Friday, May 31, 2019

Security In Iraq May 22-28, 2019

(Iraqi News)

The Islamic State’s new spring-winter offensive is in its second month. There has been a steady increase in incidents and casualties as a result. The last week of May for example saw the most attacks since October 2018.

There were 43 incidents from May 22-28, 2019. That was the most since 50 were recorded from October 15-21, 2018. Salahaddin with 10, Ninewa with 9, and Diyala and Kirkuk with 8 each had the most attacks during the month.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
May 1-7
May 8-14
May 15-21
May 22-28
Anbar
2
-
-
5
Babil
1
1
-
-
Baghdad
-
2
4/3
3
Diyala
5
4
17
8
Kirkuk
3
7
8
8
Ninewa
3
7
5
9
Salahaddin
4
3
3
10
TOTALS
18
24
37/36
43

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
May 1-7
May 8-14
May 15-21
May 22-28
Anbar
-
-
-
13 (7K, 6W)
Babil
2 (2W)
3 (3W)
-
-
Baghdad
-
23 (9K, 14W)
2 (2K)
3 (3K)
Diyala
5 (2K, 3w)
5 (3K, 2W)
37 (10K, 27W)
7 (1K, 6W)
Kirkuk
11 (5K, 6W)
12 (4K, 8W)
15 (9K, 6W)
19 (5K, 14W)
Ninewa
3 (1K, 2W)
20 (10K, 10W)
47 (41K, 6W)
15 (7K, 8W)
Salahaddin
5 (1K, 4W)
9 (5K, 4W)
-
36 (16K, 20 W)
TOTALS
26 (9K, 17W)
72 (31K, 41W)
101 (62K, 39W)
93 (39K, 54W)

There were 93 casualties during the week. 39 were killed including 1 Peshmerga, 5 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 7 Hashd al-Shaabi, and 26 civilians. Another 54 people were wounded made up of 5 Hashd, 12 ISF, and 37 civilians. Salahaddin with 36 casualties had the most of the six provinces with violence.

Attacks have been very low in Anbar the last few months but there were significant ones this week. There were two car bombs, one in the Qaim district and the other in the Haditha district, both in the west. The last car bomb in the province was at the start of April. Although not in urban areas the return of vehicle bombs was another sign that IS has started a new campaign in Iraq.

There were just three incidents in Baghdad, but one was a car bomb that was discovered in the Abu Ghraib district in the west and dismantled. IS has almost forgotten about the capital during its rebuilding stage, but it needs to hit it to stay relevant. A car bomb attempt was a sure sign that it was now moving in that direction.

Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin are the center of IS activity in Iraq. In Diyala there were 8 incidents. That included fields being burned, farmers attacked, two gun battles, two attacks upon checkpoints, and two mortar incidents. In Kirkuk, all 8 incidents involved farms being burned. IS also started the nasty tactic of planting IEDs in the fields or on the roads leading to them to kill and wound people as they try to put the fires out. Five more farms were burned in Ninewa. There was also a truck bomb in a market and IS posted a video of it executing a Peshmerga in the Sinjar district. Finally, in Salahaddin there were 10 incidents. Two farms were burned there and IS made an attempt on a third one. The group also attacked the Alas oil field twice during the week. These four provinces always have the most violence. Starting last week IS started the new tactic of burning farms. That was likely to extort money from the locals. The insurgents are also always challenging the local security forces that have a sparse presence in the rural areas IS is operating in. The goal is to rebuild its finances. Find areas to build bases so that it can train cadres, and eventually move from the countryside into the urban areas once again.

