Monday, June 8, 2009

No Decrease In Violence For Mosul In May 2009

As reported before, the number of Iraqis killed declined in May 2009 compared to the previous month. According to Iraq’s ministries 165 people died in May. In April the government said 355 lost their lives. Other organizations that keep track of violence in Iraq had higher numbers, but also noted a drop. That could not be said for Mosul, which is the second deadliest city in Iraq. Last month the number of attacks and deaths went up, with only the wounded decreasing.

According to English-language press reports in May 2009 64 Iraqis were killed in Mosul. That made an average of 2.06 deaths per day. 146 were also wounded, for an average of 4.7 per day. These were the result of 95 attacks and incidents, an average of 3.06 per day. There were two mass casualty bombings that month, one on May 24 that wounded 34, and another on May 1 that killed five and wounded six. There were also a series of deadly home invasions where gunmen stormed houses and killed women and children. In April 53 died, 1.76 per day, and 191 wounded, 6.36 per day, due to 79 attacks and incidents, 2.63 average. From May to April then, the number of security incidents and killed went up, while the wounded went down.

The recent rise in violence has also been occurring while a major joint Iraqi-U.S. military operation has been going on in the city. In February 2009, Baghdad launched Operation New Hope. There are now 36,000 Iraqi soldiers and police, along with 5,000 U.S. troops in the city, in what some think might be the last major U.S. military operation before the withdrawal. The Iraqi units however, are said to be undermanned and underequipped, and the Iraqi Army commander does not think they can do the job without American support. For that reason, U.S. combat troops are expected to stay in the city past the June 30, 2009 deadline for them to be removed from all Iraqi cities. There is also a major U.S. base outside of Mosul that is not expected to be shut down either. This offensive so far, has not had its intended effects as the casualty numbers show.

Like the rest of the country, the number of attacks and casualties in Mosul declined towards the end of 2008 reaching a low in January 2009 as the provincial elections neared. In 2005 the Sunnis boycotted the vote, allowing the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to take power in Ninewa. The Sunni Arab majority in the province was eager to reverse this turn of events in 2009, and the insurgents seemed to have accommodated them. Since then the number of casualties has been creeping back up in Mosul as the balloting did not end the Arab-Kurdish divide, the major source of violence in the city, but actually seemed to increase it with the election of the al-Hadbaa party to power and the subsequent boycotting of the provincial council by the two major Kurdish parties.

Attack Statistics In Mosul Based Upon Press Reports


May 2009
83 Attacks/Incidents – 3.06 attacks & incidents/day
64 Deaths – 2.06 deaths/day
164 Wounded – 4.70 wounded/day

April 2009
79 Attacks/Incidents – 2.63 attacks & incidents/day
53 Deaths – 1.76 deaths/day
191 Wounded – 6.36 wounded/day

March 2009
86 attacks/incidents – 2.77 attacks & incidents/day
69 deaths – 2.22 deaths/day
169 wounded – 5.45 wounded/day

February 2009
81 attacks/incidents – 2.89 attacks & incidents/day
58 deaths – 2.0 deaths/day
111 wounded – 3.96 wounded/day

January 2009
52 attacks/incidents – 1.67 attacks & incidents/day
56 deaths – 1.80 killed/day
85 wounded – 2.74 wounded/day

December 2008
65 attacks/incidents – 2.09 attacks & incidents/day
68 deaths – 2.19 deaths/day
181 wounded – 5.83 wounded/day

November 2008
65 attacks/incidents – 2.16 attacks & incidents/day
53 deaths – 1.76 deaths/day
249 wounded – 8.3 wounded/day

October 2008
92 attacks/incidents – 2.96 attacks & incidents/day
112 deaths – 3.61 deaths/day
188 wounded – 6.06 wounded/day

SOURCES

Abass, Ali and Dolan, Jack “Grenade hits U.S. convoy in Iraq,” St. Agustine Record, 5/10/09

Agence France Presse, “Iraq Suicide Bomber Wounds 34 in Mosul Shopping Street,” 5/24/09

Ahmed, Hamid, “Iraqi leader calls for anti-corruption campaign,” Associated Press, 5/9/09

