Sunday, September 3, 2017

1,958 Killed and 1,261 Wounded In Iraq In August 2017


While the number of security incidents was down from July to August 2017 the number of casualties went up due to several mass graves being discovered and the Battle of Tal Afar.

There was a total of 357 incidents reported in Iraq in August 207. That was down from 477 in July, and marked another low in the country since the 2003 invasion. With fighting in Ninewa winding down Baghdad returned to the most violent province in the country with 98 incidents. That was followed by 90 in Ninewa, 47 in Diyala, 41 in Anbar, 28 in Kirkuk and Salahaddin each, 13 in Babil, 3 in Dhi Qar, 2 in Basra, Maysan, and Sulaymaniya each, and 1 in Irbil, Karbala, and Qadisiyah each.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province August 2017
Baghdad 98
Ninewa 90
Diyala 47
Anbar 41
Kirkuk 28
Salahaddin 28
Babil 13
Dhi Qar 3
Basra 2
Maysan 2
Sulaymaniya 2
Irbil 1
Karbala 1
Qadisiyah 1

There were 1,958 deaths and 1,261 wounded in Iraq in August. The former consisted of 14 Peshmerga, 35 Hashd al-Shaabi, 58 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Hashd, 118 ISF, and 1,733 civilians. The latter was made up of 3 Sahwa, 40 Hashd, 53 Peshmerga, 100 ISF, 677 ISF and Hashd, and 388 civilians. By province that broke down to 2,393 casualties in Ninewa, 261 in Baghdad, 186 in Salahaddin, 130 in Anbar, 94 in Kirkuk, 60 in Diyala, 50 in Karbala, 41 in Babil, 2 in Irbil, and one each in Qadisiyah and Sulaymaniya.

Casualties In Iraq By Province August 2017
Ninewa 2,393 (1,645 Killed, 748 Wounded)
Baghdad 261 (79 Killed, 182 Wounded)
Salahaddin 186 (29 Killed, 157 Wounded)
Anbar 130 (73 Killed, 57 Wounded)
Kirkuk 94 (64 Killed, 30 Wounded)
Diyala 60 (33 Killed, 27 Wounded)
Karbala 50 (28 Killed, 22 Wounded)
Babil 41 (6 Killed, 35 Wounded)
Irbil 2 (2 Wounded)
Qadisiyah 1 (1 Killed)
Sulaymaniya 1 (1 Wounded)

There was only an average of 1.3 incidents per day in Anbar. The relatively high casualty figures of 73 dead and 57 wounded however, was due to a mass grave being discovered in Ramadi with 40 bodies in it. That was from when the Islamic State ran the city. The attacks during the month were mostly small like shootings and IEDs stretching from Ramadi to the west. The insurgents did attempt mass casualty bombings, 1 car bomb, 3 suicide bombers and 4 suicide motorcycle bombs, but they were all unsuccessful.

After months of being quiet low level violence has returned to Babil. For the last two months IS has been carrying out attacks in the governorate. In August, there were 13 incidents leading to 6 dead and 35 wounded. Almost all of these were in the north, especially in the Jurf al-Sakhr district. That area was liberated in 2014 and emptied of people by the Iraqi forces and remains barren since then. The militants are likely coming from Anbar, which is adjacent to the district. This is a sign that IS is attempting to rebuild its networks in the area.

Security remained greatly improved in Baghdad. There were just 98 incidents for an average of 3.1 per day. That left 79 dead and 182 injured. Most of the insurgent attacks continued to come from the north and south where IS still has cells, especially in the rural towns. It also attempted more large bombings in the city with 5 car bombs. One of those detonated in Sadr City killing 12 and wounding 28. Another 3 car bombs were discovered and 5 suicide bombers killed.

Diyala is the main area in which the Islamic State is attempting to re-build. Most attacks continued to be shootings and IEDs interspersed with larger operations such as 5 car bombs that were all destroyed or dismantled.

