Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Security In Iraq Jan 22-28, 2019

(Shafaaq News)

The third week of January 2019 was another relatively quiet one in Iraq. There were few incidents, while casualties were up from the previous week.

There were 27 incidents reported in Iraq from January 22-28. 5 of those were Turkish air strikes on northern Kurdistan. That left 22 attacks by the Islamic State. Diyala had the most incidents with 9 while there were only one each in Baghdad and Ninewa. There have been 20-30 incidents per week since the end of October 2017. That started the Islamic State’s hibernation during the winter.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Anbar
6
3
2
4
Babil
-
1
-
-
Baghdad
3
4
2
1
Diyala
5
7
6
9
Kirkuk
10
7
8
3
KRG
1
2
3
5
Ninewa
3
3
-
1
Salahaddin
4
5
1
4
TOTALS
32
32
22
27

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Anbar
4 (1K, 3)
30 (4K, 26W)
2 (2W)
9 (5K, 4W)
Babil
-
2 (2W)
-
-
Baghdad
3 (3K)
3 (3K)
2 (2K)
1 (1K)
Diyala
2 (2W)
3 (1K, 2W)
10 (6K, 4W)
15 (3K, 12W)
Kirkuk
16 (2K, 14W)
11 (5K, 6W)
13 (3K, 10W)
3 (2K, 1W)
KRG
7 (7K)
3 (3K)
6 (6K)
19 (19K)
Ninewa
3 (3K)
69 (69K)
-
2 (2K)
Salahaddin
6 (1K, 5)
29 (12K, 17W)
-
18 (4K, 14W)
TOTALS
41 (17K, 24W)
150 (97K, 53W)
33 (17K, 16W)
67 (36K, 31W)

There were 36 deaths and 31 wounded during the week. 6 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 15 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and 15 civilians lost their lives. 1 Asayesh, 15 civilians and 15 ISF were injured as well. Salahaddin had 18 casualties with another 15 in Diyala.

There were four incidents in Anbar. Those were all in the center spread from the Fallujah district to Haditha. In the later, IS executed two farmers, and kidnapped two others. The Islamic State has been relatively quiet in Anbar since the fall, but has been more active there this month.

Baghdad is another province that IS has largely pulled back from. There was only one incident, which was a shooting in Abu Ghraib in the west. The capital used to be the main target for terrorist attacks, but that has not been true for more than a year now.

Central Iraq is where the insurgency is rebuilding. In Diyala there were 9 incidents. That included a town being attacked in Jalawla in the northeast, an army base being hit by mortar fire, and two checkpoints attacked. 6 of those attacks happened in the Abu Saida area in the center-west. In previous weeks most incidents were occurring in Khanaqin in the northeast and Muqtadiya in the center. For example, an official noted that the militants were targeting checkpoints in both districts. Now however Abu Saida is blowing up. On January 22, a local official there said IS was using the area as a base. The next day the district head told the media most of the villages in the south like Mukhisa were under insurgent control and the security forces were constantly threatened. The Diyala police chief denied that claim, and yet on January 24 local residents started a two day sit-in protest over IS violence there. January 25 the head of the Abu Saida security committee reported that the ISF began cutting off roads and would be focusing upon Mukhisa and Abu Karma. That same day a Diyala parliamentarian appealed to the prime minister to secure the district, again naming Mukhisa. The fact that IS are hitting these areas consistently shows a new level of boldness for the insurgency there. In Kirkuk, there were 3 incidents including two mukhtars who were kidnapped and freed by the security forces, and a suicide car bomb in Riyad in the south. That was the third vehicle bomb of the month. There was just one shooting in Ninewa. Finally, there were 4 incidents in Salahaddin. In Shirqat, IS laid an IED that hit a bus full of police. When other security elements arrived they were hit with a second explosion. In total, 3 police were killed, along with 1 civilian and 7 police and 5 civilians were injured. A Salahaddin councilman warned that the insurgents were still in the Hamrin Mountains that straddle the Salahaddin-Diyala border. This is one of the areas IS retreated to when the conventional war with the Iraqi government ended.

