Monday, March 18, 2019

Security In Iraq Mar 8-14, 2019

(Al Forat)

Violence in Iraq remained exceptionally low during the start of March. There were very few attacks by the Islamic State. There was a high casualty number, but that was due to another mass grave being discovered with victims of the insurgents.

There were 19 incidents, 18 of which were attacks, reported in Iraq from March 8-14. That was only slightly above the 13 the first week of March, which was the lowest total ever recorded by Musings On Iraq. Diyala with 6 had the most incidents during the week.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Mar 1-7
Mar 8-14
Anbar
2
2
Babil
-
1
Diyala
4
6
Kirkuk
3
4
Ninewa
4
2
Salahaddin
-
4
TOTALS
13
19/18

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Mar 1-7
Mar 8-14
Anbar
7 (6K, 1)
4 (1K, 3W)
Babil
-
2 (2K)
Diyala
6 (2K, 4W)
17 (6K, 11W)
Kirkuk
1 (1K)
3 (1K, 2W)
Ninewa
53 (13K, 40W)
77 (67K, 10W)
Salahaddin
-
13 (2K, 11W)
TOTALS
67 (22K, 45W)
112 (75K, 37W)

There were 112 casualties during the week because of a mass grave. In the Baaj district of western Ninewa the bodies of 65 people, believed to have been members of the Iraqi Election Commission were found. Minus that and there were only 10 violent deaths during the week with another 37 wounded. 3 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 4 Hashd al-Shaabi and 68 civilians lost their lives and another 10 Hashd, 10 ISF and 17 civilians were injured. If Ninewa was not included Diyala with 17 and Salahaddin with 13 had the most casualties from March 8-14.

Anbar has been relatively quiet the first two weeks of March after an increase in attacks in February. From March 8-14 there were just two incidents. One was the body of a man kidnapped by the Islamic State in February being found. The other was rockets from Syria hitting a house in west Anbar and wounding three people. An Anbar councilman and a tribal Hashd commander both warned that IS elements were fleeing Syria into the province. That might have accounted for the rise in violence last month, but in March the group has not been that active.

This was the second week in a row with no likely incidents by the militants in Baghdad. The capital used to be the center of terrorism in the country but IS has largely abandoned in for rebuilding in other parts of the country.

Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin are the center of IS’s attempts to regroup. In Diyala there were 6 incidents. That included a policeman being killed at a checkpoint by a sniper, mortar fire on a town, and an IED on a Hashd patrol. There was a demonstration in Mukhisa by citizens over the withdrawal of the Hashd. The town is in the Abu Saida district, which had been a prime target of IS in previous weeks and the people were angry that the Iraqi forces were leaving. Kirkuk witnessed IEDs on the houses of a North Oil Company worker and an ISF officer, plus a checkpoint was attacked. Mosul was hit with a car bomb that left twelve casualties. This was the second vehicle bomb in the city in two months. The number of attacks in Ninewa remain low, but it has been the scene of constant attempts at mass casualty bombings for the last few months. The governorate is also supposed to be receiving IS fighters from Syria. Finally, Salahaddin had 4 incidents all IEDs. The insurgents have access to nearly all the rural areas of these provinces. The government has no real strategy to counter them. There are constant security operations, but they usually turn up weapons but very few militants, and IS simply moves out when the Iraqi forces conduct a sweep, and return afterward.

Islamic State Activity in Iraq 2018-19
Anbar
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Mortars/
Rockets
Kidnappings
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
8
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
1
Feb
3
8
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
Mar
6
15
3
2
-
1
1
-
-
Apr
1
5
1
-
-
-
-
3
-
May
2
7
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
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
-
-
-
-
Jan 2019
6
4
1
-
2
-
1
1
1
Feb
10
11
4
1
1
1
4
-
-
Mar
1
1
-
-
-
1
-
-
-

Diyala
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 2018
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
15
10
3
3
-
1
1
2
-
-
Jan 2019
21
2
3
8
-
-
1
5
-
-
Feb
18
2
5
7
-
-
3
4
-
-
Mar
4
4
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 2018
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
8
6
-
-
1
3
1
2
-
-
Jan 2019
8
17
-
4
2
3
-
2
-
1
Feb
9
5
3
-
-
2
1
1
-
-
Mar
1
8
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-

