Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Security In Iraq Feb 8-14, 2019

(Shafaaq News)

There was another week with few security incidents in Iraq. For almost four months now the country has averaged 20-30 security events each week and the second week of February was no different.

There were 24 incidents reported in the media from February 8-14. All 24 were likely by the Islamic State. The previous week there were 29 incidents, 25 of which were probable IS attacks. Kirkuk had the most incidents at 8 followed by 5 in Diyala.

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

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

26 people died during the week. That included 8 civilians, 8 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 10 Hashd al-Shaabi. Another 18 were wounded made up of 3 civilians, 7 ISF, and 8 Hashd. Salahaddin had the most casualties with 20.

The number of incidents remained extremely low in Anbar. There were just three, all IEDs. Those left 1 civilian and 3 ISF dead and 1 civilian and 2 soldiers wounded. Despite the continued lack of attacks, Anbar is the province most likely to see an uptick in activity due to the history the group has there and its location next to Syria.

Baghdad is almost bereft of IS activity. The week before there were no attacks, and the second week of February there were only two, both shootings in the south. The militants have almost completely withdrawn from the capital province. To remain relevant, to challenge the government, and to earn more money however, it must eventually move back into Baghdad.

Diyala, Kirkuk, Salahaddin and to a lesser extent Ninewa are the main focus of the Islamic State as it rebuilds. There were 5 incidents in Diyala including an attack upon a checkpoint, a shootout with the militants, mortars were fired at a town and a suicide bomber was killed. These happened in Khanaqin in the northeast, Muqtadiya in the southwest and Qara Tappa in the center. IS continues to move around within the province. Khanaqin and Muqtadiya have been favorite targets for around a month now. Before the group was hitting the Abu Saida district in the center, and now moved over to Qara Tappa. Kirkuk had 8 incidents. There were two shoot outs, an IED hit a patrol, a town was mortared, and two people were kidnapped and executed. These occurred in three of the provinces four districts. In Ninewa, two suicide bombers were killed in Baaj and a suicide car bomber was arrested in Sinjar both in the west. Finally, in Salahaddin three men who were kidnapped were found dead and there were four IEDs including a convoy being hit in the Samarra district that left 8 Hashd dead and 7 wounded. These provinces remain the heart of the Iraqi insurgency. It is asserting control over rural towns, challenging the local security forces, collecting taxes, and kidnapping and ransoming people. It eventually has to move out of the countryside and has already attacked urban centers such as Kirkuk city and Tikrit.

The government is finally taking new actions to try to address this threat. Baghdad and Irbil have come to a tentative agreement to allow the Peshmerga back into some of the disputed territories, which the federal authorities took back in 2017. The Kurdish forces for instance, have been allowed back into Tuz Kharmato in eastern Salahaddin. The central government does not have the manpower to protect all of these areas, so the Kurds will help address that shortcoming. A lot more needs to be done, such as effective counterinsurgency operations, and addressing the root causes of the insurgency.

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
2
3
-
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
21
2
3
8
-
-
1
5
-
-
Feb
9
1
4
3
-
-
-
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 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
5
3
2
-
-
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
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
8
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

Violence By Province Feb 8-14, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
3 Incidents
4 Killed
1 Civilian
3 ISF
3 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 ISF

3 IEDs
Baghdad
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
Diyala
5 Incidents
2 Killed
2 ISF
3 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 ISF

2 Shootings
1 Grenade
1 Mortar
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
Kirkuk
8 Incidents
6 Killed
2 Civilians
2 Hashd
2 ISF
4 Wounded
1 Civilian
3 ISF

5 Shootings
1 IED
1 Mortar
1 Grenade
Ninewa
2 Incidents

2 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Suicide Car Bomber Arrested
Salahaddin
4 Incidents
12 Killed
1 ISF
3 Civilians
8 Hashd
8 Wounded
8 Hashd

1 Shooting
4 iEDs

SOURCES

Al-Amir, Hussein, "Daesh executes three brothers in northern Iraq: Police," Anadolu Agency, 2/8/19

Baghdad Post, "Gunmen kill a civilian south of Baghdad and flee to an unknown destination," 2/13/19
- "Security forces thwart Daesh terrorist suicide attack in Sinjar," 2/12/19

Bas News, "IS Kills, Wounds Three Iraqi Policemen," 2/9/19
- "Two IS Suicide Bombers Killed in Mosul," 2/11/19

Buratha News, "Foiled attempted infiltration of Daesh terrorists west of Kirkuk," 2/13/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "IS militants kill Iraqi border guard, wound another in Diyala province," Iraqi News, 2/11/19

Al Forat, "URGENT A terrorist attack near Muqtadiya was stopped and two policemen were killed and wounded," 2/13/19

Iraq Newspaper, "A Terrorist Suicide Bomber Killed In Khanaqin," 2/11/19

Al Maalomah, "Death and wounding of four soldiers when a bomb exploded in western Ramadi," 2/9/19
- "An explosive device kills a family of farmers while collecting truffles in the wetlands," 2/10/19
- "The martyrdom of an associate in the civil defense when a bomb exploded in western Anbar," 2/8/19

NINA, "Daesh Attacks A Village West Of Kirkuk," 2/8/19
- "Daesh executed two citizens after being kidnapped south of Kirkuk," 2/13/19
- "Two mortar shells landed on a liberated area northeast of Baquba," 2/14/19
- "Two security personnel killed and wounded west of Kirkuk," 2/10/19

NRT, “Peshmerga Commander Denes Troops Moved To Tuz Khurmatu,” 2/11/19

Al Sumaria, "Civilian killed by armed attack south of Baghdad," 2/12/19

Xinhua, "8 Hashd Shaabi members killed in bomb attack in central Iraq," 2/14/19

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