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
2
2
-
-
-
-
-
2
2019
Totals
21
26
6
1
3
6
1
4

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
10
12
3
4
-
-
12
(9 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
69
37
14
25
1
-
17
-
-

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
10
2
3
1
-
12
(12 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
36
52
10
8
5
5
15
-
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
7
8
1
-
1
2
6
(5 Farms Burned)
-
1
2019
Totals
33
18
7
2
3
4
10
-
3

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
8
6
4
1
-
-
6
(5 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
25
29
13
2
-
5
7
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)
3
(2 – Anbar
1 – Ninewa)
4

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
May 22-28
43
39
54

Violence By Province May 22-28, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
5 Incidents
7 Killed
1 ISF
2 Civilians
4 Hashd
6 Wounded
1 Civilian
1 ISF
4 Hashd

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
2 Car Bombs
Baghdad
3 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Diyala
8 Incidents
1 Killed
1 ISF
6 Wounded
1 ISF
5 Civilians

5 Shootings
2 Mortars
1 Farm Burned
Kirkuk
8 Incidents
5 Killed
1 ISF
4 Civilians
14 Wounded
2 ISF
12 Civilians

3 IEDs
8 Farms Burned
Ninewa
9 Incidents
7 Killed
1 Peshmerga
6 Civilians
8 Wounded
8 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Truck Bomb
5 Farms Burned
1 Motorcycle Bomb Dismantled
Salahaddin
10 Incidents
16 Killed
2 ISF
3 Hashd
11 Civilians
20 Wounded
1 Hashd
8 ISF
11 Civilians

5 Shootings
5 IEDs
2 Farms Burned

SOURCES

Adel, Loaa, "13 mortar shells fall on Kanaan City in Diyala Province," Iraqi News, 5/23/19
- "Bomb blasts, IS attack leave 7 dead in Sharqat," Iraqi News, 5/25/19
- "Security forces thwart bomb attack in Baghdad," Iraqi News, 5/27/19

Ali, Sangar, "Iraqi forces thwart ISIS attack on oilfields near Tikrit," Kurdistan 24, 5/28/19

Baghdad Post, "Civil Defense: 770 dunums of wheat and barley burned within 24 hours," 5/24/19
- "One soldier was killed and another injured by a terrorist attack on two checkpoints in Baquba," 5/28/19

Baghdad Today, "Video..Violent clashes between the people and Daesh on the borders of Diyala - Salahaddin," 5/28/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Bomb attack kills two paramilitary fighters in Iraq's Anbar," Iraqi News, 5/28/19

Hath Al-Youm, "Peshmerga leader: burning crops in front of the eyes of Iraqi forces without deterrent," 5/27/19

Iraq Newspaper, "The Terrorist Daesh Capture And Killing Of Peshmerga In Sinjar And Publishes Their Pictures In The US," 5/28/19

Kurdistan 24, "ISIS bombing kills 5, injures 10 who were extinguishing fire in disputed Kirkuk: source," 5/26/19

NINA, "13 Mortar Shells Land In A Village South Of Baquba," 5/22/19

Reuters, "Two killed in Iraq after vehicle explodes in car wash," 5/23/19

Rudaw, "Fires, explosions at Kirkuk's farms blamed on ISIS kill 4, wound 7," 5/26/19

Shafaaq News, "Killed and injured six members of the energy police in Salahaddin," 5/22/19
- "Two brothers were injured as a result of an explosive device while trying to extinguish fires south of Kirkuk," 5/23/19
- "Unknown gunmen set fire to fields in an Iraqi province," 5/24/19

Sotaliraq, "A new fire broke out in farms southwest of Kirkuk," 5/22/19

Al Sumaria, "Ten terrorists killed, two vehicles destroyed and two tanker trucks destroyed in Al-Alas," 5/28/19

Xinhua, "2 IS militants killed, 3 civilians wounded in clash in eastern Iraq," 5/27/19
- "2 killed in car bomb attack near Iraqi border with Syria," 5/23/19
- "3 civilians killed in car bomb explosion in western Iraq," 4/5/19
- "5 IS militants killed in attacks in central Iraq," 5/25/19
- "5 killed in truck bomb explosion in Iraq's Nineveh province," 5/26/19

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