Monday, February 25, 2019

Security In Iraq Feb 15-21, 2019

(Shafaaq News)

There was a large escalation of Islamic State activity in Iraq during the third week of February. The number of security incidents almost doubled from the previous week. That was due to increases in Anbar and Ninewa. There was also a large number of casualties, but that was due to two mass graves being discovered of IS victims in Ninewa.

There were 40 incidents reported in Iraq from February 15-21. The week before there was just 24. This was the highest total since the third week of October 2018. Attacks always go up and down in Iraq, but during the winter the militants largely pulled back from most of Iraq. This could mark a return to its previous level of operations when there were 40-50 incidents per week.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Feb 1-7
Feb 8-14
Feb 15-21
Anbar
4
3
13
Babil
1
-
-
Baghdad
-
2
3
Diyala
8
5
8
Kirkuk
3
8
5
Ninewa
4
2
10
Salahaddin
9
4
1
TOTALS
29
24
40

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Feb 1-7
Feb 8-14
Feb 15-21
Anbar
3 (2K, 1)
7 (4K, 3W)
26 (19K, 7W)
Baghdad
-
2 (2K)
3 (3K)
Diyala
7 (3K, 4W)
5 (2K, 3W)
5 (1K, 4W)
Kirkuk
2 (1K, 1W)
10 (6K, 4W)
11 (10K, 1W)
Ninewa
65 (64K, 1W)
-
78 (78K)
Salahaddin
29 (6K, 23W)
20 (12K, 8W)
1 (1K)
TOTALS
106 (76K, 30W)
44 (26K, 18W)
124 (112K, 12W)

There were 112 killed and 12 wounded during the week. The high number of deaths was due to two mass graves being found in Ninewa, one with 47 bodies and the other with 26. There were also two old cadavers discovered in Anbar. The Iraqi government is still regularly finding the remains of IS’s brutality. That left 37 violent deaths in the third week of February. 3 Hashd al-Shaabi, 13 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 96 civilians lost their lives. Another 1 Hashd, 2 ISF and 9 Civilians were injured. Minus the bodies found Anbar had the most casualties with 26.

Anbar was one of the areas where IS picked up its activities. There were 13 from February 15-21 compared to 3 the week before and 4 the first week of the month. This was the most incidents since the third week of September 2017. The week was marked by four separate kidnappings all likely by IS. That included ISF, Hashd and civilians being abducted. One group of civilians was snatched in Nukhaib and six of their bodies found the next day. The dramatic rise in incidents might be related to the fact that U.S. and Iraqi officials believe that up to 1,000 IS fighters entered western Iraq from Syria as the group is losing its last piece of territory it holds.

Baghdad has ceased to be a target of IS after it was the center of terrorism for years. There were just 3 attacks in the third week of February, all shootings in the towns in the outer northern and southern sections of the province.

There were 8 incidents in Diyala. That included three attacks upon checkpoints, two towns being hit by mortars, a shootout with the insurgents, and a village being assaulted. Most of these attacks occurred in the center and northeast of the province. Before the militants were hitting the Abu Saida district in the west. The government responded with two security sweeps during the week leading to IS to move onto other areas. That highlights the organizations access to nearly all the rural areas of the province. The insurgents regularly leave areas while he government forces are going through them and then return afterward.

Kirkuk was relatively quiet with just five incidents. That did include an attack upon an army camp in the Hawija district in the south that left five soldiers dead. IS is most active in the northern and southern districts.

Ninewa was the other province with a large uptick in attacks. There were 10 during the week versus 2 the week before and 4 the first week of February. That was the most incidents since the third week of July 2018. There was one gun battle, an attack upon a checkpoint, a car bomb destroyed, and two separate incidents where suicide bombers were discovered and killed. This is the second week in a row that vehicle and suicide bombings were attempted in the governorate. Like Anbar, Ninewa could be receiving IS fighters fleeing Syria, which could account for the increase in violence.

Attacks in Salahaddin have declined during the month from 9 the first week to 4 the second and just 1 the third. Incidents there have fluctuated up and down over the last few months so this might just be a down period.

Last, the Iraqi government is attempting to take new steps to deal with the continued insurgency in the country. Prime Minister Mahdi ordered the Defense Ministry to cooperate with the Peshmerga Ministry. The two are making surveys of the disputed territories to work out cooperation between the two forces. The central authorities took over these areas after the October 2017 Kurdish independence referendum. It has lacked the manpower and coordination to secure them, and there are large gaps between the ISF and Peshmerga that have opened up opportunities for IS. The work between Baghdad and Irbil has just begun, but it is a positive step to try to counter the militants.

