Monday, December 24, 2018

Security In Iraq Dec 15-21, 2018

(Iraqi News)

For the fourth week in a row there has just been around 20 incidents in Iraq. This marks the lowest weekly totals since Musings On Iraq began tracking security in Iraq. It appears that the Islamic State is stepping back from carrying out attacks this winter.

There were 23 incidents December 15-21, 2018. There were 22 the week before, and 22 the first week of December and 28 the last full week of November. No area has been in double figures since the start of the month. Anbar and Ninewa were tied with 5 for most during the week.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Anbar
2
-
5
Babil
1
-
-
Baghdad
-
3
2
Diyala
4
8
3
Kirkuk
3
4
4
KRG
7
-
2
Ninewa
2
5
5
Qadisiya
-
1
-
Salahaddin
3
1
2
TOTALS
22
22
23

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Dec 1-7
Dec 8-14
Dec 15-21
Anbar
2 (2K)
-
19 (6K, 13W)
Babil
4 (4W)
-
-
Baghdad
-
1 (1K)
2 (2K)
Diyala
2 (1K, 1W)
11 (3K, 8W)
3 (2K, 1W)
Kirkuk
5 (1K, 4W)
10 (3K, 7W)
2 (2W)
KRG
13 (13K)
-
7 (7K)
Ninewa
2 (2K)
14 (8K, 6W)
6 (5K, 1W)
Qadisiya
-
1 (1W)
-
Salahaddin
4 (2K, 2W)
-
1 (1K)
TOTALS
32 (21K, 11W)
37 (15K, 22W)
40 (23K, 17W)

Casualties have slowly climbed during December. There were 32 the first week of the month, 37 the second, and 40 the third. There were 19 in Anbar from December 15-21 to led the country. In total, 7 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 7 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and 9 civilians were killed, along with 7 civilians and 10 ISF being injured.

Turkish air strikes claimed another 7 PKK members in northern Kurdistan. These have no become routine with weekly reports of bombing missions.

Anbar had been very quiet the last few weeks. There were suddenly five incidents December 15-21. That included three IEDs on the security forces, one against civilians, and rocket fire at a house. That left 6 dead and 13 wounded total. During the fall there was a slight surge in attacks as IS was probing the area and setting off mass casualty bombings. That has since ended.

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
4
-
-
1
-
-
-

Since November IS related attacks have completely fallen off in Baghdad. There were only 13 incidents in November, and 5 so far in December.

There has been a revision of where the Islamic State is rebuilding. Diyala and Kirkuk are still major areas of operation, but Salahaddin is not anymore. Instead Ninewa has seen a constant level of activity. In Diyala, IS used to be most active in the rural areas of the north, center and west, but has since focused more on the northeast, specifically the Jalawla and Khanaqin districts exploiting gaps in security there that have emerged since the federal authorities took control there. The Hamrin Mountains that stretch across the Diyala and Salahaddin border remains a base as well. In Kirkuk the southern districts of Riyad and Halabja, along with the rural areas south of Mosul are the other areas where IS is most active. During the week there were the usual targeting of local security forces and mukhtars meant to establish the group’s control of the rural areas.

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
8
5
1
-
-
1
-
2
-
-

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
7
5
-
-
1
-
1
2
-
-

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
7
2
1
-
2
-
-
-
-

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
3
-
1
1
-
-
-
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
62
45
63
Jan 8-14
58
58
70
Jan 15-21
62
151
151
Jan 22-28
59
140
65
Jan 29-31
21
21
21
JAN 2018
265
417
(228 Bodies Found)
366
Feb 1-7
58
192
62
Feb 8-14
57
58
91
Feb 15-21
53
343
43
Feb 22-28
46
38
70
FEB
214
631
(416 Bodies Found)
266
Mar 1-7
68
115
79
Mar 8-14
52
75
59
Mar 15-21
64
165
98
Mar 22-28
77
210
61
Mar 29-31
19
26
34
MAR
280
591
(145 Bodies Found)
331
Apr 1-7
38
172
27
Apr 8-14
60
173
81
Apr 15-21
43
63
72
Apr 22-28
40
60
39
Apr 29-30
12
14
4
APR
193
482
(246 Bodies Found)
223
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
54
85
92
Oct 8-14
43
161
41
Oct 15-21
54
87
35
Oct 22-28
24
24
53
Oct 29-31
23
10
24
OCT
198
367
(190 Bodies Found)
245
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
22
21
11
Dec 8-14
22
15
22
Dec 15-21
23
23
17

Violence By Province Dec 15-21, 2018
Province
Violence
Anbar
5 Incidents
6 Killed
2 Civilians
4 ISF
13 Wounded
4 Civilians
9 ISF

4 IEDs
1 Rockets
Baghdad
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
Diyala
3 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Civilian
1 ISF
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

3 Shootings
Kirkuk
4 Incidents
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

1 Shooting
5 IEDs
1 Mortar
Kurdistan
2 Incidents
7 Killed
7 PKK

2 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
5 Incidents
5 Killed
1 ISF
4 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 ISF

4 Shootings
1 IED
Salahaddin
2 Incidents
1 Killed
1 ISF

1 Shooting
1 Mortar

SOURCES

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Bomb blast kills Iraqi policeman in Anbar," Iraqi News, 12/15/18

Hurriyet Daily, "Turkey conducts new wave of airstrikes in Iraq's north," 12/17/18

Iraq Newspaper, "Daesh Terrorists, Killing Three, Including An Officer And Wounding Two Others By Shelling A House With Grenades In Ramadi," 12/17/18
- "Eight Iraqi Army Soldiers Killed And Injured In Bomb Explosion In Haditha," 12/20/18
- "Police Killed And Wounded In Terrorist Bombing In Qayara, South Of Mosul," 12/15/18
- "A Supporter Of The Terrorist Admits The Execution Of Mukhtar Al-Omrani Ragheb Al-Badrani In Mosul And Publishes 4 Pictures On Twitter," 12/20/18

Al Maalomah, "Two civilians wounded when a bomb exploded in western Ramadi," 12/21/18

Mostafa, Mohammed, "Three Iraqi police members killed in Anbar explosion," Iraqi News, 12/15/18

NINA, "A policeman killed in an armed attack in Baquba," 12/21/18

Shafaaq News, "Daash kills a member of the North Oil Police in an attack on a field in an Iraqi province," 12/19/18

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