For the second month, IS was carrying out operations against the Peshmerga in Kirkuk. Of the 28 incidents during August 11 targeted the Kurds and resulted in 9 Peshmerga deaths and 29 wounded. This was a change, because over the previous year most of the incidents were executions or displaced people getting shot or running into IEDs attempting to flee Hawija. Speaking of which, that is the next target for the Iraqi forces. The operation should start in a few weeks as units are transferred from Ninewa to Kirkuk and Salahaddin.

There were very high casualty figures in Ninewa, 1,645 fatalities and 748 wounded because of mass graves and the Tal Afar operation. A grave in Mosul was found with 30 bodies, another 80 in Tal Afar, and around 500 in Badush. On top of that, the Tal Afar district to the west of Mosul was taken in 11 quick days. That cost the lives of 115 members of the ISF and Hashd, and another 679 wounded. Unfortunately, with the Tal Afar operation, reporting on Mosul virtually disappeared, although there were still scattered reports of a few incidents there.

Salahaddin was the other governorate where IS was making a comeback. Recently the insurgents have been carrying out a few large-scale operations there. On August 4, they shot down an ISF helicopter and cut the Baghdad-Mosul road for a few hours. August 13, the militants cut the highway to Tikrit. There was also a car bombing, and two suicide bombers, with another 2 vehicle bombs destroyed, and 10 suicide bombers killed. The return of intricate attacks was another step in IS rebuilding, and its move back towards insurgency.

In southern Iraq there were a few incidents, mostly political, but also a militant attack in western Karbala. 1 Suicide car bomb was destroyed, and then a gun battle ensued and a suicide bomber set off his device. In total, 28 people lost their lives and 22 were wounded. That Hashd attempted to whitewash the incidents by only mentioning that the vehicle bomb was foiled, and not the ensuing fighting.

Security In Iraq 2017
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
188
509
1,346
Jan 8-14
168
371
1,036
Jan 15-21
137
585
1,262
Jan 22-28
145
289
310
Jan 29-31
74
127
338
JAN
712
1,881
4,292
Feb 1-7
123
388
176
Feb 8-14
164
434
390
Feb 15-21
148
393
508
Feb 22-28
185
647 + 399
1,390 + 1,634
FEB
620
1,862 + 399
2,464 + 1,634
Mar 1-7
179
749
622
Mar 8-14
171
551
614
Mar 15-21
143
571
1,166
Mar 22-28
152
1,233
575
Mar 29-31
71
374 + 278
288 + 2,925
MAR
716
3,478 + 278
3,265 + 2,925
Apr 1-7
174
903
487
Apr 8-14
126
599
669
Apr 15-21
108
479
449
Apr 22-28
122
698
328
Apr 29-30
39
138
51
APR
569
2,817
1,984
May 1-7
106
405
468
May 8-14
109
601
386
May 15-21
132
363
224
May 22-28
106
433
150
May 29-31
69
214
236
MAY
522
2,016
1,464
Jun 1-7
136
1,403
487
Jun 8-14
127
658
174
Jun 15-21
114
480
101
Jun 22-28
119
340
246
Jun 29-30
37
349
127
JUN
533
3,230
1,135
JAN-JUN
3,669
15,262 +
677
14,497 +
4,559
Jul 1-7
141
798
331
Jul 8-14
105
298
86
Jul 15-21
87
124
72
Jul 22-28
107
189
122
Jul 29-31
37
50
25
JUL
477
1,459
636
Aug 1-7
80
143
188
Aug 8-14
88
955
124
Aug 15-21
73
97
100
Aug 22-28
85
674
132
Aug 29-31
31
30
40
AUG
357
1,958
1,261

Weekly Violence By Province In Iraq, August 2017

Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Anbar
5 Incidents
45 Killed
45 Civilians
6 Wounded
6 Civilians

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
11 Incidents
13 Killed
3 Hashd
10 Civilians
20 Wounded
2 ISF
5 Hashd
13 Civilians

4 Shootings2 IEDs
1 Mortar
1 Rockets
1 Grenade
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
8 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Civilians
6 Wounded
6 Civilians

