Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Security In Iraq Sep 1-7, 2019

(Shafaaq News)

For the third week in a row attacks in Iraq went up. The cause is unknown. It could be a last push in the Islamic State’s Revenge of the Levant spring-summer offensive which has not amounted to much or some other issue such as targeting Ashura starting the second week of September. This year’s trends have been slower to develop and take months to come into focus.

From September 1-7, 2019 39 incidents were recorded in Iraq. One of those was a mass grave of 13 women likely victims of IS discovered south of Mosul so there were 38 attacks during the week. For the last twelve full weeks of the year incidents had been in the teens and twenties. At the end of August things began picking up with 20 incidents August 15-21 and then 27 August 22-28. As usual, Diyala was the most violent province in the country with 14 incidents. The cause of this recent jump is impossible to determine at this month and likely won’t become more apparent for several more months.

Casualties were high again during the first week of September, but part of that was the mass grave in Ninewa. There were 39 deaths consisting of 3 Hashd al-Shaabi, 16 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 20 civilians. There were another 38 wounded made up of 1 U.S. soldier, 4 Hashd, 9 ISF, and 24 civilians. Ninewa had the most casualties with 22, but without the mass grave, Diyala would have the highest number at 19.

Anbar only had one incident when a pair of IEDs was discovered and dismantled in Ramadi. This was just another example of how Anbar has fallen off the map in terms of IS operations.

August saw the most attacks in Babil in 14 months. There was one more attack the first week of September when an IED hit 3 Hashd in the Jurf al-Sakhr district in the northeast. This is the most common target of insurgent attacks because it has been turned into a military base by Kataib Hezbollah.

IS had a major breakthrough in its attempt to move back into Baghdad. On September 7 there were five IEDs in the center, east and southern parts of the city proper that left a total of 14 people wounded. Almost all of the attacks by IS previously had been in the outer towns and villages in the province mostly in the south and north. Rarely has the group been able to penetrate the city’s security. The question whether this marks a new trend or is it a one off attack that won’t be repeated for weeks more? More time is necessary to determine the answer.

During the summer IS largely stopped its attacks in central Iraq. At the start of September, it made a return to that region. In Kirkuk there were two incidents including a mukhtar being kidnapped in the Hawija district in the south. There were 9 incidents in Ninewa including mortar fire on Mosul that wounded a U.S. soldier. Salahaddin had 5 incidents including an attack upon a checkpoint and a gun battle. Diyala remained the center of militant activity. There were 14 incidents there during the week. There was one shoot out, a village was attacked along with two checkpoints. It’s too early to tell whether this week marks a return to these provinces or just a short spurt. Diyala however has stayed consistent. IS continues to hit the same districts including Jalawla-Khanaqin in the northeast and in the center.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Sep 1-7
Anbar
1
Babil
1
Baghdad
7
Diyala
14
Kirkuk
2
Ninewa
9
Salahaddin
5
TOTAL
39

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Aug 1-7
Babil
3 (1K, 2W)
Baghdad
16 (2K, 14W)
Diyala
19 (6K, 13W)
Kirkuk
2 (2W)
Ninewa
22 (17K, 5W)
Salahaddin
15 (13K, 2W)
TOTAL
77 (39K, 38W)

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
21
12
3
7
-
1
1
1
-
Sep
7
10
1
2
-
-
1
-
-
2019
Totals
120
80
22
43
1
2
22
2
-

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
9
6
10
-
-
1
-
-
-
Sep
-
1
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
2019
Totals
54
87
21
10
6
8
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
3
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
Sep
2
1
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
2019
Totals
43
28
7
2
6
6
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
Sep
3
1
1
1
-
-
-
-
-
2019
Totals
42
43
19
4
2
6
8
1
4

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 – Diyala)
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
2

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
94/31
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
76/16
30
Feb 8-14
24
26
18
Feb 15-21
40
112/37
12
Feb 22-28
25
36
70
FEB
118
250/115
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
62/25
39
May 22-28
43
39
54
May 29-31
13
16
48
MAY
137/136
163/125
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
Aug 22-28
27
24
72
Aug 29-31
11
19
10
AUG
104/103
103
141
Sep 1-7
39
39
38