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
5
4
1
-
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
17
2
2
5
-
-
1
5
-
-

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
-
3
-
2
-
1

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
4
-
-
-
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
5
5
3
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)
3
(1 – Anbar
1 – Kirkuk
1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
4

Security In Iraq 2018-19
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
62
45
63
Jan 8-14
58
58
70
Jan 15-21
62
151
151
Jan 22-28
59
140
65
Jan 29-31
24
21
21
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
Jan 22-28
27
36
31

Violence By Province Jan 22-28, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
4 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Civilians
4 Wounded
4 Civilians

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
Baghdad
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
Diyala
9 Incidents
3 Killed
1 ISF
2 Civilians
12 Wounded
1 Asayesh
4 Civilians
7 ISF

6 Shootings
1 IED
1 Mortar
Kirkuk
3 Incidents
2 Killed
2 ISF
1 Wounded
1 ISF

1 Suicide Car Bomb
Kurdistan
5 Incidents
19 Killed
4 Civilians
15 PKK

5 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
1 Incident
2 Killed
2 Civilians

1 Shooting
Salahaddin
4 Incidents
4 Killed
1 Civilian
3 ISF
14 Wounded
7 Civilians
7 ISF

1 Shooting
3 IEDs

SOURCES

Anadolu Agency, "Turkish army 'neutralizes' 21 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq," 1/24/19

Baghdad Post, "Civilian killed by armed attack west of Baghdad," 1/28/19
- "Killing and wounding five terrorists and the liberation of Mukhtar Mahalla kidnapped by a federal operation west of Daquq," 1/25/19

Bas News, "Car Bomb Kills Two Iraqi Police Officers," 1/23/19
- "Khanaqin: Kurdish Security Forces Attacked by Unknown Armed Men," 1/27/19
- "[PICTURES]: Couple Assassinated in Mosul," 1/27/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Back-to-back blasts kill 3, wound 11 in Iraq's Salahuddin," Iraqi News, 1/27/19
- "Bomb explosion wounds two Iraqi children in Anbar," Iraqi News, 1/23/19
- "Islamic State kills two Iraqis, kidnaps another in Iraq's Anbar," Iraqi News, 1/28/19

Al Forat, “URGENT Diyala police chief of Euphrates: There is no truth to the fall of the villages of Abu Saida and chasing Daash cells,” 1/23/19

Kurdistan 24, "Six killed, a dozen injured in different attacks in south Mosul," 1/27/19

Al Maalomah, "A civilian and his wife were killed and their children were injured when a roadside bomb exploded in western Anbar," 1/24/19
- "Civilian death of an armed attack in Ramadi," 1/25/19
- “Salahaddin Council reveals new moves by Daesh in Mount Hamrin,” 1/24/19

Al Mirbad, “Muqtadiya: Sniping is a new method for cells to promote the targeting of security points,” 1/28/19

NINA, “Local official in Diyala demands the clearing of agricultural land between Waqf Basin and Abu Saida,” 1/22/19
- “Residents of Abu Kerma village continue their sit-in for the second day in protest against repeated security violations,” 1/25/19
- "Security Forces Thwart An Attack To Daesh, Northeast Of Baquba," 1/25/19
- “Security official: start the implementation of a plan to track the feathers in the groves of Waqf Basin north-east of Baquba,” 1/25/19
- "Three soldiers were wounded by mortar fire northeast of Baquba," 1/26/19
- "Three terrorists were killed and a Mukhtar was released in Hawija district west of Kirkuk," 1/27/19

Shafaaq News, “An appeal from Diyala over constant bombardment: fear, terror and ethnic cleansing,” 1/25/19
- "Five wounded in a raid on a checkpoint in Khanaqin," 1/26/19
- "Urgent: Daesh attacks an Iraqi city, the people and the army are fighting them," 1/24/19

Sotaliraq, "Four civilians killed by Turkish shelling of the Kurdistan region," 1/23/19
- "Seven policemen were killed and wounded in Salahaddin," 1/27/19

Al Sumaria, “Director of Abu Saida area: Most of the villages in the south of the area are under the control of Daesh,” 1/23/19

Xinhua, "4 killed, 8 injured in 2 bomb attacks in central Iraq," 1/27/19


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