Thursday, August 3, 2017

1,459 Killed, 636 Wounded In Iraq July 2017


Casualties and security incidents reached the lowest monthly totals of 2017 in July due to the end of the Mosul campaign. Before, the battle for the city was driving violence across the country. Now they will be heading downwards until the next offensive begins.

There were 477 incidents reported in the media in July 2017. That was the lowest monthly total for the year. The year started at 712 incidents in January, then 620 in February, 716 in March, 569 in April, 522 in May, and 533 in June. The vast majority of incidents have been in Ninewa province due to Mosul. Now that the battle for the city has concluded violence is going down.

By province, there were 202 incidents in Ninewa, 103 in Baghdad, 43 in Salahaddin, 42 in Diyala, 33 in Anbar, 28 in Kirkuk, 12 in Babil, 5 in Basra, 3 in Kurdistan, 2 in Dohuk, 2 in Karbala, 1 in Muthanna, and 1 in Sulaymaniya. In Sulaymaniya an imam from the Kurdistan Islamic Group was shot and killed. A sticky bomb went off in Samawa, Muthanna with no casualties. The western desert of Karbala saw two attacks by the Islamic State. First, rockets were fired, and then eight suicide bombers were killed. These both originated from Anbar. Dohuk experienced Turkish air strikes and shelling targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Likewise, northeast Kurdistan was hit by the Turks twice, and Iranians aiming at their Kurdish opposition. Outside of tribal fighting there has been a rash of shootings of civilians in Basra. Babil, Kirkuk, Anbar, Diyala, Salahaddin, Baghdad and Ninewa are the seven main provinces beset by fighting IS and terrorism.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province July 2017
Ninewa 202
Baghdad 103
Salahaddin 43
Diyala 42
Anbar 33
Kirkuk 28
Babil 12
Basra 5
Kurdistan 3
Dohuk 2
Karbala 2
Muthanna 1
Sulaymaniya 1

A total of 1,459 people were killed and 636 wounded during the month. Those were both yearly lows. Previously, February with 1,862 deaths, and June’s 1,135 injured were the low points in 2017. July’s dead broke down to 5 Peshmerga, 7 PKK, 67 Hashd al-Shaabi, 179 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 1,201 civilians. The wounded consisted of 25 Peshmerga, 64 Hashd, 111 ISF, and 436 civilians.

Of course, Ninewa led Iraq in casualties in July with 1,385. That was followed by 189 in Baghdad, 169 in Kirkuk, 138 in Anbar, 82 in Salahaddin, 73 in Diyala, 37 in Babil, 10 in Kurdistan, 6 in Dohuk, 5 in Basra, and 1 in Sulaymaniya.

Casualties In Iraq By Province June 2017
Ninewa 1,385 (1,061 Killed, 324 Wounded)
Baghdad 189 (78 Killed, 111 Wounded)
Kirkuk 169 (141 Killed, 28 Wounded
Anbar 138 (75 Killed, 63 Wounded)
Salahaddin 82 (47 Killed, 35 Wounded0
Diyala 73 (20 Killed, 53 Wounded
Babil 37 (24 Killed, 13 Wounded)
Kurdistan 10 (7 Killed, 3 Wounded)
Dohuk 6 (6 Wounded)
Basra 5 (5 Killed)
Sulaymaniya 1 (1 Killed)

IS still holds western Anbar along the Syrian border, but violence there has been relatively low for the last year. Since October 2016 there has only been an average of one incident per day. That compared to the first half of 2016 when there were around 3 per day. Despite the low numbers, the Islamic State attempted a mass casualty bombing every week. The first week of July there were four suicide bombers, three of which were killed. The second week had 11 suicide bombers, six who hit their target, and 5 that were shot beforehand. The third week had nine suicide bombers, one successful, and a car bomb was destroyed. The fourth week saw seven suicide bombers, six killed, and five car bombs were dismantled. The last three days of the month had 1 suicide car bomb, and four car bombs were destroyed. Those accounted for the high casualties of 75 fatalities and 63 injured, despite just one attack per day.

Terrorism has returned to Babil. For months, there were barely any incidents, but that has changed recently. In July, there were 12 attacks leading to 24 dead and 13 wounded, including one suicide motorcycle bomber being killed, and two car bombs destroyed. Just as important almost all of these attacks were occurring in the Jurf al-Nahda-Musayib area in the northeast that used to be the militants’ base in the governorate.

Baghdad continued to see some of the lowest violence since 2003-2004. Starting in April there have been roughly three incidents per day. That compared to most of 2016 when there were anywhere from 12-8 incidents. The Islamic State is still launching most of its attacks from the rural towns to the south and north of the city. There are still occasionally mass casualty bombings, but few are successful. During the month, there were six suicide bombers, only one of which was able to detonate his device, and five car bombs, four of which were destroyed or dismantled.

