Monday, August 26, 2019

Security In Iraq Aug 15-21, 2019

(Shafaaq News)

Violence in Iraq has flatlined since June 2019. Security incidents have been in the teens to twenties over the last eleven weeks. This is despite the Islamic State announcing a new spring-summer offensive in May when attacks spiked. This is another example of how the Islamic State is more interested in rebuilding its cadres in Iraq right now more than carrying out operations.

There were 20 incidents recorded from August 15-21, 2019. One was a mass grave discovered south of Mosul in Ninewa province. For the last eleven weeks there have been an average of 20 incidents per week. This is the lowest level of violence in the country since the 2003 invasion. The U.N. and the U.S. reported that the militants are trying to preserve their leadership and core fighters in Iraq right now, while carrying out more attacks in Syria.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Anbar
1
-
1
Babil
3
1
1
Baghdad
7
1
-
Diyala
7
7
8
Kirkuk
1
6
8
Ninewa
2
1
2
Salahaddin
5
2
-
Sulaymaniya
1
-
-
TOTAL
27
18
20

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Anbar
2 (2W)
-
-
Babil
5 (5W)
1 (1W)
1 (1K)
Baghdad
13 (3K, 10W)
2 (2K)
-
Diyala
13 (5K, 8W)
12 (6K, 6W)
14 (3K, 11W)
Kirkuk
1 (1K)
9 (3K, 6W)
28 (24K, 4W)
Ninewa
3 (2K, 1W)
1 (1K0
5 (5K)
Salahaddin
8 (3K, 5W)
1 (1K)
-
TOTAL
45 (14K, 31W)
26 (13K, 13W)
48 (33K, 15W)

There were 48 casualties during the week. That included 5 civilians, 6 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 22 Hashd al-Shaabi losing their lives, and 2 civilians, 3 Hashd, and 10 ISF being wounded. Kirkuk with 28 had the most dead and wounded during the week.

Anbar had only one incident which was when a car bomb was discovered and destroyed during a security sweep in the Hit district in the center. This was only the second incident of the month. IS has deprioritized the province and is mostly using it to move men and material in from Syria and then transferring them into the center of Iraq.

There were no incidents in Baghdad. IS has been slowly trying to infiltrate the governorate and had 7 attacks the first week of the month. Since then there has only been one more showing this is still a major challenge for the group that has to get back to the capital to show that it is still relevant.

There was another attack in Babil, this time in Iskandiriya in the north when a Hashd member was killed by a sniper. That’s five total since the start of June. This is the most since September 2018. This province was another area that the militants had largely withdrawn from, but they might be exploring their opportunities there.

The center of Iraq is where IS is most concentrated. There were 8 incidents in Diyala. Half of those were in the Jalawla-Khanaqin districts in the northeast, which has been the insurgents’ favorite target for months now as there are not enough security forces there and a gap between the federal and Kurdish units. Kirkuk also had 8 attacks including IS claiming 5 on August 18 with four attacks upon the security forces and one on a mukhtar in the Daquq district in the south. Besides the mass grave a U.S. unit was also said to have come under mortar fire in Ninewa. American troops have been known to travel between bases and to accompany ISF units in different parts of the governorate. Finally, there were no incidents in Salahaddin. This used to be a core IS area as well, but attacks have continually fluctuating there the last few months. IS is most active in central and northeast Diyala, southern Kirkuk and southern and western Ninewa and northern Salahaddin. This is where it is looking to force people out and assert de facto control of their towns and villages to establish new camps. There are also long term bases such as in the Hamrin Mountains. The goal is to rebuild its forces and leadership, so that it can fight another day.

Islamic State Activity in Iraq 2018-19
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
15
8
2
4
-
1
-
1
-
Jul
7
12
2
4
-
-
2
-
-
Aug
9
8
2
3
-
1
-
-
-
2019
Totals
99
65
20
37
1
2
20
1
-

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
5
10
1
2
-
-
-
-
-
Jul
2
10
-
-
-
1
2
-
-
Aug
6
5
4
-
-
1
-
-
-
2019
Totals
51
86
15
10
5
7
18
-
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
2
5
-
-
1
-
4
(4 Farms Burned)
-
-
Jul
2
2
-
-
1
1
2
-
-
Aug
1
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
2019
Totals
39
26
7
2
5
5
17
-
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
10
9
4
1
1
-
6
(5 Farms Burned)
-
-
Jun
4
3
2
-
1
-
-
-
-
Jul
3
6
2
1
-
-
-
-
-
Aug
5
1
1
-
-
1
1
-
1
2019
Totals
39
42
18
3
2
6
8
1
4
(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
Jun
1
(1 – Diyala)
-
1
Jul
2 (2 – Baghdad/Malif)
-
2
Aug
-
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
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
114
139
130/128
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
20/19
15
18
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
137/136
163
200
Jun 1-7
26
19
44
Jun 8-14
25/24
29
15
Jun 15-21
21/16
6
13/10
Jun 22-28
18
17
41
Jun 29-30
9
3
9
JUN
99/93
74
122/119
Jul 1-7
20
11
39
Jul 8-14
14
31
10
Jul 15-21
17
14
37
Jul 22-28
23
14
20
Jul 29-31
8
13
13
JUL
82
83
119
Aug 1-7
27
14
31
Aug 8-14
18
13
13
Aug 15-21
20
33
15

Violence By Province Aug 15-21, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
1 Incident

1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Babil
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Hashd

1 Shooting
Diyala
8 Incidents
3 Killed
1 ISF
2 Hashd
11 Wounded
1 Civilian
3 Hashd
7 ISF

4 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Grenade
1 Rockets
Kirkuk
8 Incidents
24 Killed
5 ISF
19 Hashd
4 Wounded
1 Civilian
3 ISF

4 Shootings
3 IEDs
Ninewa
2 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Civilians

1 Mortar

SOURCES

Adel, Loaa, "Army aviation destroys car bomb west of Anbar," Iraqi News, 8/19/19

Baghdad Post, "A grenade explodes in Diyala," 8/16/19

Bas News, "IS Attacks Hashd al-Shaabi in Kirkuk," 8/17/18
- "IS Attacks Kurdish Village near Khanaqin with Rockets," 8/18/19
- "IS Militants Attack Iraqi Army Unit, Kill One," 8/21/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Five Iraqi servicemen wounded in twin bomb attack in Diyala," Iraqi News, 8/20/19

Iraq Newspapers, "Fierce Battle Between The Iraqi Police And ISIS Terrorist in The Village Of Ali Sarai Daquq In Kirkuk," 8/18/19

Al Maalomah, "The Popular Mobilization foils an ISIS attack in Hawija," 8/16/19
- "US patrol targeted by mortar shell in Qayara desert in Mosul," 8/17/19

NINA, "An explosive device dismantled near a house of a citizen in Qara Tebeh area in Diyala," 8/16/19
- "The Popular Mobilization foiled an ISIS infiltration attempt northeast of Diyala," 8/16/19
- "The Remains Of Five ISIS Victims Found South Of Mosul," 8/17/19

Sotaliraq, "Peshmerga repels ISIS attack in Khanaqin," 8/16/19

Al Sumaria, "A member of the Federal Police killed while on duty in the Kirkuk operations sector," 8/15/19

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