W)
3 (1K, 2W)
10 (6K, 4W)
Kirkuk
16 (2K, 14W)
11 (5K, 6W)
13 (3K, 10W)
KRG
7 (7K)
3 (3K)
6 (6K)
Ninewa
3 (3K)
69 (69K)
-
Salahaddin
6 (1K, 5)
29 (12K, 17W)
-
TOTALS
41 (17K, 24W)
150 (97K, 53W)
33 (17K, 16W)

There were a total of 33 casualties during the week. 17 people lost their lives including 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 4 civilians, 5 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 6 PKK. Another 16 people were wounded made up of 4 ISF, 5 civilians, and 7 Hashd. Kirkuk had the most casualties with 13 followed by 10 in Diyala.

The Islamic State has largely pulled out of Anbar and Baghdad resulting in few attacks there. In the former there was only one incident by the insurgents when a car bomb was discovered and dismantled in Fallujah. The other incident was caused when someone threw a grenade at the house of a family associated with IS in the Hit district and left two people wounded. These types of revenge attacks are quite common throughout central and northern Iraq as the militants left a deep wound in Iraqi society. People linked with IS have been banned from certain areas, detained and assaulted as a result. In the capital province there were two shootings that were likely the work of the Islamic State that left 2 people killed. Since the fall there has been a sharp decline in incidents in both provinces marking IS’s withdrawal from those areas.

Central Iraq remains the area where the insurgency is most active. There were no incidents in Ninewa during the week, and only one in Salahaddin, but 6 incidents in Diyala and 8 in Kirkuk. In Diyala there were three attacks upon checkpoints, two policemen’s houses were burned, and a town was hit by mortar fire. Half the attacks took place in the Khanaqin district in the northeast. A local mukhtar claimed that people had fled 20 villages in that area due to IS attacks. IS moved into Khanaqin after the federal government took over from the Kurds in the wake of the independence referendum because there are not enough forces deployed there and a lack of coordination between them. The other incidents were in the center of the governorate. In Kirkuk, two people were kidnapped and three houses of Hashd members were blown up with IEDs. The rural districts of these provinces are where IS has been rebuilding for the last year or more. There is little government presence there allowing the militants room to regroup and carry out operations. They have gone after local officials and the security forces to assert their control, and taxed villages to raise money.

Islamic State Activity in Iraq 2018-19
Anbar
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Mortars/
Rockets
Kidnappings
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
8
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
1
Feb
3
8
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
Mar
6
15
3
2
-
1
1
-
-
Apr
1
5
1
-
-
-
-
3
-
May
2
7
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
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
3
-
-
1
-
1
-
-
Dec
1
4
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
Jan 2019
3
2
1
-
1
-
-
1
1

Diyala
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 2018
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
17
13
5
2
1
1
4
4
-
-
Dec
15
10
3
3
-
1
1
2
-
-
Jan 2019
11
1
2
3
-
-
-
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 2018
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
7
7
2
-
-
2
-
1
-
-
Dec
8
6
-
-
1
3
1
2
-
-
Jan 2019
7
17
-
3
-
1
-
2
-
-

Ninewa
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
18
8
7
1
1
-
-
-
-
Feb
19
7
8
1
-
1
-
1
-
Mar
20
6
7
1
-
1
-
-
-
Apr
8
6
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
May
11
6
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
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
9
7
2
1
-
-
3
-
1
Dec
8
6
1
-
3
1
-
-
1
Jan 2019
3
-
-
-
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 2018
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
5
7
2
2
-
1
-
1
-
2
Dec
4
-
2
1
-
1
-
1
-
-
Jan 2019
4
2
2
1
-
3
-
-
-
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 2018-19
Month
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Totals
Jan
7
(1- Diyala,
3 – Baghdad/Baghdad,
3 - Kirkuk)
6
(1- Anbar,
1 – Diyala,
1 – Kirkuk,
1 – Salahaddin,
2 - Babil)
13
Feb
4
(1 – Anbar/Ramadi
1 – Diyala
1 – Kirkuk
1 - Ninewa)
-
4
Mar
2
(1 – Kirkuk/Kirkuk
1 - Salahaddin)
1
(1 – Kirkuk)
3
Apr
4
(1 - Salahaddin
3 – Anbar)
1
(1 – Kirkuk/Kirkuk)
5
May
8
(1 – Diyala
1 - Salahaddin)
2 – Baghdad/1 - Baghdad
4 - Kirkuk)
-
8
Jun

1
(1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
1
Jul
1
(1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
1
(1 – Kirkuk/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/Fallujah
1 – Salahaddin)
3
(1 – Anbar/Fallujah
1 – Kirkuk/Kirkuk
1 - Ninewa)
5
Nov
-
3
(1 – Ninewa/Mosul
2 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
3
Dec
-
1
(1 – Ninewa)
1
Jan
1
(1 – Anbar)
2
(1 – Anbar
1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
3