Ninewa
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
18
8
7
1
1
-
-
-
-
Feb
19
7
8
1
-
1
-
1
-
Mar
20
6
7
1
-
1
-
-
-
Apr
8
6
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
May
11
6
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
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
8
6
1
-
3
1
-
-
1
Jan 2019
6
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
Feb
8
3
2
2
-
-
1
-
1
Mar
4
-
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 2018
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
4
-
2
1
-
1
-
1
-
-
Jan 2019
5
5
3
1
-
3
-
-
-
1
Feb
7
15
3
-
-
2
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 2018-19
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
-
1
(1 – Ninewa)
1
Jan
1
(1 – Anbar)
3
(1 – Anbar
1 – Kirkuk
1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
4
Feb
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
1
(1 – Ninewa/Mosul)
2
Mar
-
1
(1 – Ninewa/Mosul)
1

Security In Iraq 2018-19
Week
Security
Incidents
(Total/By IS)
Dead
(Total/By IS)
Wounded
(Total/By IS)
Jan 1-7
62/60
45
63
Jan 8-14
58/56
58/56
66/63
Jan 15-21
62/59
151
151
Jan 22-28
59/51
140/136
65/63
Jan 29-31
24
21
21
JAN 2018
265/
250 by IS
417/
409 by IS
(196 Violent Deaths)
366/
361 by IS
Feb 1-7
58/56
192/141
62/60
Feb 8-14
57
58
91
Feb 15-21
53/52
343
43
Feb 22-28
46/44
38/37
70/68
FEB
214/
209 by IS
631/
579 by IS
(215 Violent Deaths)
266/
262 by IS
Mar 1-7
68/64
115/108
79/77
Mar 8-14
52
75
59
Mar 15-21
64/59
165/119
98
Mar 22-28
77/64
210/87
61/60
Mar 29-31
19/18
26/25
34
MAR
280/
257 by IS
591/
414 by IS
(446 Violent Deaths)
331/
328 by IS
Apr 1-7
38/34
172/140
27/25
Apr 8-14
60/52
173/136
81/72
Apr 15-21
43/35
63/18
72/70
Apr 22-28
40/31
60/30
39/33
Apr 29-30
12/11
14/11
4
APR
193/
163 by IS
482/
335 by IS
(236 Violent Deaths)
223/
204 by IS
May 1-7
45/39
52/43
55/54
May 8-14
55/51
68/46
49
May 15-21
35/32
55/26
80/75
May 22-28
49/46
72/62
51/49
May 29-31
16/13
39/30
15
MAY
200/
181 by IS
286/
207 by IS
(261 Violent Deaths)
250/
242 by IS
Jun 1-7
50/44
96/87
29/28
Jun 8-14
67/59
107/47
88
Jun 15-21
40/35
82/28
19
Jun 22-28
45/44
53/38
62
Jun 29-30
17/15
21/16
14
JUN
219/
197 by IS
359/
216 by IS
(315 Violent Deaths)
212/
211 by IS
Jul 1-7
50/49
56/52
90
Jul 8-14
42/39
56/47
31
Jul 15-21
50/45
59/42
63
Jul 22-28
29/24
61/53
19/15
Jul 29-31
23/21
25/13
11
JUL
194/
178 by IS
257/
207 by IS
(212 Violent Deaths)
214/
210 by IS
Aug 1-7
43/39
49/45
30/29
Aug 8-14
43/42
38
44
Aug 15-21
38/35
24/21
40/37
Aug 22-28
35/31
25/19
61
Aug 29-31
27/24
68/30
43
AUG
186/
171 by IS
204/
153 by IS
(189 Violent Deaths)
218/
214 by IS
Sep 1-7
38
44
54
Sep 8-14
48/43
63/55
127
Sep 15-21
44/38
90/74
70
Sep 22-28
36/33
22/17
27/26
Sep 29-30
9/6
19/10
29/25
SEP
175/
158 by IS
237/
200 by IS
(179 Violent Deaths)
307/
302 by IS
Oct 1-7
54/49
85/25
92
Oct 8-14
43/41
161/152
41
Oct 15-21
54/50
87/72
35
Oct 22-28
24/23
24/20
53
Oct 29-31
23
10
24
OCT
198/
186 by IS
367/
279 by IS
(177 Violent Deaths)
245 by IS
Nov 1-7
32/31
75/69
36
Nov 8-14
39/31
111/63
19
Nov 15-21
30/27
51/43
29
Nov 22-28
26/21
35/25
30
Nov 29-30
9/8
4
27
NOV
136/
118 by IS
276/
204 by IS
(183 Violent Deaths_
141 by IS
Dec 1-7
22/15
21/8
11
Dec 8-14
22
15
22
Dec 15-21
23/21
23/16
17
Dec 22-28
30/28
24/18
37
Dec 29-31
15/14
225/220
4
DEC
112/
100 by IS
308/
277 by IS
(96 Violent Deaths)
91 by IS
Jan 1-7
32/31
17/10
24
Jan 8-14
32/30
97/94
53
Jan 15-21
22/18
17/11
16/14
Jan 22-28
27/22
36/17
31
Jan 29-31
12
7
6
JAN
125/
114 by IS
174/
139 by IS
(108 Violent Deaths)
130/
128 by IS
Feb 1-7
29/28
76
30
Feb 8-14
24
26
18
Feb 15-21
40
112
12
Feb 22-28
25
36
70
FEB
118/
117 by IS
250 by IS
(115 Violent Deaths)
130 by IS
Mar 1-7
13
22
45
Mar 8-14
19/18
75/10
37