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Arrested
4 Suicide
   Motorcycle
   Bombers
   Killed
1 Suicide Car
   Bomb
   Stopped
15 Incidents
8 Killed
2 Hashd
3 ISF
3 Civilians
22 Wounded
8 Civilians
14 ISF

3 Shootings
8 IEDs
1 Mortar
1 Sticky Bomb
   Dismantled
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
3 Wounded
1 ISF
2 Civilians

1 Mortar
4

Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Babil
2 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Hashd
8 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 ISF
5 Hashd

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
3 Incidents
9 Wounded
9 Hashd

3 IEDs
2 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Hashd
3 Wounded
3 ISF

2 Shootings
6 Incidents
15 Wounded
7 Hashd
8 ISF

2 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Killed
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Baghdad
22 Incidents
12 Killed
6 ISF
6 Civilians
26 Wounded
4 ISF
22 Civilians

7 Shootings
10 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Killed
18 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Civilians
27 Wounded
9 ISF
18 Civilians

5 Shootings
9 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Arrested
1 Car Bomb
   Dismantled
21 Incidents
11 Killed
2 ISF
9 Civilians
41 Wounded
3 Sahwa
3 Hashd
4 ISF
31 Civilians

2 Shootings
15 IEDs
3 Sticky Bomb
21 Incidents
31 Killed
1 ISF
30 Civilians
66 Wounded
2 ISF
64 Civilians

5 Shootings
9 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
3 Car Bombs
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
1 Car Bomb
   Dismantled
16 Incidents
20 Killed
3 Hashd
8 Civilians
9 ISF
22 Wounded
4 Hashd
7 ISF
11 Civilians

5 Shootings
7 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
1 Grenade
1 Car Bomb
   Dismantled


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Basra
2 Incidents

1 Shooting
1 Sound Bomb
-
-
-
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Dhi Qar
-
1 Incident

1 Shooting
1 Incident

1 IED
-
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Diyala
15 Incidents
10 Killed
1 Hashd
1 Peshmerga
3 Civilians
5 ISF
16 Wounded
1 Hashd
7 ISF
8 Civilians

10 IEDs
1 Motorcycle
   Bomb
4 Mortars
15 Incidents
9 Killed
2 Civilians
7 ISF
5 Wounded
1 Hashd
2 Peshmerga
2 Civilians

5 Shootings
6 IEDs
3 Mortars
8 Incidents
9 Killed
9 Civilians
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Bicycle
   Bomb
   Dismantled
2 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
6 Incidents
4 Killed
4 Civilians
3 Wounded
1 ISF
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Car Bombs
   Dismantled
3 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
1 IED
   Dismantled
1 Car Bomb
   Dismantled


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Irbil
-
1 Incident
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

1 Turkish
   Shelling
-
-
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Karbala
-
1 Incident
28 Killed
1 ISF
27 Civilians
22 Wounded
22 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Suicide Car
   Bomb
   Destroyed
-
-
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Kirkuk
4 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Peshmerga
5 Wounded
5 Peshmerga

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
8 Incidents
35 Killed
1 ISF
3 Peshmerga
31 Civilians
10 Wounded
10 Peshmerga

7 Shootings
6 Incidents
10 Killed
1 ISF
9 Civilians
5 Wounded
5 Peshmerga

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Arrested
10 Incidents
14 Killed
1 Peshmerga
2 ISF
11 Civilians
10 Wounded
1 ISF
9 Peshmerga

4 Shootings
2 IEDs
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Maysan
-
2 Incidents

1 Shooting
1 IED
-
-
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Ninewa
25 Incidents
67 Killed
1 Hashd
12 ISF
54 Civilians
14 Wounded
1 Hashd
3 Civilians
10 ISF

19 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Killed
20 Incidents
857 Killed
2 ISF
5 Hashd
850 Civilians
10 Wounded
2 ISF
8 Civilians

10 Shootings
6 IEDs
4 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
17 Incidents
42 Killed
19 Civilians
23 ISF
24 Wounded
3 Peshmerga
6 ISF
15 Civilians

