Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Security In Iraq Apr 8-14, 2019

(Shafaaq News)

The second week of April started with a major surge in violence as the Islamic State launched their annual spring-summer offensive. Then the Iraqi forces had a major coup when they took an IS headquarters in the Hamrin Mountains capturing important documents and killing a major insurgent leader. Can this setback derail the new campaign or was the week a preview of things to come?

There were 41 attacks from April 8-14, the most since the third week of October 2018. After the last spring-summer offensive ended the militants largely packed up for the winter. They came out this week kicking off a new campaign called Revenge of the Levant after the group’s recent loss of its last territory in eastern Syria. Anbar and Diyala with 12 each had the most incidents.

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

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

The new offensive resulted in a large number of casualties. There were 28 deaths and 42 wounded. 3 Hashd al-Shaabi, 5 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 20 civilians lost their lives, and 11 Hashd, 13 ISF, and 18 civilians were injured. Diyala with 22 casualties, and Anbar and Salahaddin with 14 each led the country.

Anbar was at the center of the new IS campaign. There were 12 attacks there including 7 suicide bombers killed in three separate incidents, a gun battle with the insurgents in Garma, and a man escaped an IS kidnapping.

For the second week there were attacks in Babil. Usually there are only one a month. This time there was a shootout and an IED, both in Jurf al-Sakhr where almost all violence in the province takes place. The confrontation here and in Garma, Anbar were said to be the start of the new IS offensive.

There were two incidents in Baghdad from April 8-14, one in the outer north and the other in the outer south. If the militants want to challenge the government they must eventually return to the capital. There have been several weeks since the start of the year where there were no incidents in Baghdad, which was a dramatic change since the governorate routinely used to have the most violent in Iraq.

Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salahaddin are the main areas IS is operating in. Diyala had 12 incidents including one gun battle, one ambush of the Hashd, and sniper fire at a checkpoint. IS also released a video in which they beheaded a mukhtar and executed seven others from the province. Kirkuk had four incidents, only one of which was serious when an IED hit a patrol and then the response units of the police were ambushed. In Ninewa a sheikh was killed by an IED along with two other incidents. Finally, Salahaddin had 6 incidents including a car bomb that targeted a Hashd commander in the Baiji district in the west, a suicide car bomb was destroyed in a security operation, and a Hashd convoy was attacked and the rescue forces were ambushed as well. The Islamic State is active in almost all the rural areas of these provinces. They are collecting taxes, imposing control, and the government has not responded well. That’s due to a lack of good intelligence, mass arrests which turn the population against the security forces, and ineffective security sweeps, which are almost always in response to insurgent activity instead of being proactive.

Despite those limitations the Counter Terror Services (CTS) and Hashd backed by the air force and Coalition air power launched a surgical strike at an Islamic State headquarters in the Hamrin Mountains which stretch across the Diyala-Salahaddin border. Heavy rains were said to have forced the militants out of their caves and exposed them to attack. A large number of IS documents were captured that detailed the names and plans of the group, and an IS leader was killed as well. CTS General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi claimed that this raid ended the Islamic State’s Revenge of the Levant campaign. That’s yet to be seen, but this was a very important operation.

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
7
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
11
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
2
5
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
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
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 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

Violence By Province Apr 8-14, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
12 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Civilian
1 Hashd
12 Wounded
1 Hashd
3 ISF
8 Civilians

1 Shooting
7 IEDs
7 Suicide Bombers Killed
Babil
2 Incidents
3 Wounded
3 Hashd

1 Shooting
1 IED
Baghdad
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians

2 Shootings
Diyala
12 Incidents
11 Killed
2 ISF
9 Civilians
11 Wounded
2 Civilians
4 Hashd
5 ISF

4 Shootings
9 IEDs
Kirkuk
4 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians
9 Wounded
3 ISF
6 Civilians

4 IEDs
Ninewa
3 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
Salahaddin
6 Incidents
8 Killed
2 Hashd
3 Civilians
3 ISF
6 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 ISF
3 Hashd

2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Mortar
1 Car Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed

SOURCES

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

Baghdad Post, "Civilian killed by armed attack in Tarmiyah," 4/9/19
- "Four members of the terrorist group were killed by a bomb planted by villagers in Diyala," 4/12/19
- "Three suicide bombers attempted to clash with security forces in the Anbar desert," 4/112/19

Bas News, "IS Ambushes Hashd al-Shaabi in Khanaqin," 4/13/19

Bulos, Nabih, “Iraq’s new war against Islamic State: Halting the group’s budding rural resurgence,” Los Angeles Times, 3/8/19

Buratha News, "A tribal elder was killed and his nephew wounded by a roadside bomb south of Mosul," 4/10/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Iraqi troops gun down two Islamic State suicide bombers in Anbar," Iraqi News, 4/8/19
- "Islamic State sniper wounds two Iraqi soldiers in Diyala," Iraqi News, 4/14/19

Al Forat, "The popular crowd detonates a suicide car bomb and conducts searches in Salahaddin," 4/10/19

Hath al-Youm, "Killing and wounding 7 of the security forces and the crowd in attacks by Daesh in three Iraqi provinces," 4/10/19

Iraq Newspaper, "The Death of A Badr Corps Official In Ninewa," 4/10/19

Al Mada, “A military operation in Hamrin reveals a large plan by Daesh activating a mountain state,” 4/13/19
- “Security forces repel the “Battle of the Revenge of the Levant” in Garma and Jurf al-Sakhr,” 4/10/19

NINA, "Anbar Operations Command Kills 2 Terrorists, Wearing Explosive Belts, And Arrests 2 Others," 4/13/19
- "IED Explodes On A Patrol Of Federal Police In Hawija District, Kirkuk, Injuring A Number Of Police," 4/11/19

Rudaw, “Iraqi counter-terror forces begin operation against ISIS in northern mountains,” 4/11/19
- "ISIS militants execute Iraqi mukhtars, militiamen in new video," 4/14/19

Al Sumaria, "An abducted person was freed an hour after being abducted by terrorists in the Anbar desert," 4/11/19
- "Civilian killed by armed attack in Diyala bridge area," 4/12/19

Xinhua, "4 security members killed in attacks in Iraq," 4/11/19

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