Friday, May 24, 2019

Security In Iraq May 15-21, 2019

(Al Mada)

In April the Islamic State announced a new spring-summer offensive Revenge of the Levant named after the group’s recent loss of its last territory in Syria. Things started off slowly that month, but the campaign is now fully underway in May.

There were 37 incidents from May 15-21. One of those was by a pro-Iran group which fired a rocket at the Green Zone as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated. The other 36 incidents were by IS and up from 24 the week before and 18 the first week of the month. This was the most in one week since 41 during April 8-14. The increasing number of attacks is a sign that the spring-summer campaign has finally gotten underway.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
May 1-7
May 8-14
May 15-21
Anbar
2
-
-
Babil
1
1
-
Baghdad
-
2
4/3
Diyala
5
4
17
Kirkuk
3
7
8
Ninewa
3
7
5
Salahaddin
4
3
3
TOTALS
18
24
37/36

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
May 1-7
May 8-14
May 15-21
Anbar
-
-
-
Babil
2 (2W)
3 (3W)
-
Baghdad
-
23 (9K, 14W)
2 (2K)
Diyala
5 (2K, 3w)
5 (3K, 2W)
37 (10K, 27W)
Kirkuk
11 (5K, 6W)
12 (4K, 8W)
15 (9K, 6W)
Ninewa
3 (1K, 2W)
20 (10K, 10W)
47 (41K, 6W)
Salahaddin
5 (1K, 4W)
9 (5K, 4W)
-
TOTALS
26 (9K, 17W)
72 (31K, 41W)
101 (62K, 39W)

There were a total of 101 casualties. 37 of those were victims of the Islamic State found in a mass grave in Mosul. In total, 7 Hashd al-Shaabi, 9 Iraqi Security Forces and 46 civilians were killed and 6 civilians, 6 ISF and 27 Hashd were injured. Diyala with 10 dead and 27 wounded had the most casualties during the week.

Besides the rocket attack, the Islamic State carried out two shootings and burned a field in the north and west Baghdad. The capital province is still a sideshow for IS, but it is hitting it more consistently after several weeks during the winter when there were no incidents.

Burning farms is the Islamic State’s new tactic. Besides the one in Baghdad, 3 more were burned in Salahaddin, 4 in Kirkuk, and 8 in Diyala. IS using the fires to intimidate locals and extort money from them. The insurgents have also been driving people out of towns likely to set up training camps and bases. This is crucial to rebuild its cadres. Al Mada reported 14 villages in west Diyala and 30 villages in Ninewa have been emptied. Rural areas have consistently complained that there is little to no security presence and that has allowed IS free reign and given them the opportunity to carry out this new strategy.

Diyala is the center of IS’s rebuilding. Besides the 8 farms burned, it also attacked a village, hit a bus full of Hashd with an IED and set off two IEDs at the house of the Muqdadiya police chief. 11 of the 17 incidents were in the Khanaqin district in the northeast. Since the central government took over the area from the Kurds it has become the militants’ favorite target in the province because there are not enough security forces to adequately cover it. A parliamentarian said locals were arming themselves in the district to defend themselves because there was no ISF.

The insurgents have been slowly picking up attacks in Kirkuk. There were 8 during the week. That included a checkpoint being attacked, gunfire with the ISF and an ambush. Rudaw had a story that IS is freely moving in the disputed areas of the province where there is a gap between the ISF and Peshmerga. Again, this is the result of Baghdad taking over these areas from the Kurds.

There were 5 incidents in Ninewa. A motorcycle bomb was set off in Mosul. That showed IS still had access to the city. For the second week a village was attacked. The week before the mukhtar of the town and 6 of his relatives were murdered inside their home. This week 12 houses were burned there leading 100 families to flee. As stated before the insurgents are trying to drive people out of their towns, especially in western Ninewa.

Islamic State Activity in Iraq 2018-19
Anbar
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
45
67
13
4
6
5
7
3
Jan 2019
6
4
1
-
2
1
1
1
Feb
10
11
4
1
1
4
-
-
Mar
2
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr
1
8
1
-
-
1
-
1
May
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2019
Totals
20
24
6
1
3
6
1
2

Diyala
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
219
198
47
43
5
13
25
3
1
Jan 2019
21
2
3
8
-
-
1
-
-
Feb
18
2
5
7
-
-
3
-
-
Mar
7
6
1
2
-
-
-
-
-
Apr
13
15
2
4
1
-
1
-
-
May
5
12
1
2
-
-
10
(8 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
64
37
12
23
1
-
15
-
-

Kirkuk
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
172
182
39
18
10
14
29
9
6
Jan 2019
8
17
-
4
2
3
-
-
1
Feb
9
5
3
-
-
2
1
-
-
Mar
5
11
2
1
2
-
2
-
-
Apr
5
9
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
May
9
7
2
3
1
-
4
(4 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
36
49
10
8
5
5
7
-
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
2018
Totals
139
74
43
7
5
6
6
2
3
Jan 2019
6
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
Feb
8
3
2
2
-
-
1
-
1
Mar
6
1
3
-
-
-
1
-
1
Apr
6
6
1
-
1
2
2
-
-
May
6
7
1
-
1
2
1
-
-
2019
Totals
32
17
7
2
3
4
5
-
2

