Monday, December 10, 2018

Security In Iraq Dec 1-7, 2018


Violence and casualties remained extremely low in Iraq during the first week of December 2018. While the insurgency has always ebbed and flowed the poor weather and heavy flooding continued, which probably put a major damper on the ability of the militants to carry out their operations.

There were just 34 incidents reported in Iraq during the week. That was up from 28 the last full week of November, but still below the 40-50 incidents the country was seeing in previous months. Once again, Baghdad had the most incidents with 12 after only 5 from November 22-28.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Nov 22-28
Dec 1-7
Anbar
1
2
Babil
-
1
Baghdad
5
12
Basra
1
-
Diyala
8
4
Kirkuk
2
3
KRG
4
7
Ninewa
6
2
Salahaddin
1
3
TOTALS
28
34

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Nov 22-28
Dec 1-7
Anbar
4 (4W)
2 (2K)
Babil
-
4 (4W)
Baghdad
10 (6K, 4W)
5 (5K)
Basra
1 (1W)
-
Diyala
14 (10K, 4W)
2 (1K, 1W)
Kirkuk
3 (1K, 2W)
5 (1K, 4W)
KRG
10 (10K)
13 (13K)
Ninewa
24 (9K, 15W)
2 (2K)
Salahaddin
1 (1K)
4 (2K, 2W)
TOTALS
67 (37K, 30W)
37 (26K, 11W)

There were 26 reported deaths during the week vs 67 the last full week of November. 1 was a body discovered in Baiji from the time when the Islamic State controlled the area, and 13 were Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members killed by Turkey. Another 11 people were wounded. In total, 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 11 civilians and 13 PKK were killed along with 5 civilians and 6 Hashd that were injured. Kurdistan was the only area in double figures.

As usual, there were very few incidents in Anbar. However, IS is changing the nature of attacks there. A car bomb was discovered and dismantled in Fallujah, while a mukhtar and his son were killed in Hit. If the vehicle bomb had gone off it would have been the second time the city was bombed and the fifth time a major urban area had been targeted in the last two months.

There were few incidents in the three central provinces where IS is rebuilding. All together there were just 10 incidents between Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahaddin. In Diyala, the town of Saraya was hit by mortar fire, some militants were caught trying to infiltrate in between the Khanaqin and Sadiya districts in the northeast, and an IED was discovered around an electricity tower in Qara Tappa. In Kirkuk, a village was attacked and there was mortar fire on a town, both in the south. Finally, in Salahaddin a checkpoint was shot at and a suicide bomber was killed while moving through Alam near Tikrit in the center of the governorate. These are all the areas where IS is rebuilding in and asserting its control.

Similar types of incidents are now occurring in Ninewa. During the week for instance, a mukhtar was kidnapped and assassinated.

Islamic State Activity in Anbar 2018
Anbar
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jun
4
3
2
-
-
1
-
-
Jul
3
5
1
-
-
-
-
-
Aug
4
4
2
1
-
-
-
1
Sep
3
8
-
-
-
-
2
-
Oct
9
5
3
1
1
2
1
1
Nov
1
3
-
-
1
1
-
-
Dec
1
-
-
-
1
-
-
-

Islamic State Activity in Central Iraq 2018
Diyala
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
20
24
2
7
-
1
-
6
1
1
Feb
14
13
4
3
-
-
-
-
1
-
Mar
29
21
14
5
1
2
1
5
-
-
Apr
13
18
2
2
-
-
-
2
-
-
May
11
11
1
3
1
1
3
4
1
-
Jun
32
17
5
12
-
1
5
4
-
-
Jul
20
19
2
3
-
2
3
1
-
-
Aug
17
18
2
2
1
1
3
3
-
-
Sep
20
12
5
1
-
2
5
5
-
-
Oct
11
22
2
-
1
1
-
4
-
-
Nov
17
13
5
2
1
1
4
4
-
-
Dec
2
1
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
-

Kirkuk
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Rockets
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
13
6
4
1
-
-
-
3
3
1
Feb
21
10
7
3
-
-
-
4
1
-
Mar
22
15
11
2
-
2
1
3
1
1
Apr
18
4
3
1
-
-
8
1
-
1
May
14
28
2
-
2
1
1
4
4
-
Jun
25
12
4
2
-
2
10
6
-
-
Jul
7
20
1
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
Aug
7
20
2
1
2
-
-
2
-
1
Sep
14
25
2
2
1
3
4
2
-
-
Oct
16
29
1
4
4
1
4
2
-
1
Nov
7
7
2
-
-
2
-
1
-
-
Dec
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
1
-
-

Salahaddin
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Rockets
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan
11
9
8
-
-
-
-
2
-
1
Feb
7
5
1
1
-
2
-
-
-
-
Mar
23
8
9
2
-
3
-
-
1
-
Apr
6
8
2
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
May
14
10
10
1
1
-
-
1
1
-
Jun
15
15
4
1
-
7
-
-
-
1
Jul
9
6
-
4
-
-
2
1
1
-
Aug
9
15
1
3
-
1
1
1
1
-
Sep
5
10
1
1
-
-
1
1
3
1
Oct
2
9
1
-
-
1
-
1
1
-
Nov
5
7
2
2
-
1
-
1
-
2
Dec
1
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-