Violence By Province Sep 1-7, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
1 Incident

2 IEDs
Babil
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Hashd
2 Wounded
2 Hashd

1 IED
Baghdad
7 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
14 Wounded
14 Civilians

2 Shootings
5 IEDs
Diyala
14 Incidents
6 Killed
2 Civilians
4 ISF
13 Wounded
5 Civilians
8 ISF

7 Shootings
10 IEDs
Kirkuk
2 Incidents
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

1 IED
Ninewa
9 Incidents
17 Killed
2 ISF
15 Civilians
5 Wounded
1 U.S. Soldier
1 ISF
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 IED
2 Mortars
3 Car Bombs Dismantled
Salahaddin
5 Incidents
13 Killed
1 Civilian
2 Hashd
10 ISF
2 Wounded
2 Hashd

3 Shootings
1 Sticky Bomb

SOURCES

Adel, Loaa, "Security Media Cell announce seizing 3 car bombs in Nineveh," Iraqi News, 9/5/19

Baghdad Post, "Civilian killed in armed attack southeast of Baghdad," 9/3/19
- "Two civilians wounded in an explosion in Kirkuk," 9/7/19
- "A woman was killed inside her house in Sinjar district," 9/3/19

Bas News, "At Least Five Iraqi Forces Killed in IS Attack," 9/5/19
- "Bomb Blast Hits Iraqi Army Convoy near Khanaqin," 9/4/19
- "Diyala: Iraqi Farmer Killed in Bomb Attack," 9/1/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Iraqi farmer wounded in bomb explosion northeast of Iraq," Iraqi News, 9/4/19
- "Mortar attack hurts U.S. soldier in Mosul," Iraqi News, 9/7/19

Hath al-Youm, "One soldier martyred and two others wounded by ISIS attack northeast of Diyala," 9/5/19

NINA, "2 IEDs Dismantled Northeast Of Baquba," 9/4/19
- "3 Civilians From One Family Wounded When A Mortar Shell Hit Their House Northeast Of Mosul," 9/7/19
- "An explosive device explodes on a herd of cows northeast of Baquba," 9/4/19
- "A Civilian killed by armed attack in Tal Afar, in Nineveh," 9/2/19
- "A Civilian killed in an armed attack northeast of Baquba," 9/7/19
- "ISIS Militants Kidnap A Village's Mukhtar And Another Person In Kirkuk," 9/4/19
- "A Joint Security Force Foils ISIS Attack On A Village Northeast Of Baquba," 9/5/19
- "A mass grave was found south of Mosul with the remains of 13 women," 9/4/19
- "A Security source: A series of explosive devices hit the areas of Talbiya, Baladiyat and the 4th police targeting crowds of worshipers and processions of Husseini condolences," 9/7/19
- "A Soldier Killed, Another Wounded In A Terrorist Attack On A Military Outpost Between Diyala And Salahuddin," 9/2/19
- "Three members of the Popular Mobilization killed and wounded in a bomb explosion north of Babylon," 9/6/19
- "Three security elements killed and wounded in an attack by ISIS on a security post northeast of Baquba," 9/6/19
- "Three soldiers wounded in an explosion in northeast Baquba," 9/4/19
- "Two civilians injured in an armed attack northeast of Baquba," 9/6/19
- "Unknown gunmen kidnap a tribal sheikh in Mosul," 9/5/19

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, "Baghdad Rocked By Explosions, 14 Wounded," 9/7/19

Reuters, "Four killed, including a civilian, across Iraq in day of militant attacks," 9/7/19

Sputnik News, "Wounded by an explosive device in central Baghdad," 9/7/19

Al Sumaria, "Dismantling two explosive devices in Ramadi," 9/2/19
- "Five people, mostly soldiers, were killed and wounded in an armed attack in Diyala," 9/6/19
- "Four civilians were wounded in two explosions in eastern Baghdad," 9/7/19
- "Two civilians wounded by an explosive device east of Baghdad," 9/7/19
- "Two civilians wounded by an explosive device southwest of Baghdad," 9/7/19
- "Wounded by an explosive device south of Baghdad," 9/7/19

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