Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Security In Iraq Apr 15-21, 2019

(Iraqi News)

The Islamic State announced a new offensive in the second week of April. There was a corresponding jump in attacks. The third week of the month however, there was a big drop back to the previous averages. Is this the result of the ebb and flow of insurgent attacks or was their operation disrupted by a recent raid into one of their headquarters in Diyala?

From April 15-21, 2019 there were just 17 incidents. That was down from 41 the week before when IS said it was starting a new campaign. 17 is around the average number of weekly incidents since March. Ninewa with 5 and Baghdad and Diyala with 4 each led the country in violence. There were no incidents in Salahaddin.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Apr 1-7
Apr 8-14
Apr 15-21
Anbar
2
12
1
Babil
1
2
-
Baghdad
4
2
4
Diyala
8
12
4
Kirkuk
3
4
3
Ninewa
1
3
5
Salahaddin
1
6
-
TOTALS
20
41
17

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Apr 1-7
Apr 8-14
Apr 15-21
Anbar
6 (5K, 1W)
14 (2K, 12W)
17 (17W)
Babil
2 (2W)
3 (3W)
-
Baghdad
3 (3K)
2 (2K)
3 (2K, 1W)
Diyala
15 (6K, 7W)
22 (11K, 11W)
3 (1K, 2W)
Kirkuk
8 (6K, 2W)
12 (3K, 9W)
7 (4K, 3W)
Ninewa
1 (1K)
3 (2K, 1W)
6 (3K, 3W)
Salahaddin
2 (1K, 1W)
14 (8K, 6W)
-
TOTALS
35 (22K, 13W)
70 (28K, 42W)
35 (9K, 26W)

Anbar only had one incident when an IED hit a bus full of soldiers in Niamiya in the Ramadi district in the east. It resulted in 17 soldiers being wounded. Anbar was one of the provinces that saw a huge jump in attacks the previous week, but they were way down the third week of April.

The Islamic State appears to be returning to Baghdad province, but it is all in the periphery and very small incidents. There were four attacks consisting of three shootings and an IED. This was the fifth straight week when there were incidents in the governorate. Before that there were several weeks with no reported insurgent activity. Almost all the violence takes place in the towns on the perimeter of the province in the north, south and west.

Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin are where IS is rebuilding. There were four incidents in Diyala consisting of two IEDs and two grenade attacks. One was on a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan office in the Khanaqin district in the northeast. Kirkuk had 3 incidents including an ambush of a police patrol, and a raid by the Kurdish counter terror service led to a gun battle killing two members of the team and wounding one more. Ninewa had five incidents including two people being kidnapped, three IEDs, and a body being found in the rubble of west Mosul from the battle for the city. Rudaw reported that locals in Makhmour of the province complained about IS being active in the area. The district has a lack of security forces providing a no man’s land for the militants to operate in. IS is active in almost all the rural areas of these provinces. There is little government presence like in Makhmour which is giving the group free reign to regroup.

At the start of the week General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi of the Counter Terror Service (CTS) claimed that his forces’ raid into the Hamrin Mountains where it found an insurgent headquarters and captured a large trough of documents had disrupted IS’s new campaign. The large drop in incidents show at the minimum that the CTS operation might have disrupted the militants’ plans. It will take several weeks to tell whether this action had a lasting effect or not.

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
2
1
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
Apr
1
8
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
7
6
1
2
-
-
-
2
-
-
Apr
9
13
2
4
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 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
5
11
2
1
2
-
2
1
-
-
Apr
4
6
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

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
6
1
3
-
-
-
1
-
1
Apr
2
5
-
-
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 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
-
Mar
5
6
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
Apr
-
2
(1 – Anbar
1 - Salahaddin)
2

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
Mar 15-21
12/11
66/37
21/11
Mar 22-28
13/12
8/5
1
Mar 29-31
6
8
7
MAR
63/
61 by IS
179/
147 by IS
(54 Violent Deaths by IS)
111/
101 by IS
Apr 1-7
20
22
13
Apr 8-14
41
28
42
Apr 15-21
17
9/8
26

Violence By Province Apr 15-21, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
1 Incident
17 Wounded
17 ISF

1 IED
Baghdad
4 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Hashd

3 Shootings
1 IED
Diyala
4 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

2 IEDs
1 Grenades
Kirkuk
3 Incidents
4 Killed
1 ISF
2 Kurdish Counter Terror
3 Wounded
1 Kurdish Counter Terror
2 ISF

2 Shootings
1 IED
Ninewa
5 Incidents
3 Killed
1 Civilian
2 ISF
3 Wounded
3 ISF

3 IEDs

SOURCES

AIN, “Abd al-Wahab al-Saadi: We foiled the “Invasion of the Levant”, which Daesh tried to implement,” 4/15/19

Al Alam, "Explosion of an explosive device north of Baghdad," 4/19/19

Baghdad Post, "The body of a young man was recovered from the rubble of a house in Mosul," 4/20/19
- "An official was wounded by an armed attack north of Baghdad," 4/19/19
- "Two grenades exploded in two separate incidents n Diyala," 4/19/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Bomb attack kills two policemen, including captain, in Mosul," Iraqi News, 4/20/19
- "IS militants, dressed up in military uniforms, abduct two Iraqi brothers," Iraqi News, 4/15/19

Edwards, Robert and Rwanduzy, Mohammed, “Is ISIS winning hearts and minds in Iraq’s Makhmour?” Rudaw, 4/18/19

Iraq Newspaper, "The Terrorist On Twitter Announced The Bombing Of A Police Car In The City Of Mosul," 4/18/19

NINA, "2 Of Kirkuk Anti-Terror Forces Martyred And A Third Wounded In A Clash With Daesh," 4/19/19
- "A Civilian killed by an explosive device northeast of Baquba," 4/17/19
- "A farmer and his son were injured in an explosive device explosion northeast of Baquba," 4/19/19
- "The headquarters of a Kurdish party was attacked by a grenades northeast of Baquba," 4/19/19

Shafaaq News, "A bomb targeting an ambulance carrying a pregnant woman southwest of Kirkuk," 4/15/19

Sotaliraq, "Killed and injured elements of the federal police in Kirkuk," 4/17/19

Al Sumaria, "A bomb exploded in front of a health center in Mosul," 4/19/19
- "A civilian was killed by armed gunfire northwest of Baghdad," 4/21/19
- "A civilian was killed with silenced guns north of Baghdad," 4/15/19

Xinhua, "17 Iraqi soldiers injured in roadside bombing in central Iraq," 4/16/19

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