Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Violence In Iraq, Sep 2016


Each week of September 2016 saw the number of security incidents steadily increase. One reason was that there were no government operations going on at the start of the month, which evoke Islamic State counter attacks. Another factor was a large jump in incidents in Baghdad at the end of the month. Still, by the time it was over the levels of violence were largely unchanged from August to September.

There were 573 security incidents recorded in September. In Baghdad there were 324 dwarfing the other provinces. After that there were 54 in Ninewa, 54 in Anbar, 47 in Salahaddin, 37 in Diyala, 33 in Kirkuk, 12 in Babil, 8 in Basra, 2 in Kurdistan, 1 in Irbil, and 1in Muthanna.


Those incidents led to 1,203 killed, the lowest figure recorded so far this year, and 1,602 wounded. In comparison, the United Nations had 1,003 dead and Iraq Body Count had 928.

The dead consisted of 8 Sahwa, 18 Peshmerga, 34 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 76 Hashd, 103 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 964 Civilians. 1 PKK, 12 Sahwa, 25 Peshmerga, 56 Hashd, and 1,319 civilians were wounded. Baghdad was the deadliest governorate with 454, followed by 247 in Anbar, 221 in Ninewa, 141 in Salahaddin, 59 in Kirkuk, 38 in Diyala, 34 in Kurdistan, 6 in Basra, 2 in Babil, and 1 in Muthanna. The real numbers are always higher than what gets reported in the press due to under reporting outside the capital, and government censorship of its losses fighting the Islamic State.

Almost all of the violence in Anbar took place in the center of the province with some incidents in the far west heading towards Jordan. For example, a suicide car bomb hit a checkpoint in Rutba. At the end of the month, the Iraqi forces began new operations to clear out areas around Ramadi, which provoked IS counter attacks. A mass grave with 70 people killed by the militants was found in Baghdadi at the start of September. Two air strikes were also blamed for killing 10 and wounding 20. In total, there were 54 incidents leading to 247 dead and 50 wounded. Overall, violence has seen a huge drop since the insurgent’s spring offensive ended.


The capital province saw a huge surge in incidents in the second half of the month. During the last full week there were 97 incidents, the most ever recorded by Musings On Iraq. The Islamic State has been escalating its operations in Baghdad after a four-month lull. That included two car bombs and 4 suicide bombers with another 6 suicide bombers killed, and two vehicle bombs dismantled. One of those attacks left 100 casualties. The real killer was the endless series of IEDs and sticky bombs with 178 of both during the month. The north and south saw the most activity with IS active in the outer towns such as Arab Jabour, Taji and Tarmiya, which it uses to launch operations into the city itself. There was also plenty of crime, along with vigilantes and militias leaving dead bodies behind. In total, the capital accounted for 324 incidents, 454 dead, and 1,187 wounded.


Islamic State activity in Diyala saw a large drop in the last two months. In September there were 37 incidents, 38 fatalities, and 42 injured. Most were small attacks like IEDs and shootings, but the militants have been carrying out a steady stream of mass casualty bombings in the governorate as well. During the month there was one suicide bomber, one car bomb, a suicide bomber was arrested, and two suicide car bombs destroyed.


Recently, many of the incidents reported in Kirkuk have been displaced people being killed by bombs and gunfire as they attempted to flee the Islamic State. The organization still controls the Hawija district, and dozens of people have recently been escaping, but at a cost. During the month, 34 died and 40 were wounded as a result. In total, there were 33 incidents, 59 dead, and 50 injured.


Turkey claimed that it killed 34 PKK members and wounded one more in two air strikes upon northern Kurdistan. Ankara has been bombing and firing artillery at the area every few days, but casualties are rarely reported.

Incidents have been on the decline in Ninewa. There were 54 in September with 221 killed, and 83 wounded. Those came from a mix of attacks upon the Iraqi army in the south, which has been advancing slowly towards Mosul, and the Peshmerga who hold a line to the north. The Islamic State also executed 149 people, mostly in the Mosul area. Three Coalition air strikes were blamed for 22 dead and 54 injured.


Salahaddin saw a slight surge in attacks due to the government finally taking on the Shirqat district in the north. That led to a large number of attacks by the Islamic State. The group also attempted to assassinate two leading officials in Tikrit with suicide bombings, showing that the insurgents had re-infiltrated the capital. Finally, 153 casualties from a large gun battle between the Iraqi forces and insurgents was reported at the start of the month. That rarely happens, but a local tribe was involved and mentioned its losses to the press. By the end of the month there were 47 incidents costing the lives of 141 people and injuring another 180.


There were a total of 17 successful car bombs in September. Those killed 90 and wounded 174. There was 1 in Anbar, 1 in Diyala, 2 in Baghdad, 3 in Ninewa, and 10 in Salahaddin. That was the most vehicle bombs since 29 in May. The Iraqi forces claimed they destroyed another 68 with 2 in Baghdad, 2 in Diyala, 10 in Anbar, 23 in Ninewa, and 31 in Salahaddin. The government regularly exaggerates those figures as part of its war propaganda.


