Monday, September 23, 2019

Security In Iraq Sep 8-14, 2019

(Shafaaq News)

The second week of September saw a small dip in incidents from the week before that had a relatively high number of attacks. Islamic State operations were the usual mix of shootings, IEDs and mortar fire, but there were three that were more bold. Another difference was that Diyala was not the most violent area as it has been throughout most of the year.

There were 30 incidents recorded in Iraq from September 8-14. Two of those incidents however were bodies being dug up. In Anbar, 15 bodies were found in a mass grave in Qaim. 9 bodies were also pulled from the rubble from the Old City in west Mosul. Much of that area remains in ruins, so it should be no surprise that corpses are still being discovered. Kirkuk led the country with 11 incidents, with 9 in Diyala. The later has traditionally been the center of IS operations, so this was a change from the norm.

Casualties remained high during the week, but again that was due to the bodies in Anbar and Ninewa. There were 35 deaths made up of 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 3 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 31 civilians. Minus the 24 bodies in Anbar and Ninewa there were just 11 violent deaths. Another 43 people were wounded including 10 Hashd, 12 ISF, and 21 civilians.

The first week of September, IS carried out a series of IEDs across Baghdad proper, something that had not been seen in months. Things reverted back to normal the second week with just three shootings in the north and west. Still, the three incidents showed that the militants continued their effort to return to the capital.

In August, the insurgency largely withdrew from western and central Iraq and just concentrated upon Diyala. This month they are back to Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin. Kirkuk had the most incidents during the week with 11, which included attacks upon a police and army base on the same day. Ninewa had two IEDs, both in the Hamam al-Alil area south of Mosul. Salahaddin had three incidents including a shootout with the militants in the Makhmour Mountains and IS fighters shutting down the Tuz Kharmato-Baghdad highway for a shot period. The head of the Azim council called on Baghdad to clear the Mutabeija area that borders Salahaddin and Diyala, which he said was a base for IS. Finally, there were 9 incidents in Diyala including a shootout, and two towns being hit by mortar fire. A lawmaker from Diyala told the prime minister that more security forces were needed in the Buhriz district which was suffering from IS mortar fire leading families to leave one town. Tribes north of Muqtadiya in the Sinsel Basin told the media that they were unprotected from IS attacks as well. The second week of September was also different because there was only one attack in the Jalawla-Khanaqin districts in the northeast which have been consistently hit since 2017. This time incidents were spread out across the south, east and center. This week showed a mix of the old and the new. Rural areas in these provinces are notorious for not having enough Iraqi forces to protect the population. That has allowed IS free reign to scare and intimidate the locals and drive people out of areas to create safe havens to build training camps. That actually makes it surprising that it is not carrying out more attacks, but reports by the United Nations and United States have noted that the group is focusing upon rebuilding and preservation in Iraq right now rather than violence. At the same time, there are scattered signs that the militants are becoming bolder. The dual attack upon ISF bases in Kirkuk and the showing on the highway in Salahaddin are examples of that.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Sep 1-7
Sep 8-14
Anbar
1
1
Babil
1
-
Baghdad
7
3
Diyala
14
9
Kirkuk
2
11
Ninewa
9
3
Salahaddin
5
3
TOTAL
39
30

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Anbar
-
15 (15K)
Babil
3 (1K, 2W)
-
Baghdad
16 (2K, 14W)
6 (2K, 4W)
Diyala
19 (6K, 13W)
16 (5K, 11W)
Kirkuk
2 (2W)
13 (2K, 11W)
Ninewa
22 (17K, 5W)
21 (11K, 10W)
Salahaddin
15 (13K, 2W)
7 (7W)
TOTAL
77 (39K, 38W)
78 (35K, 43W)

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
10
14
2
3
-
-
1
-
-
2019
Totals
123
84
23
44
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
4
5
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
2019
Totals
58
91
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
3
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
2019
Totals
43
30
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
5
2
3
1
-
-
-
-
-
2019
Totals
44
44
21
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
Sep 8-14
30
35
43

Violence By Province Sep 8-14, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
1 Incident
15 Killed
15 Civilians
Baghdad
3 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
4 Wounded
2 Civilians
2 ISF

3 Shootings
Diyala
9 Incidents
5 Killed
2 Civilians
3 ISF
11 Wounded
1 Civilian
10 ISF

3 Shootings
4 IEDs
2 Mortars
Kirkuk
11 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
11 Wounded
1 Hashd
10 Civilians

4 Shootings
4 IEDs
2 Sound Bombs
Ninewa
3 Incidents
11 Killed
1 Hashd
10 Civilians
10 Wounded
1 Civilian
9 Hashd

2 IEDs
Salahaddin
3 Incidents
7 Wounded
7 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 IED

SOURCES

AIN, "The crowd announced the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 15 unknowns in Qaim," 9/8/19

Baghdad Post, "An armed attack kills a civilian west of Baghdad," 9/11/19
- "Gunmen target a security patrol, killing two prisoners in Diyala," 9/8/19
- "Nine new bodies were recovered from the old Mosul," 9/24/19
- "One person is killed and another injured by an explosive device in Hamam al-Alil," 9/13/19
- "One soldier killed and two others wounded in an ISIS attack on a military post between Diyala and Salah al-Din," 9/13/19
- "Two soldiers wounded in an explosion in eastern Baquba," 9/11/19

Bas News, "Five Iraqi Troops Killed, Injured in Diyala Bombings," 9/11/19
- "Two Iraqi Soldiers Injured in Jalawla Bombing," 9/8/19

Al Forat, “Urgent Dozens of families displaced from Buhriz due to mortar shells … Appeal for urgent intervention,” 9/9/19
- "URGENT Three brothers injured in armed attack in Kirkuk," 9/13/19

Hussein, Mohammed, Ali, Amir, Mohammed, Araz, “Despite security efforts, insurgents pose new threats,” Iraq Oil Report, 9/12/19

Iraq Newspaper, "Killed And Wounded 9 Tribal Crowd Members South Of Mosul," 9/9/19

Al Maalomah, "Hashd and police thwart ISIS attack southwest of Kirkuk," 9/10/19

NINA, "2 Stun Bombs Explode Daquq District Of Kirkuk," 9/8/19
- "A civilian is injured by mortar shells on al-Asyoud village northeast of Baquba," 9/10/19
- "A Civilian Killed And 8 Others Wounded In Kirkuk Explosions," 9/8/19
- “A Local Official In Diyala Calls On Govt To Clear Areas Of Mutaybijah After It Became A Haven For ISIS Cells,” 9/9/19
- "A Member Of The PMF And 2 Children Injured When A Bomb Exploded On Husseini Procession in Kirkuk," 9/8/19
- "A Shepherd Killed By An IED South Of Kirkuk," 9/10/19
- "A Soldier Killed Bu ISIS Sniper, Northeast Of Baquba," 9/11/19
- “Tribes north of Muqdadiya give the security services seven days to resolve the file of ISIS cells in their areas,” 9/13/19
- "Turkmen Popular Mobilization Forces Confront ISIS Terrorists In A Village In Amirli," 9/15/19
- "Two mortar shells landed in the vicinity of a village south of Baquba," 9/9/19
- "Two soldiers wounded in an explosion in eastern Baquba," 9/11/19

Al Sumaria, "Armed men killed one person and wounded two others in an attack on Dar north of Baghdad," 9/13/19
- "Two soldiers wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad," 9/12/19

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