Monday, June 17, 2019

Security In Iraq Jun 8-14, 2019

(Iraqi News)

Security remained stable from the first to the second week of June in Iraq. There was no real change in the number of security incidents. However, two of the major Iraqi media outlets that cover security have gone off line and the news has stopped reporting on the Islamic State burning farms. That means there are probably more incidents than were reported so far in June. That is likely as the Islamic State has just begun its annual spring-summer offensive Revenge of the Levant.

There was a total of 25 incidents reported in Iraq from June 8-14. That was basically the same as the 26 reported the week before. Diyala with 9 incidents had the most of the six provinces with violence.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Jun 1-7
Jun 8-14
Anbar
8
1
Babil
1
-
Baghdad
3
4
Diyala
7
9
Kirkuk
3
5
Ninewa
4
2
Salahaddin
-
4
TOTALS
26
25

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Jun 1-7
Jun 8-14
Anbar
7 (1K, 6W)
1 (1W)
Babil
-
-
Baghdad
28 (9K, 19W)
1 (1K)
Diyala
9 (6K, 3W)
5 (2K, 3W)
Kirkuk
10 (2K, 8W)
8 (5K, 3W)
Ninewa
9 (1K, 8W)
24 (20K, 4W)
Salahaddin
-
5 (1K, 4W)
TOTALS
63 (19K, 44W)
44 (29K, 15W)

There were 44 casualties during the week, down from 63 the week before. 19 bodies were found in a mass grave in a town in Ninewa, victims of when the Islamic State ruled the area. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 3 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 25 civilians died and 1 civilian, 4 Hashd, and 10 ISF were wounded from June 8-14.

As a sign of IS’s new campaign it released a video threatening people who worked with the government. It showed a man going through a computer file allegedly listing collaborators who would be targeted by the group. Already, the militants are publishing videos nearly every week showing it executing people including members of the security forces, mukhtars, and regular citizens. The Islamic State has done this before to intimidate and threaten the population, and is another sign that the organization is moving into another stage of its rebuilding in Iraq.

There was only one incident in Anbar. That was when a policeman was wounded when an IED hit his house in the Baghdadi district in the center of the province. Attacks have fluctuated up and down in the governorate over the last several months. Even though there was only one incident this week, there have been more attacks in June than May so far.

The Islamic State is trying to return to Baghdad. There were four incidents total. That included a report that a mortar or rocket hit the Karrada district, which is in the center of the city. This would be the first time the heart of the city had been hit in months. There have been seven attacks so far in the first two weeks of June compared to 10 in May.

Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin are where most security incidents occur. In Diyala there were 9 incidents. That included a gun battle with the security forces in the Sadiya district in the northeast, two suicide bombers were killed in the center and east, and two IS members were arrested for threatening farmers that their fields would be burned unless they paid taxes to the group. Diyala is regularly the most violent province in Iraq because that’s where IS has spent the longest time converting back to an insurgency. Local politicians are always calling for the government to do more. During the week parliamentarians from Diyala held a press conference calling for more Iraqi forces to be deployed there. There was another shoot out with the militants in Kirkuk. Iraqi security analyst Hisham al-Hashimi told the press that there were 116 abandoned villages in south Kirkuk and north and east Diyala, which IS was exploiting. A farm was burned in the Tal Afar district in west Ninewa. When a local Hashd group responded they were hit by an IED a tactic IS has been using recently. This was the only field burning blamed on the insurgents during the week. IS was likely responsible for several more, but they were not reported. Finally, in Salahaddin there were four incidents including a mukhtar’s house being hit by an IED, and then another going off when the Iraqi forces responded. Balad Air Base was also hit by a mortar. Balad is where the Iraqi air force has its F-16 fighters. This range of attacks highlights the major activities of IS as it rebuilds. It is challenging the local security forces. It is intimidating the residents in rural areas, attacking their mayors, threatening them into paying taxes so the organization can put its finances back together, and driving people out of more and more towns so those areas can be converted into bases. This is a major goal of IS because it has to train its new cadres after its massive losses during its defeats in Syria and Iraq. The government has not adequately responded to this growing threat as local politicians and parliamentarians are constantly complaining. That’s because the Mahdi government has no security, rebuilding or reconciliation policy in the post-conflict regions of Iraq. This is not a priority and is allowing IS to make a comeback much faster than the last time.

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
3
3
-
-
1
-
-
2
Jun
5
2
4
-
-
-
-
-
2019
Totals
27
29
10
1
4
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
11
13
3
5
-
-
13
(9 Farms Burned)
-
-
Jun
10
6
1
2
-
1
-
-
-
2019
Totals
80
44
15
28
1
1
18
-
-

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
11
18
2
3
1
-
13
(13 Farms Burned)
-
-
Jun
3
5
1
1
-
-
-
-
-
2019
Totals
41
65
11
9
5
5
16
-
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
8
8
1
-
1
2
6
(5 Farms Burned)
-
1
Jun
1
3
-
-
-
-
3
(3 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
35
21
7
2
3
4
13
-
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
9
8
4
1
1
-
6
(5 Farms Burned)
-
-
2019
Totals
26
31
13
2
1
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
114
139
130
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
250
130
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
61
147
101
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
105
100
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
May 29-31
13
16
48
MAY
136/135
162
199
Jun 1-7
26
19
44
Jun 8-14
25
29/10
15

Violence By Province Jun 8-14, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
1 Incident
1 Wounded
1 ISF

1 IED
Baghdad
4 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Mortar
Diyala
9 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Civilian
1 ISF
3 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 ISF

4 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Mortar
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
Kirkuk
5 Incidents
5 Killed
2 ISF
3 Civilians
3 Wounded
3 ISF

2 Shootings
3 IEDs
Ninewa
2 Incidents
20 Killed
1 Hashd
19 Civilians
4 Wounded
4 Hashd

1 IED
1 Farm Burned
Salahaddin
4 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
4 Wounded
4 ISF

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Mortar

SOURCES

Al Alam, "A mortar shell landed in Baghdad's Karrada district," 6/14/19

Bas News, "A mass grave was found west of Mosul, most of whose victims were women," 6/11/19

Al Forat, “URGENT Arrest of accused of collecting royalties for Daish in Diyala,” 6/13/19

Iraq Newspaper, "The Daesh Terrorists Burn Agricultural Crops In Tal Afar And Kill And Injure 5 Of The Popular Crowd," 6/9/19
- "Targeting The House Of Mukhtar, The Star Of The Street And Wounding A Colonel And 4 Police In The Area Of Mutasim In Samarra," 6/14/19

Al Mada, “Diyala MPs call on Abdul Mahdi to send additional military reinforcements,” 6/11/19

Shafaaq News, “Daash threatens the Sunnis of Iraq with murder and reviews the list of names,” 6/13/19
- “The discovery of 116 abandoned villages in two provinces constitute attraction for Daash,” 6/10/19
- "Security forces clashed with Daash and kill two members of the organization southwest of Kirkuk," 6/12/19

Al Sumaria, "A policeman was injured in a blast at his home in al-Baghdadi district," 6/8/19
- "Security media announces the fall of three mortar shells on the base of Balad," 6/14/19

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