Associated Press, “Iraqis fear U.S. pullout of volatile Mosul,” 3/9/09

Aswat al-Iraq, “2 brothers wounded in gunfire in Mosul,” 5/21/09
- “2 civilians killed, injured in Mosul,” 5/25/09
- “2 soldiers wounded in blast in Mosul,” 5/20/09
- “3 civilians wounded in Mosul blast,” 5/30/09
- “3 injured in explosion in Mosul,” 5/28/09
- “3 wounded in car bomb blast in Mosul,” 5/3/09
- “4 wounded in Mosul blast,” 5/8/09
- “Armed attack injures 3 in Mosul,” 5/21/09
- “Baghdadiya TV correspondent dies from blast wounds,” 5/31/09
- “Car bomb defused in Mosul,” 5/8/09
- “Child killed by U.S. fire in Mosul,” 5/7/09
- “Civilian corpse found in Mosul,” 5/19/09
- “Civilian killed, 2 bombs defused in Mosul,” 5/19/09
- “Civilian wounded by bomb blast in Mosul,” 5/5/09
- “Civilian wounded in explosion in Mosul,” 5/12/09
- “Contractor shot down by gunmen in Mosul,” 5/14/09
- “Cop injured, 2 gunmen busted in Ninewa,” 5/5/09
- “Cop killed, civilians wounded in Mosul attack,” 5/9/09
- “Cop killed, gunman wounded in Mosul,” 5/15/09
- “Corpse of abducted Christian child found in Ninewa,” 5/11/09
- “Five wounded in car bomb blast in Mosul,” 5/13/09
- “Gunmen kill cop in Mosul,” 5/4/09
- “Gunmen kill former army officer in Mosul,” 5/11/09
- “Gunmen kill soldier in Mosul,” 5/1/09
- “Gunman wounds 3 female students in Mosul,” 5/25/09
- “IED injures 2 cops in western Mosul,” 5/26/09
- “IED kills cop, injures 6 in central Mosul,” 5/22/09
- “IED wounds 2 civilians in Mosul,” 5/13/09
- “IED wounds 4 civilians in Mosul,” 5/19/09
- “Mosul blast leaves officer killed, 2 wounded,” 5/31/09
- “Mother, daughter killed in Mosul copycat,” 5/28/09
- “Ninewa police defuse 4 IEDs,” 5/23/09
- “Officer wounded by IED in Mosul,” 5/23/09
- “TNT explosives found under bridge in Mosul,” 5/24/09
- “URGENT/ Mosul suicide blast leaves 5 killed, 6 wounded,” 5/1/09
- “Traffic cop wounded by IED in Mosul,” 5/4/09
- “Woman, daughter shot down by gunmen in Mosul,” 5/21/09
- “Woman injured in western Mosul,” 5/22/09

DPA, “Suicide bomber targets Iraqi governor’s house,” 5/18/09

Druzin, Heath, “Coalition forces fight in insurgent stronghold while residents urge U.S. troops to leave Mosul,” Stars and Stripes, 3/8/09

Hammoudi, Laith, “Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq – Tuesday 5 May 2009,” 5/9/09

Hammoudi, Laith and Kadhim, Hussein, “Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq – Monday 25 May 2009,” 5/25/09

Issa, Sahar and Kadhim, Hussein, “Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq – Monday 11 May 2009,” McClatchy Newspapers, 5/11/09
- “Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq – Thursday 28 May 2009,” McClatchy Newspapers, 5/28/09
- “Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq – Wednesday 6 May 2009,” McClatchy Newspapers, 5/6/09

Israel News, “Prison officer gunned down in northern Iraq,” 5/17/09

Kadhim, Hussein, “Roundup of Daily Violence in Iraq-Monday 4 May 2009,” 5/4/09

KUNA, “Car bomb blast kills three civilians in northern Iraq,” 5/3/09

Loyd, Anthony, “US withdrawal from Mosul leads to fear of Iraqi insurgent attacks,” Times of London, 6/1/09

Press TV, “American soldier kill civilian in Iraq,” 5/19/09

Reid, Robert, “Iraq civilian deaths fall after April spike,” Associated Press, 6/1/09

Reuters, “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 4,” 5/4/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 5,” 5/5/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 9,” 5/9/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 11,” 5/11/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 13,” 5/13/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 14,” 5/14/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 15,” 5/15/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 16,” 5/16/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 23,” 5/17/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 23,” 5/23/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 24,” 5/24/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 27,” 5/27/09
- “FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 29,” 5/29/09
- “Iraq rules out extension of U.S. withdrawal dates,” 5/3/09

Xinhua, “2 policemen killed in Mosul violence,” 5/17/09

No comments:

International Women's Day

Iraqi Women Before And After The 2003 Invasion Interview With Prof Nadje Al-Ali  Review Iraqi Women Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present