Saturday, April 29, 2017

Security In Iraq April 15-21, 2017

The number of reported security incidents in Iraq took another drop for the third straight week. There were 106 incidents mentioned in the press from April 15-21. That was the lowest count for the year, and the fewest incidents since 2013. That was due to violence being down across the country along with a dip in Ninewa where the Battle for Mosul was going on.

By province there were 48 incidents in Ninewa, 22 in Baghdad, 12 in Diyala, 10 in Anbar, 6 in Kirkuk, 5 in Salahaddin, and 1 each in Basra, Kurdistan, and Wasit.

Security Incidents In Iraq, Apr 15-21, 2017
Basra 1
Wasit 1
Salahaddin 5
Kirkuk 6
Anbar 10
Diyala 12
Baghdad 22
Ninewa 48

There was a total of 379 deaths and 345 wounded recorded for the week. 1 Hashd, 34 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 344 civilians lost their lives, and 1 Peshmerga, 5 Hashd, 22 ISF, and 317 civilians were injured. Ninewa was the deadliest governorate with 327 fatalities, followed by 23 in Kirkuk, 13 in Anbar, 12 in Baghdad, and 4 in Diyala.

Reported Deaths In Iraq, Apr 15-21, 2017
Diyala 4
Baghdad 12
Anbar 13
Kirkuk 23
Ninewa 327

Reported Wounded In Iraq, Apr 15-21, 2017
Salahaddin 3
Kirkuk 6
Diyala 7
Anbar 14
Baghdad 41
Ninewa 273

At the end of the week, two security operations were launched in the Haditha district. One was around the Haditha Dam, and the other was towards Kabisa. These were very limited, only lasting a few days to clear rural regions and roadways. Provincial officials are still waiting for the western section of Anbar to be freed from the Islamic State. That’s not going to happen until Mosul is finished. In the meantime, violence remains low with just 10 incidents, 13 killed, and 14 injured. There was a suicide bomber who hit a checkpoint, a car bomb that was dismantled, and 6 suicide bombers arrested. Although most of these types of attacks were prevented, they still cause great concern amongst the local government because they are happening every week.

Baghdad used to be the center of violence in Iraq, but since the Mosul campaign started in October 2016 it is seeing some of the lowest attack levels for years. There were 22 incidents leaving only 12 dead and 41 wounded. A suicide bomber was killed and a car bomb was dismantled targeting pilgrims in Khadimiya, but no other major incidents occurred during the week.

Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahaddin remain major concerns of the Iraqi government, because the Islamic State either still controls territory or is rebuilding there. Recently the Islamic State has picked up its activities in Diyala. In previous months, there were only an average of 1 incident per day, but that has almost doubled. Not only are the numbers up but there were five shootouts with insurgents, almost all in the Abu Saida district, where the insurgents have been active for years. In the other two governorates, there was very little activity with just 6 incidents in Kirkuk and 5 in Salahaddin. There were 23 deaths in Kirkuk, but 17 of those were executions in Hawija, which IS still runs. In Salahaddin there was one suicide bomber and three more killed targeting pilgrims heading for Baghdad.

Turkey is bombing Kurdistan almost every hitting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases. Usually no casualties are reported, but during the week a woman was wounded.

Violence has been going down for the last month in Ninewa. There were over 100 incidents per week for most of March. By the third week of April there were just 48. Casualties have also dropped with 327 deaths and 273 wounded for the week. In previous weeks, there were over 1,000 dead and injured. 258 of the dead and 214 of the injured, 78% of the total casualties during the week were caused by Coalition and Iraqi air strikes and artillery. The pro-government forces have used this heavy weaponry in greater frequency in the attack on west Mosul, and this has been one of the consequences.

There was a rare incident in Wasit where a suicide bomber was killed. He was aiming to hit pilgrims in the northern section of the province heading to the Khadimiya shrine. Luckily, he was intercepted and eliminated.

Security In Iraq 2017
Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Jan 15-21
Jan 22-28
Jan 29-31
Feb 1-7
Feb 8-14
Feb 15-21
Feb 22-28
645 + 399
1,388 + 1,634
1,850 + 399
2,459 + 1,634
Mar 1-7
Mar 8-14
Mar 15-21
Mar 22-28
Mar 29-31
374 + 278
288 + 2,925
3,467 + 278
3,265 + 2,925
Apr 1-7
Apr 8-14
Apr 15-21