Security In Iraq 2018-19
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
JAN 2018
265
417
(196 Bodies Found)
366
Feb 1-7
58
192
62
Feb 8-14
57
58
91
Feb 15-21
53
343
43
Feb 22-28
46
38
70
FEB
214
631
(215 Violent Deaths)
266
Mar 1-7
68
115
79
Mar 8-14
52
75
59
Mar 15-21
64
165
98
Mar 22-28
77
210
61
Mar 29-31
19
26
34
MAR
280
591
(446 Violent Deaths)
331
Apr 1-7
38
172
27
Apr 8-14
60
173
81
Apr 15-21
43
63
72
Apr 22-28
40
60
39
Apr 29-30
12
14
4
APR
193
482
(236 Violent Deaths)
223
May 1-7
45
52
55
May 8-14
55
68
49
May 15-21
35
55
80
May 22-28
49
72
51
May 29-31
16
39
15
MAY
200
286
(261 Violent Deaths)
250
Jun 1-7
50
96
29
Jun 8-14
67
107
88
Jun 15-21
40
82
19
Jun 22-28
45
53
62
Jun 29-30
17
21
14
JUN
219
359
(315 Violent Deaths)
212
Jul 1-7
50
56
90
Jul 8-14
42
56
31
Jul 15-21
50
59
63
Jul 22-28
29
61
19
Jul 29-31
23
25
11
JUL
194
257
(212 Violent Deaths)
214
Aug 1-7
43
49
30
Aug 8-14
43
38
44
Aug 15-21
38
24
40
Aug 22-28
35
25
61
Aug 29-31
27
68
43
AUG
186
204
(189 Violent Deaths)
218
Sep 1-7
38
44
54
Sep 8-14
48
63
127
Sep 15-21
44
90
70
Sep 22-28
36
22
27
Sep 29-30
9
19
29
SEP
175
237
(179 Violent Deaths)
307
Oct 1-7
54
85
92
Oct 8-14
43
161
41
Oct 15-21
54
87
35
Oct 22-28
24
24
53
Oct 29-31
23
10
24
OCT
198
367
(177 Violent Deaths)
245
Nov 1-7
32
75
36
Nov 8-14
39
111
19
Nov 15-21
30
51
29
Nov 22-28
26
36
30
Nov 29-30
9
4
27
NOV
136
276
(183 Violent Deaths_
141
Dec 1-7
22
21
11
Dec 8-14
22
15
22
Dec 15-21
23
23
17
Dec 22-28
30
24
37
Dec 29-31
15
225
4
DEC
112
308
(96 Violent Deaths)
91
Jan 1-7
32
17
24
Jan 8-14
32
97
53
Jan 15-21
22
17
16

Violence By Province Jan 15-21, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
2 Incidents
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

1 Grenade
Baghdad
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
Diyala
6 Incidents
6 Killed
2 Hashd
4 ISF
4 Wounded
4 ISF

5 Shootings
1 Mortar
Kirkuk
8 Incidents
3 Killed
1 ISF
2 Civilians
10 Wounded
3 Civilians
7 Hashd

2 Shootings
6 IEDs
Kurdistan
3 Incidents
6 Killed
6 PKK

3 Turkish Air Strikes
Salahaddin
1 Incident

1IED

SOURCES

Al Alam TV, "The killing of PKK members in Turkish raids in northern Iraq," 1/21/19

Baghdad Post, "Aborted attempt to detonate a car bomb in central Fallujah," 1/20/19
- "Civilian killed by armed attack north of Baghdad," 1/16/19
- "Three houses in a village in Kirkuk are bombed," 1/15/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "3 policemen injured in armed attack by Islamic State on Iraqi checkpoint," Iraqi News, 1/15/19
- "Unidentified gunmen shoot Iraqi civilian dead in Baghdad," Iraqi News, 1/21/19

Al Forat, "Death of a second policeman by sniper fire in Diyala," 1/21/19

Al Maalomah, "Two civilians were wounded in an armed attack with a grenade on a Daesh house, west of Ramadi," 1/18/19

NINA, "2 Policemen Killed In A Terrorist Attack On A Security Post Northeast Of Baquba," 1/20/19
- "Daesh kidnapped two civilians south of Kirkuk," 1/17/19
- "A Terrorist Arrested, 3 Mortar Shells Land In A Village East Of Baquba," 1/20/19
- "Two elements of the popular crowd killed in a clash with Daesh terrorists north of Baquba," 1/20/19

Ali, Sangar, “Villagers around Iraq’s Khanaqin, Jalawla evacuate as ISIS attacks increase,” Kurdistan 24, 1/18/19


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