Islamic State Activity in Ninewa 2018
Ninewa
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jun
7
2
3
1
-
-
-
-
-
Jul
9
9
1
1
1
1
2
-
-
Aug
9
9
2
-
-
1
1
-
-
Sep
8
3
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
Oct
13
5
-
1
-
1
-
-
1
Nov
9
7
2
1
-
-
3
-
1
Dec
2
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
(Gun Battles, Attacks on Checkpoints, Attacks on Mukhtars, Attacks on Towns are all subsets of the total number of shootings and IEDs/Sticky Bombs reported)

Suicide-Car Bombs In Iraq 2018
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
-
-
-

Security In Iraq 2017-18
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
JAN 2017
719
1,923
4,374
FEB
628
1,891 + 399
2,511 + 1,634
MAR
720
3,504 + 278
3,302 + 2,925
APR
578
2,933
1,955
MAY
528
2,038
1,563
JUN
534
2,038
1,563
JUL
478
1,490
650
AUG
359
1,949
584
SEP
306
728
549
OCT
286
913
865 + 1,700
NOV
296
1,282
425
DEC
261
763
300
Jan 1-7
71
50
66
Jan 8-14
64
62
70
Jan 15-21
68
156
151
Jan 22-28
68
148
66
Jan 29-31
27
23
22
JAN 2018
298
439
(218 Violent
Deaths)
375
Feb 1-7
66
196
67
Feb 8-14
65
63
93
Feb 15-21
59
346
43
Feb 22-28
55
44
72
FEB
245
649
(233 Violent Deaths)
275
Mar 1-7
78
120
84
Mar 8-14
60
84
61
Mar 15-21
67
168
98
Mar 22-28
81
213
61
Mar 29-31
21
26
35
MAR
307
611
(466 Violent Deaths)
339
Apr 1-7
40
174
29
Apr 8-14
64
175
83
Apr 15-21
44
63
72
Apr 22-28
44
62
48
Apr 29-30
12
12
4
APR
204
486
(240 Violent Deaths)
236
May 1-7
51
57
56
May 8-14
56
68
49
May 15-21
39
58
82
May 22-28
51
73
51
May 29-31
21
42
15
MAY
218
298
(273 Violent Deaths)
253
Jun 1-7
55
100
32
Jun 8-14
72
108
88
Jun 15-21
42
83
19
Jun 22-28
52
58
65
Jun 29-30
18
22
14
JUN
239
371
(327 Violent Deaths)
218
Jul 1-7
56
58
91
Jul 8-14
44
57
31
Jul 15-21
54
61
64
Jul 22-28
36
65
21
Jul 29-31
24
26
11
JUL
214
267
(222 Violent Deaths)
218
Aug 1-7
49
57
30
Aug 8-14
47
43
51
Aug 15-21
45
26
45
Aug 22-28
42
29
64
Aug 29-31
33
69
44
AUG
216
224
(209 Violent Deaths)
234
Sep 1-7
45
46
61
Sep 8-14
57
67
127
Sep 15-21
50
93
71
Sep 22-28
47
27
33
Sep 29-30
11
20
29
SEP
210
253
(195 Violent Deaths)
321
Oct 1-7
60
88
94
Oct 8-14
50
169
48
Oct 15-21
56
88
37
Oct 22-28
31
28
54
Oct 29-31
25
10
24
OCT
222
383
(193 Violent Deaths)
257
Nov 1-7
38
80
46
Nov 8-14
42
112
19
Nov 15-21
36
56
29
Nov 22-28
28
37
30
Nov 29-30
11
5
27
NOV
155
290
(197 Violent Deaths)
151
Dec 1-7
34
26
11

Violence By Province Dec 1-7, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
2 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Hashd

1 Shooting
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Babil
1 Incident
4 Wounded
4 Hashd

1 IED
Baghdad
12 Incidents
5 Killed
5 Civilians

6 Shootings
Diyala
4 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Mortar
Kirkuk
3 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
4 Wounded
4 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 Mortar
Kurdistan
7 Incidents
13 Killed
13 PKK

7 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
Salahaddin
3 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Hashd
2 Wounded
2 Hashd

1 Shooting
1 Suicide Bomber Killed

SOURCES

Baghdad Post, "A civilian was injured when a mortar shell landed near a municipal district north of Baquba," 12/4/18
- "Dismantled an explosive device was placed in front of the main tower of electricity northeast Diyala," 12/7/18
- "One member of the popular crowd was killed and two others were wounded in an armed attack south of Balad," 12/1/18

Bas News, "IS Kills Tribal Chief in Mosul," 12/4/18

Erozden, Can, "Turkish forces 'neutralize' 5PKK terrorists in N. Iraq," Anadolu Agency, 12/4/18

Al Forat, "URGENT The crowd kills and injures three suicide bombers," 12/6/18

Al Ghad Press, "Eight PKK members were killed by Turkish shelling of their positions in northern Iraq," 12/7/18

Al Maalomah, "Unknown body found in central Baiji district," 12/5/18

NINA, "Daesh Attack A Village In Kirkuk," 12/2/18
- "Daesh Attack A Village In Mosul And Kidnap Its Mukhtar," 12/4/18
- "Daesh bombarded a village in Hawija with mortars," 12/4/18
- "The Popular Mobilization Forces Foil An Attempt To Daesh To Sneak Into Areas, North-East Of Baquba," 12/6/18

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