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
6
4
1
-
2
-
1
1
1
Feb
6
8
1
1
1
1
4
-
-

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
21
2
3
8
-
-
1
5
-
-
Feb
14
2
5
6
-
-
1
3
-
-

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
8
17
-
4
2
3
-
2
-
1
Feb
8
5
3
-
-
1
-
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
6
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
Feb
6
2
1
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 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
Feb
4
9
2
-
-
2
-
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
Feb
-
-
-

Security In Iraq 2018-19
Week
Security
Incidents
(Total/By IS)
Dead
(Total/By IS)
Wounded
(Total/By IS)
Jan 1-7
62/60
45
63
Jan 8-14
58/56
58/56
66/63
Jan 15-21
62/59
151
151
Jan 22-28
59/51
140/136
65/63
Jan 29-31
24
21
21
JAN 2018
265/
250 by IS
417/
409 by IS
(196 Violent Deaths)
366/
361 by IS
Feb 1-7
58/56
192/141
62/60
Feb 8-14
57
58
91
Feb 15-21
53/52
343
43
Feb 22-28
46/44
38/37
70/68
FEB
214/
209 by IS
631/
579 by IS
(215 Violent Deaths)
266/
262 by IS
Mar 1-7
68/64
115/108
79/77
Mar 8-14
52
75
59
Mar 15-21
64/59
165/119
98
Mar 22-28
77/64
210/87
61/60
Mar 29-31
19/18
26/25
34
MAR
280/
257 by IS
591/
414 by IS
(446 Violent Deaths)
331/
328 by IS
Apr 1-7
38/34
172/140
27/25
Apr 8-14
60/52
173/136
81/72
Apr 15-21
43/35
63/18
72/70
Apr 22-28
40/31
60/30
39/33
Apr 29-30
12/11
14/11
4
APR
193/
163 by IS
482/
335 by IS
(236 Violent Deaths)
223/
204 by IS
May 1-7
45/39
52/43
55/54
May 8-14
55/51
68/46
49
May 15-21
35/32
55/26
80/75
May 22-28
49/46
72/62
51/49
May 29-31
16/13
39/30
15
MAY
200/
181 by IS
286/
207 by IS
(261 Violent Deaths)
250/
242 by IS
Jun 1-7
50/44
96/87
29/28
Jun 8-14
67/59
107/47
88
Jun 15-21
40/35
82/28
19
Jun 22-28
45/44
53/38
62
Jun 29-30
17/15
21/16
14
JUN
219/
197 by IS
359/
216 by IS
(315 Violent Deaths)
212/
211 by IS
Jul 1-7
50/49
56/52
90
Jul 8-14
42/39
56/47
31
Jul 15-21
50/45
59/42
63
Jul 22-28
29/24
61/53
19/15
Jul 29-31
23/21
25/13
11
JUL
194/
178 by IS
257/
207 by IS
(212 Violent Deaths)
214/
210 by IS
Aug 1-7
43/39
49/45
30/29
Aug 8-14
43/42
38
44
Aug 15-21
38/35
24/21
40/37
Aug 22-28
35/31
25/19
61
Aug 29-31
27/24
68/30
43
AUG
186/
171 by IS
204/
153 by IS
(189 Violent Deaths)
218/
214 by IS
Sep 1-7
38
44
54
Sep 8-14
48/43
63/55
127
Sep 15-21
44/38
90/74
70
Sep 22-28
36/33
22/17
27/26
Sep 29-30
9/6
19/10
29/25
SEP
175/
158 by IS
237/
200 by IS
(179 Violent Deaths)
307/
302 by IS
Oct 1-7
54/49
85/25
92
Oct 8-14
43/41
161/152
41
Oct 15-21
54/50
87/72
35
Oct 22-28
24/23
24/20
53
Oct 29-31
23
10
24
OCT
198/
186 by IS
367/
279 by IS
(177 Violent Deaths)
245 by IS
Nov 1-7
32/31
75/69
36
Nov 8-14
39/31
111/63
19
Nov 15-21
30/27
51/43
29
Nov 22-28
26/21
35/25
30
Nov 29-30
9/8
4
27
NOV
136/
118 by IS
276/
204 by IS
(183 Violent Deaths_
141 by IS
Dec 1-7
22/15
21/8
11
Dec 8-14
22
15
22
Dec 15-21
23/21
23/16
17
Dec 22-28
30/28
24/18
37
Dec 29-31
15/14
225/220
4
DEC
112/
100 by IS
308/
277 by IS
(96 Violent Deaths)
91 by IS
Jan 1-7
32/31
17/10
24
Jan 8-14
32/30
97/94
53
Jan 15-21
22/18
17/11
16/14
Jan 22-28
27/22
36/17
31
Jan 29-31
12
7
6
JAN
125/
114 by IS
174/
139 by IS
(108 Violent Deaths)
130/
128 by IS
Feb 1-7
29/25
76
30
Feb 8-14
24
26
18
Feb 15-21
40
112
12