Violence By Province Mar 8-14 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
2 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
3 Wounded
3 Civilians

1 Rockets
Babil
1 Incident
2 Killed
2 Hashd

1 IED
Diyala
6 Incidents
2 Killed
2 ISF
11 Wounded
3 Hashd
8 Civilians

2 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Mortar
Kirkuk
4 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Hashd
2 Wounded
1 Hashd
1 ISF

1 Shooting
3 IEDs
Ninewa
2 Incidents
67 Killed
1 ISF
66 Civilians
10 Wounded
3 Civilians
7 ISF

1 Car Bomb
Salahaddin
4 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Hashd
11 Wounded
2 ISF
3 Civilians
6 Hashd

4 IEDs

SOURCES

Baghdad Post, "The bombing targeted the home of an employee in Kirkuk…The damage is only physical," 3/8/19
- "The death of a policeman and the injury of five civilians, including three brothers with a mortar on the side of Diyala," 3/13/19
- “Al-Fahdawi warns of the infiltration of members of Daesh to the western regions of the Anbar desert,” 3/12/19
- “An Iraqi mountain housing 300 Daesh with their families near Makhmour district,” 3/13/19
- "A policeman was killed by sniper fire in a village in Diyala," 3/8/19
- “Tribal crowd in Anbar: elements of intruders infiltrated from Syria into Iraqi territory,” 3/13/19

Buratha News, "Targeting the house of a colonel with an improvised explosive device in Kirkuk," 3/8/19

Al Forat, "A foul crime for the poor in Rutba," 3/13/19
- "A graveyard containing the remains of 65 government employees was found in Mosul," 3/13/19

Al Ghad Pres, "Security explosion: Mosul explosion killed a security man and a girl and wounded 10 others," 3/8/19

NINA, "2 Civilians, 8 Security Members, Including 3 Civilians, Wounded In Mosul’s Car Bomb," 3/8/19
- "Death and wounding of two members of the tribal crowd west of Kirkuk," 3/8/19
- "IED Injures 3 Fighters Of The PMF, Northeast Of Baquba," 3/14/19
- “A Security Official In Diyala Warns Of The Collapse Of Security Situation In Waqf Basin After The Withdrawal Of The PMF,” 3/12/19

Al Sumaria, "A member of the Anbar Council: 3 civilians were injured when a missile hit their house from the Syrian side," 3/9/19

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