6 Shootings
7 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Drone Strike
8 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
11 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
23 Incidents
617 Killed
9 Hashd
25 ISF
583 Civilians
16 Wounded
16 Civilians

6 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
8 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
7 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
5 Incidents
4 Killed
1 ISF
3 Civilians
7 Wounded
2 ISF
5 Peshmerga

1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Car Bomb
14 Suicide
   Bombers
   Arrested/
   Killed
4 Suicide Car
   Bombs
   Destroyed


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Qadisiyah
-
-
-
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 ISF

1 Shooting
-


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Salahaddin
5 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Hashd
113 Wounded
113 Civilians

5 Shootings
8 Incidents
8 Killed
1 Hashd
3 ISF
4 Civilians
19 Wounded
8 ISF
11 Civilians

3 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide
   Bomber
   Killed
1 Car Bomb
   Destroyed
9 Incidents
15 Killed
1 Hashd
3 Peshmerga
11 ISF
17 Wounded
1 ISF
3 Hashd
13 Peshmerga

5 Shootings
1 IEDs
2 Suicide
   Bombers
1 Suicide Car
   Bomb
9 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
1 Car Bomb
   Destroyed
1 Incident
5 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Peshmerga
2 ISF
8 Wounded
1 Hashd
1 Peshmerga
6 ISF

2 Shootings
3 IEDs


Aug 1-7
Aug 8-14
Aug 15-21
Aug 22-28
Aug 29-31
Sulaymaniya
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
-
-
-
-

Violence By Province August 2017
Province
Violence
Anbar
41 Incidents
73 Killed
3 ISF
5 Hashd
65 Civilians
57 Wounded
5 Hashd
17 ISF
35 Civilians

10 Shootings
14 IEDs
3 Mortars
1 Rockets
1 Grenade
1 Sticky Bomb Dismantled
4 Suicide Motorcycle Bombers Killed
3 Suicide Bombers Killed/Arrested
1 Suicide Car Bomb Stopped
Babil
13 Incidents
6 Killed
6 Hashd
35 Wounded
13 ISF
21 Hashd
1 Civilian

5 Shootings
8 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
Baghdad
98 Incidents
79 Killed
3 Hashd
18 ISF
58 Civilians
182 Wounded
3 Sahwa
7 Hashd
26 ISF
146 Civilians

24 Shootings
50 IEDs
5 Sticky Bombs
5 Car Bombs
1 Grenade
5 Suicide Bombers Killed
3 Car Bombs Dismantled
Basra
2 Incidents

1 Shooting
1 Sound Bomb
Dhi Qar
3 Incidents

1 Shooting
1 IED
Diyala
47 Incidents
33 Killed
1 Peshmerga
1 Hashd
12 ISF
19 Civilians
27 Wounded
2 Hashd
2 Peshmerga
8 ISF
15 Civilians

10 Shootings
19 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Motorcycle Bomb
7 Mortars
1 IED Dismantled
1 Bicycle Bomb Dismantled
5 Car Bombs Destroyed/Dismantled
Irbil
1 Incident
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

1 Turkish Shelling
Karbala
1 Incident
28 Killed
1 ISF
27 Civilians
22 Wounded
22 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
Kirkuk
28 Incidents
64 Killed
4 ISF
9 Peshmerga
51 Civilians
30 Wounded
1 ISF
29 Peshmerga

15 Shootings
6 IEDs
2 Suicide Bombers Arrested
Maysan
2 Incidents

1 Shooting
1 IED
Ninewa
90 Incidents
1,645 Killed
15 Hashd
63 ISF
68 ISF & Hashd
1,509 Civilians
748 Wounded
1 Hashd
8 Peshmerga
20 ISF
42 Civilians
677 ISF & Hashd

41 Shootings
20 IEDs
3 Suicide Bombers
2 Car Bombs
1 Drone Strike
35 Suicide Bombers Arrested/Killed
22 Car Bombs Destroyed
Qadisiyah
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 ISF

1 Shooting
Salahaddin
28 Incidents
29 Killed
4 Civilians
4 Peshmerga
5 Hashd
16 ISF
157 Wounded
4 Hashd
14 Peshmerga
15 ISF
124 Civilians