Violence In Iraq 2016
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
JAN
723
2,418
1,986
FEB
657
1,685
1,724
MAR
681
1,684
2,095
APR
629
1,835
1,904
MAY
673
1,637
2,484
JUN
630
2,111
6,449
Jul 1-7
120
589
635
Jul 8-14
129
242
316
Jul 15-21
123
168
272
Jul 22-28
115
234
366
Jul 29-31
43
95
119
JUL
530
1,328
1,708
Aug 1-7
109
342
255
Aug 8-14
121
176
245
Aug 15-21
155
388
392
Aug 22-28
134
269
312
Aug 29-31
55
88
172
AUG
574
1,263
1,376
Sep 1-7
119
341
381
Sep 8-14
125
197
313
Sep 15-21
137
172
352
Sep 22-28
159
326
469
Sep 29-30
33
167
87
SEP
573
1,203
1,602

Security By Province Sep, 2016
Province
Incidents
Anbar
54 Incidents
247 Killed: 7 Hashd, 21 ISF, 219 Civilians
50 Wounded: 13 ISF, 37 Civilians
31 Shootings
5 IEDs
2 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
2 Mortars
3 Rockets
26 Suicide Bombers killed
10 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
12 Incidents
2 Killed: 2 Civilians
8 Wounded: 1 Civilian, 2 Hashd, 5 ISF
5 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Grenade
Baghdad
324 Incidents
454 Killed: 8 Sahwa, 11 Hashd, 29 ISF, 406 Civilians
1,187 Wounded: 11 Sahwa, 22 Hashd, 75 ISF, 1,079 Civilians
83 Shootings
156 IEDs
22 Sticky Bombs
2 Sound Bombs
4 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Car Bomb
9 Grenades
5 Mortars
1 Rockets Dismantled
6 Suicide Bombers Killed
2 Car Bombs Destroyed
Basra
8 Incidents
6 Killed: 6 Civilians
1 Wounded: 1 ISF
5 Shootings
3 IEDs
Diyala
37 Incidents
38 Killed: 2 ISF, 3 Hashd, 33 Civilians
42 Wounded: 1 Hashd, 1 Sahwa, 2 ISF, 7 Peshmerga, 31 Civilians
9 Shootings
22 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Sound Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber Arrested
2 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
Irbil
1 Incident
1 Shooting
Kirkuk
33 Incidents
59 Killed: 2 ISF, 2 Hashd, 2 Peshmerga, 53 Civilians
50 Wounded: 2 Peshmerga, 3 Hashd, 45 Civilians
7 Shootings
18 IEDs
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
KRG
2 Incidents
34 Killed: 34 PKK
1 Wounded: 1 PKK
2 Turkish Air Strikes
Muthanna
1 Incident
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
1 Shooting
Ninewa
54 Incidents
221 Killed: 9 ISF, 11 Peshmerga, 201 Civilians
83 Wounded: 4 ISF, 12 Peshmerga, 67 Civilians
21 Shootings
73 IEDs
3 Suicide Car Bombs
5 Mortars
6 Rockets
12 Suicide Bombers Killed
23 Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
47 Incidents
141 Killed: 5 Peshmerga, 40 ISF, 43 Civilians, 53 Hashd
180 Wounded: 4 Peshmerga, 28 Hashd, 59 Civilians, 89 ISF
20 Shootings
26 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
4 Suicide Car Bombs
6 Car Bombs
3 Mortars
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
24 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
7 Car Bombs Destroyed

Car Bombs In Iraq Sep 2016
Date
Car Bombs
Dead
Wounded
Sep 1



Sep 2



Sep 3
Shah Siwan, Salahaddin
7
8
Sep 4



Sep 5
Karrada, Baghdad
12
37
Sep 6



Sep 7



Totals
2 – 0 Destroyed
19
45
Sep 8



Sep 9
Palestine St, Baghdad
40
60
Sep 10



Sep 11



Sep 12
Mosul-Baghdad Road & Zaizaa, Ninewa – 9 destroyed


Sep 13
West & Thar Thar, Anbar – 2 destroyed
Khalis, Diyala – 1 destroyed
Houd, Ninewa – 7 destroyed


Sep 14
Shirqat & Telul Alpag, Ninewa – 2 destroyed


Totals
1 – 21 Destroyed
40
60
Sep 15



Sep 16



Sep 17



Sep 18
Khazir x3, Ninewa
Sadoun St, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
Al Hud, Ninewa – 1 destroyed
6
7
Sep 19



Sep 20
Shirqat x6, Salahaddin
Baghdadi Island, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Shirqat, Salahaddin – 7 destroyed


Sep 21
Shirqat, Salahaddin – 9 destroyed


Totals
9 – 19 Destroyed
6
7
Sep 22
Outside Rutba, Anbar – 3 destroyed
Diyala-Sahaddin Highway, Diyala – 1 destroyed


Sep 23



Sep 24
Salam & Tikrit, Salahaddin
12
23
Sep 25
Camp Bravo, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Houd, Ninewa – 2 destroyed


Sep 26
Khalis, Diyala
Qayara, Ninewa – 1 destroyed
10
25
Sep 27
Karrada, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
Houd, Ninewa – 3 destroyed
Telul Alpag, Salahadin – 7 destroyed


Sep 28
Baiji, Salahaddin
Baiji, Salahaddin – 6 destroyed
1
11
Totals
4 – 28 Destroyed
23
59
Sep 29
Outside Rutba, Anbar
2
3
Sep 30



Totals
1 – 0 Destroyed
2
3
TOTALS
17 – 68 Destroyed
90
174

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