Violence In Iraq By Province, Apr 15-21, 2017
10 Incidents
13 Killed: 2 ISF, 11 Civilians
14 Wounded: 3 Hashd, 5 ISF, 6 Civilians
7 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
6 Suicide Bombers Arrested
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
22 Incidents
12 Killed: 1 Hashd, 2 ISF, 9 Civilians
41 Wounded: 2 Hashd, 3 ISF, 36 Civilians
7 Shootings
9 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Mortar
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
1 Incident
1 Sound Bomb
12 Incidents
4 Killed: 1 Civilian, 3 ISF
7 Wounded: 1 ISF, 6 Civilians
5 Shootings
10 IEDs
1 Mortar
6 Incidents
23 Killed: 23 Civilians
6 Wounded: 1 Peshmerga, 5 Civilians
3 Shootings
1 Mortar
1 Incident
1 Wounded: 1 Civilian
1 Turkish Air Strike
48 Incidents
327 Killed: 27 ISF, 300 Civilians
273 Wounded: 13 ISF, 260 Civilians
5 Shootings
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Car Bomb
15 Mortars
1 Drone Strike
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
27 Car Bombs Destroyed
5 Incidents
3 Wounded: 3 Civilians
2 Shootings
1 Suicide Bomber
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Incident
1 Suicide Bomber Killed


Abdul-Zahra, Qassim, "Iraq: IS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul," Associated Press, 4/15/17

Adel, Loaa, "Police forces arrest terrorist, dismantle 4 IEDs in Diyala," Iraqi News, 4/19/17
- "Security forces foil IS attack on central Mosul," Iraqi News, 4/19/17
- "Suicide bombing on west of Anbar kills policeman," Iraqi News, 4/18/17

AIN, "The arrest of six suicide bombers in Anbar," 4/21/17
- "Five civilians from one family were wounded when mortar shells landed south Kirkuk," 4/20/17
- "URGENT The crowd kills a suicide bomber and destroys an additive to Daish in the Nineveh desert," 4/21/17

Airwars, "April 15th 2017: Bab-Sinjar neighbourhood, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"
- "April 15th 2017: Isilah Zeraei/Agrarian Reform neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"
- "April 15th 2017: Rayhana village, Anah, Anbar province, Iraq"
- "April 17th 2017: Al-Thawra (Revolution) neighborhood, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"
- "April 17th 2017: Zanjili and other neighborhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"
- "April 18th 2017: Several neighborhoods, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"
- "April 19th 2017: Several neighborhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"
- "April 20th 2017: Al-Tanak, Zanjili, Farouk, Rifai and other neighborhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"
- "April 19th 2017: Al Thawra (Revolution) neighbourhood, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq"

Al Alam, "ISIS Launches 2nd Chemical Attack in Mosul in 2 days, Injures 6 Iraqi Soldiers," 4/17/17

Baghdad Post, "3 mortar shells hit al-Mohandessin district of Mosul," 4/18/17
- "10 wounded in roadside bombing southern Baghdad," 4/20/17
- "12 government forces killed in attack west of Mosul," 4/18/17
- "20 civilians killed, injured in car blast in Mosul," 4/18/17
- "50 Iraqis killed, 51 injured in Mosul airstrikes," 4/17/17
- "50 Iraqis killed, 51 wounded in airstrikes in Mosul," 4/19/17
- "Dozens killed, injured in airstrikes on Mosul's right bank," 4/21/17
- "Iraqi police foil car bomb against Shiite shrine in Baghdad," 4/19/17
- "ISIS terrorists target left bank of Mosul with mortar shells," Iraqi News, 4/19/17

Bas News, "Four Abducted People in Tuz Khurmatu Freed," 4/17/17

Buratha News, "A car bomb destroyed under control south-east of Fallujah," 4/19/17
- "Director of Abu Saida revealed his car was shot at and confirms: I am exposed daily to threats," 4/20/17
- "Turkmen Party announced two of its members disappeared southeast Kirkuk," 4/15/17

Al Forat, "URGENT A suicide bomber was killed before targeting pilgrims north Wasit," 4/21/17

Iraq News App, "18 people killed and injured in a car bomb explosion east of Mosul," 4/21/17

Iraq Oil Report, "Inside Mosul, April 15, 2017," 4/15/17
- "Inside Mosul: April 17, 2017," 4/17/17
- "Inside Mosul, April 18, 2017," 4/18/17
- "Inside Mosul: April 19, 2017," 4/19/17
- "Inside Mosul: April 20, 2017," 4/20/17