15 Shootings
7 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
2 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
10 Suicide Bombers Killed
2 Car Bombs Destroyed
Sulaymaniya
2 Incidents
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

2 Shootings

SOURCES

AIN, “In figures .. Declaration of losses during the Tal Afar operation,” 9/2/17

Baghdad Post, "2 civilians injured in blast at Baladiyat in Baghdad," 8/13/17
- "2 mass graves containing 500 bodies discovered in Mosul's Badosh," 8/25/17
- "30 dead bodies uncovered in 'mass grave' at market in Mosul," 8/6/17
- "80 bodies uncovered in mass grave in Tal Afar," 8/26/17
- "Iraq police defuse 2 car bombs in Diyala, no casualties," 8/28/17
- "Suicide bomber killed before blowing himself up in Anbar," 8/11/17

Bas News, "IS VBIEDs Prepared to Attack Peshmerga Detonated by Airstrikes," 8/17/17
- "Twin Car Bombs Kill, Injure At Least 11 in Baghdad," 8/27/17

Buratha News, "A suicide bomber failed to target displaced people north of Rutba," 8/10/17

Daily Star, "Iraq finds mass grave in former Daesh-held city," 8/4/17

eKurd “Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 16, 2017,” 8/16/17

Elmanzalawy, Elwy, "Army soldier snipped north of Baghdad, suicide bomber killed," Iraqi News, 8/1/17

Al Ghad Press, "Another car bomb in Baladrooz, east Diyala," 8/28/17
- "Interior Ministry: The seizure of a car bomb and the arrest of its driver and the destruction of two explosives in Diyala," 8/30/17

Iraq Newspaper, "Iraqi Newspaper Reporter: Helicopter Downed And Battles In The Village of Sheikh Ali," 8/4/17
- "Iraqi Newspaper Reporter In Karbala: 50 Dead And Wounded In Cement Factory Attack," 8/12/17

Al Maalomah, "Four people, including a child, were injured by a car bomb explosion east Baghdad," 8/14/17
- "Four suicide bombers were killed while trying to sneak into Wadi Horan area west Anbar," 8/20/17
- "Suicide car bomb attack abandoned west Anbar," 8/16/17

Al Masalah, "Car bomb explosion west of Karbala," 8/12/17
- "Soldiers prevent suicide bomber from blowing himself up in Anbar," 8/15/17

Mostafa, Nehal, "IS members killed before carrying out suicide attacks eastern Salahuddin," Iraqi News, 8/15/17
- "Police kill 2 suicide bombers in western Baghdad," Iraqi News, 8/23/17
- "Soldier dies in car bombing west of Karbala," 8/13/17
- "Soldier killed, another wounded by booby-trapped vehicle in Salahuddin," Iraqi News, 8/20/17

NINA, "PMF Thwart A Car Bomb Attack Northeast Of Salahuddin," 8/15/17
- "Popular Mobilization Detonates A Car Bomb North Of Salahuddin," 8/10/17

Rudaw, "12 dead after car bomb explodes in Baghdad market," 8/28/17

Sotaliraq, "Car bomb attack south Baghdad," 8/29/17

Sulaivany, Karzan, "Iraqi forces foil IS attack, kill 12 militants in Salahuddin," Kurdistan 24, 8/14/17

Al Sumaria, "Car bomb attack north Baghdad," 8/24/17
- "Interior Ministry reports two explosives experts were injured during the dismantling of a car bomb near the Al Mehsan complex," 8/13/17
- "Interior: Two civilians injured in a car bomb explosion east Baghdad," 8/29/17
- "Security source: At least one soldier was wounded by foiling a car bomb attack west Karbala," 8/12/17
- "Two suicide bombers were arrested and a car bomb was seized in central Baghdad," 8/13/17

Xinhua, "Iraqi forces killed 12 IS militants in Salahudin clashes," 8/13/17
- "Iraqi paramilitary units kill suicide bomber in Iraq's Tikrit," 8/12/17

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