Violence By Province Feb 15-21, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
13 Incidents
19 Killed
4 ISF
15 Civilians
7 Wounded
1 ISF
6 Civilians

4 Shootings
5 IEDs
Baghdad
3 Incidents
3 Killed
1 ISF
2 Civilians

3 Shootings
Diyala
8 Incidents
1 Killed
1 ISF
4 Wounded
1 ISF
3 Civilians

5 Shootings
1 IED
2 Mortars
Kirkuk
5 Incidents
10 Killed
1 Hashd
4 Civilians
5 ISF
1 Wounded
1 Hashd

3 Shootings
2 IEDs
Ninewa
10 Incidents
78 Killed
2 Hashd
2 ISF
74 Civilians

5 Shootings
1 IED
9 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Salahaddin
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 IED

SOURCES

Abdul-Zahra, Qassim and Issa, Philip, “Fleeing Syria, defeat, ISIS fighters slip into Iraq,” Associated Press, 2/22/19

Baghdad Post, "An attack by the terrorists by five suicide bombers was thwarted west of Mosul," 2/20/19
- "A civilian was shot dead by unknown gunmen north of Baghdad," 2/19/19
- "Falcon cell detonated a suicide car bomb in Ayman Mosul," 2/17/19
- "A soldier was killed in an armed attack north of Baghdad," 2/15/19
- "They found the bodies of 26 civilians killed by a roadside bomb east of Mosul," 2/21/19
- "Two bodies were found during a pre-emptive security operation in Falluja," 2/15/19

Bas News, "Mosul: Four Suicide Bombers Killed Before Targeting Iraqi Forces," 2/17/19
- "IS Kills Five Iraqi Troops West of Kirkuk," 2/17/19
- "Kurdish Villagers Repel IS Attack in Khanaqin," 2/21/19
- "[PICTURES]: IS Militants Attack Iraqi Militias in Diyala," 2/19/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Iraqi troops kill seven Islamic State militants in Nineveh," Iraqi News, 2/18/19

Al Forat, "Gunmen kill civilian with silenced gun southeast of Baghdad," 2/18/19

Iraq Newspaper, "Names Listed In Recent Daesh Terrorist Kidnapping Of 5 Of The Crowd In Rawa," 2/15/19
- "The Terrorists Kidnap Three Of Haditha's Sons," 2/15/19

Al Maalomah, "Diyala launches new security measures to end terrorism in al-Mukhisa," 2/16/19
- "Thirteen members of the security forces, including seven civilians, were kidnapped in western Anbar," 2/18/19

NINA, "Foiled attack on checkpoint and two mortar shells fall northeast of Baquba," 2/17/19
- "Gunmen Kidnap 12 Citizens In Nukhayb Area While Collecting Truffles," 2/19/19
- "Mass Grave, Mostly Of Victims Of Security Forces Killed By Daesh, Found West Of Mosul," 2/19/19
- "A Military Operation To Hunt Down Daesh Cells In Waqf Basin North-East Of Baquba," 2/21/19- "A policeman was wounded by sniper fire and mortar shells landed northeast of Baquba," 2/16/19
- "A Soldier Killed In An Armed Attack, Esat Of Baquba," 2/20/19

Al-Qubaisi, Sulaiman, "Desh executes 6 abductees in western Iraq: Police," Anadolu Agency, 2/19/19

Rudaw, "Two soldiers and four gunmen were killed in an attack in southern Mosul," 2/19/19

Al Sumaria, "One person was killed in a bombing in Salahaddin," 2/17/19

Starr, Barbara, “ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syrian into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow,” CNN, 2/17/19

Szuba, Jared, “Iraqi army and Peshmerga survey disputed territories ahead of joint operations,” Defense Post, 2/21/19



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