Al Maalomah, "The body of a worker from the Interior Ministry found stabbed to death west Baghdad," 4/17/17
- "Civilian killed in an armed attack southeast Baghdad," 4/16/17
- "The commander of the Amiriya crowd was attacked during a search raid south of Fallujah," 4/19/17
- "Eight civilians were killed by a suicide bombing in Al Thawra district, west Mosul," 4/18/17
- "Five people were wounded by a mortar shell south Baghdad," 4/15/17
- "A martyr and four wounded by an explosive device north Baghdad," 4/16/17
- "The martyrdom of an electrical shop owner in an armed attack southwest Baghdad," 4/17/17
- "One policeman was killed and another wounded while trying to dismantle an explosive device north of Ramadi," 4/18/17
- "The popular crowd foiled an infiltration attempt north Salah al-Din," 4/17/17
- "Security forces freed a kidnapped person and arrested the kidnapper east Baghdad," 4/19/17
- "A soldier was wounded by an explosive device west of Ramadi," 4/17/17
- "Two members of the tribal crowd wounded in a bombing north Baghdad," 4/21/17
- "Unknown body found north Baghdad," 4/20/17
- "An unknown person was found west Baghdad," 4/19/17

Al Mada, "A civilian was injured in an armed attack north Baghdad," 4/15/17

Al Masalah, "Foiled suicide bomber tried to target pilgrims on the Baghdad-Dujail road," 4/20/17

Mostafa, Mohamed, "30 civilians, 10 IS militants killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Mosul," Iraqi News, 4/18/17
- "Civilian killed, 4 wounded in bomb blast in northwest Baghdad," Iraqi News, 4/18/17
- "PMUs kill 4 IS members in foiled attack north of Tikrit," Iraqi News, 4/19/17
- "Police: 60 Islamic State members, including senior member, killed in western Mosul," Iraqi News, 4/17/17
- "Three policemen wounded in western Baghdad explosion," Iraqi News, 4/19/17
- "Three wounded in explosion southeast of Baghdad," Iraqi News, 4/17/17
- "Two IS suicide attackers killed in foiled attack in Baiji," Iraqi News, 4/21/17
- "Two kids wounded as Islamic State missile lands near eastern Mosul school," Iraqi News, 4/19/17

Mostafa, Nehal, "Army commander killed during battles in Mosul," Iraqi News, 4/15/17
- "Bomb blast kills two children in Ramadi," Iraqi News, 4/20/17
- "Bomb blast wounds two persons northern Baghdad," Iraqi News, 4/16/17
- "One killed, four injured in bomb blast near Shia pilgrimage in Baghdad," Iraqi News, 4/20/17
- "Shelling in western Mosul leave casualties among civilians, IS members," Iraqi News, 4/19/17
- "Soldier killed, another injured in attack east of Baquba," Iraqi News, 4/19/17

NINA, "The number of wounded in the mortar attack on the Bashir village south of Kirkuk rose to five people," 4/20/17
- "One gunman killed and another one wounded in a clash with a security force in Abi Saida district in Diyala," 4/19/17
- "The terrorist who tried to attack security forces in Diyala killed," 4/17/17
- "Three improvised explosive devices dismantled in Diyala," 4/16/17
- "A veterinarian and a civilian freed and the arrest of three of their kidnappers in Diyala," 4/15/17

Rojkan, Mira, "At Least 16 Civilians Dead in Car-bomb Attack in West Mosul," Bas News, 4/19/17

Rudaw, "Iraqi forces withdraw from strategic street in west Mosul after ISIS attack," 4/17/17
- "Turkish jets bomb Kurdistan's Amedia area, one woman injured," 4/21/17

Shafaaq News, "Two soldiers were killed in an attacked west of Baghdad," 4/17/17
- "URGENT: Two dead, wounded by bombardment in Mosul," 4/19/17

Al Sumaria, "Abu Saida: Farmer killed and another wounded by two roadside bombs north of farming area," 4/15/17
- "Baghdad operations say suicide bomber wearing police uniform tried to target visitors," 4/21/17
- 'Bodies of five unidentified men were found southeast Kirkuk," 4/18/17
- "Civilian killed in an armed attack southeast Kirkuk," 4/17/17
- "Daash executed 17 civilians in Hawija for facilitating the escape of families," 4/16/17
- "Five people were wounded, including an army officer when a bomb exploded south of Fallujah," 4/19/17
- "A member of the peshmerga was wounded by unknown fire north Kirkuk," 4/16/17
- "One soldier killed by explosive device east of Diyala," 4/22/17
- "A policeman and an armed man were killed and another wounded in a clash north-east of Baquba," 4/20/17
- "Targeting the house of spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Basra," 4/17/17
- "Two civilians wounded by roadside bomb south Baghdad," 4/21/17
- "Unknown gunmen burn the headquarters of the Turkmen Front party southeast Kirkuk," 4/15/17

World Bulletin, "2 Iraqi soldiers killed in Mosul clashes," 4/17/17

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