Diyala has witnessed the greatest increase in insurgent activity in recent months. Monthly incidents continued to go up and down, but in June, there were an average of two per day, matching the highest mark of 2016, before going down to 1.3 in July. Most attacks are low level shootings, 15 total, or IEDs, 24. But there are larger attacks such as four successful suicide bombers. IS has strongholds throughout the rural and mountainous regions of the province. These are usually isolated or contain lots of small towns, palm groves and rivers that allow the militants to avoid the security, give them cover from aircraft, and provide them access and transportation to the surrounding provinces. The security forces, which are controlled by Badr, carry out continuous sweeps in Diyala, but have not had any discernable effect.

While there were occasional attacks upon the Peshmerga, the majority of incidents in Kirkuk were against people attempting to flee the IS controlled Hawija district. These displaced routinely run into IEDs or are shot at by the insurgents. Otherwise there has been less than one incident per day since December 2016. Hawija however, is the source for IS cells moving out to the surrounding provinces of Diyala and Salahaddin.

The Mosul battle finally concluded in July 2017. Almost all of the 202 incidents occurred in the city, although IS seized the town of Imam al-Gharbi for two weeks, and carried out occasional hit and run attacks in the liberated areas of Ninewa. Based upon the latest reports, a new total for casualties in Mosul was calculated. According to the media, human rights and United Nations reports, and Airwars, a total of 14,669 people died, and 20,614 were injured. Civilians were by far the largest victims with 13,192 dead versus 14 Hashd and 1,463 ISF, and 15,928 injured compared to 1 Coalition soldier, 16 Hashd, and 4,669 ISF. The Islamic State reportedly executed 3,078 people, while Coalition and Iraqi artillery and air strikes were blamed for 4,911 deaths and 3,705 injured.

Mosul Campaign Casualties (10/17/16-7/10/17) – City only
14,669 Killed (14 Hashd, 1,463 ISF, 13,192 Civilians)
20,614 Wounded (1 Coalition Soldier, 16 Hashd, 4,669 ISF, 15,928 Civilians)

Salahaddin is the other province where IS is re-grouping, but security remains stable. Since February 2017 there has only been an average of around one incident per day. There are several mass casualty bombing attacks per month. In July, there were nine car bombs, seven destroyed, and 16 suicide bombers, only four were successful. Most incident however were attacks in the Makhoul Mountains in the northeast or shootings in and around Tikrit and Samarra.

Security In Iraq 2017
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
188
509
1,346
Jan 8-14
168
371
1,036
Jan 15-21
137
585
1,262
Jan 22-28
145
289
310
Jan 29-31
74
127
338
JAN
712
1,881
4,292
Feb 1-7
123
388
176
Feb 8-14
164
434
390
Feb 15-21
148
393
508
Feb 22-28
185
647 + 399
1,390 + 1,634
FEB
620
1,862 + 399
2,464 + 1,634
Mar 1-7
179
749
622
Mar 8-14
171
551
614
Mar 15-21
143
571
1,166
Mar 22-28
152
1,233
575
Mar 29-31
71
374 + 278
288 + 2,925
MAR
716
3,478 + 278
3,265 + 2,925
Apr 1-7
174
903
487
Apr 8-14
126
599
669
Apr 15-21
108
479
449
Apr 22-28
122
698
328
Apr 29-30
39
138
51
APR
569
2,817
1,984
May 1-7
106
405
468
May 8-14
109
601
386
May 15-21
132
363
224
May 22-28
106
433
150
May 29-31
69
214
236
MAY
522
2,016
1,464
Jun 1-7
136
1,403
487
Jun 8-14
127
658
174
Jun 15-21
114
480
101
Jun 22-28
119
340
246
Jun 29-30
37
349
127
JUN
533
3,230
1,135
JAN-JUN
3,669
15,262 +
677
14,497 +
4,559
Jul 1-7
141
798
331
Jul 8-14
105
298
86
Jul 15-21
87
124
72
Jul 22-28
107
189
122
Jul 29-31
37
50
25
JUL
477
1,459
636

Weekly Violence By Province In Iraq, July 2017

Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Anbar
2 Incidents
14 Dead
14 Civilians
20 Wounded
2 ISF
18 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 Suicide
   Bomber
3 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
5 Incidents
14 Dead
1 Civilians
5 ISF
8 Hashd
20 Wounded
1 Civilian
9 Hashd
10 ISF

2 Shootings
2 IEDs
6 Suicide
   Bombers
5 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
8 Incidents
17 Dead
3 ISF
14 Civilians
5 Wounded
5 ISF