Salahaddin
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
110
102
41
18
1
16
4
9
5
Jan 2019
5
5
3
1
-
3
-
-
1
Feb
7
11
3
-
-
2
1
1
-
Mar
3
5
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
Apr
2
2
1
-
-
-
-
-
1
May
3
1
2
-
-
-
3
(3 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
20
24
11
1
-
5
4
1
3
(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
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
1
(1 – Ninewa/Mosul)
2
Mar
-
1
(1 – Ninewa/Mosul)
1
Apr
-
2
(1 – Anbar
1 - Salahaddin)
2
May
1
(1 – Baghdad)
-
1

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
29/28
76
30
Feb 8-14
24
26
18
Feb 15-21
40
112
12
Feb 22-28
25
36
70
FEB
118/
117 by IS
250 by IS
(115 Violent Deaths)
130 by IS
Mar 1-7
13
22
45
Mar 8-14
19/18
75/10
37
Mar 15-21
12/11
66/37
21/11
Mar 22-28
13/12
8/5
1
Mar 29-31
6
8
7
MAR
63/
61 by IS
179/
147 by IS
(54 Violent Deaths)
111/
101 by IS
Apr 1-7
20
22
13
Apr 8-14
41
28
42
Apr 15-21
17/16
9/8
26
Apr 22-28
19/18
45/10
15
Apr 29-30
2
1
4
APR
99 by IS/97
105 by IS
(69 Violent Deaths)
100 by IS
May 1-7
18/17
9
17
May 8-14
24
31
41
May 15-21
37/36
62
39

Violence By Province May 15-21, 2019
Province
Violence
Baghdad
4/3 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 Rocket
1 Field Burned
Diyala
17 Incidents
10 Killed
3 Civilians
7 Hashd
27 Wounded
27 Hashd

2 Shootings
5 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
8 Fields Burned
Kirkuk
8 Incidents
9 Killed
9 ISF
6 Wounded
6 ISF

3 Shootings
3 IEDs
4 Fields Burned
Ninewa
5 Incidents
41 Killed
41 Civilians
6 Wounded
6 Civilians

4 IEDs
1 Motorcycle Bomb
Salahaddin
3 Incidents

3 Fields Burned

SOURCES

Adel, Loaa, "2 bombs explode inside Muqdadiyah Police Chief's garage in Diyala," Iraqi News, 5/21/19

Baghdad Post, "A car bomb in Ayman Mosul," 5/18/19
- “Samarraie demands Abdul Mahdi declare a state of emergency in Salahaddin,” 5/18/19

Bas News, "Another Kurdish-owned Wheat Farm Burned in Diyala," 5/22/19
- "Farm Fire in Kurdish Disputed Areas: Another 50 Hectares Burned," 5/20/19
- "IS Ambushes Iraqi Police Convoy in Kirkuk Kills Two<" 5/16/19
- "Kirkuk: Farms of Kurdish Residents Set on Fire by Unknown Men," 5/19/19
- "Unknown Saboteurs Behind Farm Fire in Tuz Khurmatu: Farmer," 5/22/19

Aldroubi, Mina, “Iraq accuses ISIS of setting fire to hundreds of acres of farmland,” The National, 5/19/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Bomb explosion kills seven PMF personnel in Diyala," Iraqi News, 5/19/19
- "Islamic State militants set fire to 12 houses in Mosul," Iraqi News, 5/18/19
- "Mass grave of Islamic State victims found in Iraq's Mosul," Iraqi News, 5/21/19

Al Forat, "A series of fires devour the orchards of Yathrib," 5/19/19

Iraq Newspaper, "Repelled An Attack By A Terrorist Who Published Photographs Of A Man And His Son Being Burned In Their Cars In Khanaqin," 5/16/19

Kurdistan 24, "Gunmen kill nine Iraqi police in two attacks in Kirkuk," 5/16/19

Al Mada, “A series of mysterious fires consume 3,000 donums of agricultural land in five governorates,” 5/19/19
- “An unknown group claims responsibility for bombing Green Zone in retaliation for Trump,” 5/20/19
- “A village burns on the outskirts of Mosul as part of a plan to break into the city,” 5/18/19

Mostafa, Mohamed, “Iraq farmers go in night watches as mysterious fires hit wheat farms,” Iraqi News, 5/18/19

NINA, "Daesh burns dozens of donums of wheat fields in Kirkuk," 5/18/19
- "Fire breaks Out In Groves North Of Baquba," 5/21/19
- “MP From Diyala Calls For Military Intervention To Eliminate Daesh Cells In The Countryside Of Khanaqin,” 5/17/19

Read, Russ, "Rocket fired at US embassy in Iraq the same model used by Iran," Washington Examiner, 5/19/19

Rudaw, “ISIS insurgents move freely in disputed Kirkuk: locals,” 5/21/19

Sotaliraq, "Burning hundreds of dunums of agricultural land within the borders of Kirkuk," 5/19/19
- "A huge fire broke out in a field of wheat in Salahaddin," 5/21/19

Al Sumaria, "Civilian killed by gunmen fire west of Baghdad," 5/16/19
- "Unknown gunmen kill a civilian north of Baghdad," 5/20/19

Xinhua, "6 policemen killed in IS attacks in northern Iraq," 5/16/19

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