3 Shootings
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Mortar
8 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
1 Car Bomb
   Destroyed
14 Incidents
24 Dead
1 Hashd
3 Police
20 Civilians
17 Wounded
3 ISF
7 Hashd
7 Civilians

3 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
6 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
5 Car Bombs
   Dismantled
4 Incidents
6 Dead
2 ISF
4 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Suicide Car
   Bomb
4 Car Bombs
   Destroyed


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Babil
1 Incident

1 Car Bomb
   Destroyed
4 Incidents
21 Dead
1 Hashd
20 Civilians
8 Wounded
3 Hashd
5 Civilians

1 IED
1 Mortar
-
7 Incidents
3 Dead
1 Civilian
2 Hashd
5 Wounded
2 Hashd
3 Civilians

2 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Motorcycle
   Bomber
   Killed
1 Suicide Car
   Bomb
   Destroyed
-


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Baghdad
21 Incidents
15 Dead
1 Hashed
3 ISF
11 Civilians
31 Wounded
1 Hashd
3 ISF
27 Civilians

7 Shootings
8 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
17 Incidents
12 Dead
2 ISF
10 Civilians
12 Wounded
3 ISF
9 Civilians

5 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
3 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
2 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
21 Incidents
20 Dead
1 ISF
1 Hashd
18 Civilians
25 Wounded
1 ISF
1 Hashed
23 Civilians

5 Shootings
6 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Car Bomb
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
1 Car Bomb
   Dismantled
29 Incidents
24 Dead
1 Hashd
5 ISF
18 Civilians
40 Wounded
3 Hashd
4 ISF
33 Civilians

7 Shootings
11 IEDs
1 Sound Bomb
1 Mortar
1 Car Bomb
   Dismantled
15 Incidents
7 Dead
2 Hashd
5 Civilians
3 Wounded
1 Hashd
2 Civilians

7 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Basra
2 Incidents
3 Dead
3 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 Incident
1 Dead
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
2 Incidents
1 Dead
1 Civilian

1 Shootings
-
-


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Diyala
5 Incidents
3 Dead
1 ISF
1 Hashd
1 Civilian
5 Wounded
5 ISF

4 Shootings
1 IED
9 Incidents
2 Dead
1 ISF
1 Civilian
13 Wounded
2 Hashd
5 ISF
6 Civilians

2 Shootings
9 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
   Dismantled
10 Incidents
2 Dead
2 Civilians
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

5 Shootings
4 IEDs
15 Incidents
11 Dead
2 ISF
9 Civilians
31 Wounded
4 Peshmerga
8 ISF
19 Civilians

2 Shootings
9 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
4 Suicide
   Bombers
1 Mortar
3 Incidents
2 Dead
1 ISF
1 Hashd
2 Wounded
2 ISF

2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Motorcycle
   Bomb


Jun 1-7
Jun 8-14
Jun 15-21
Jun 22-28
Jun 29-30
Karbala
-
1 Incident

1 Rockets
-
-
1 Incident

8 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Kirkuk
8 Incidents
68 Dead
68 Civilians
7 Wounded
3 Civilians
4 Peshmerga

4 Shootings
2 IEDs
6 Incidents
39 Dead
2 Hashd
37 Civilians
5 Wounded
2 Civilians
3 Peshmerga

1 Shooting
1 IED
3 Mortars
5 Incidents
8 Dead
1 ISF
7 Civilians
8 Wounded
2 Peshmerga
6 Civilians

3 Shootings
2 IEDs
6 Incidents
16 Dead
16 Civilians
7 Wounded
1 Civilian
6 Peshmerga

4 Shootings
1 IED
3 Incidents
10 Dead
10 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 Civilian

1 Shooting


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Kurdistan
2 Incidents
4 Dead
4 PKK
3 Wounded
1 Civilian
2 Peshmerga

1 Turkish Air
   Strike
1 Iranian
  Shelling
-
-
-
1 Incident
3 Dead
3 PKK

1 Turkish Air
   Strike


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Muthanna
-
-
1 Incident

1 Sticky Bomb
-
-


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Ninewa
87 Incidents
683 Dead
7 Hashd
101 ISF
575 Civilians
265 Wounded
4 Peshmerga
24 Hashd
34 ISF
203 Civilians

19 Shootings
3 IEDs
11 Suicide
   Bombers
2 Car Bombs
2 Mortars
76 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
56 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
55 Incidents
199 Dead
4 Hashd
28 ISF
167 Civilians
11 Wounded
5 Civilians
6 ISF

29 Shootings
1 IED
11 Suicide
   Bombers
2 Mortars
17 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
6 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
31 Incidents
58 Dead
6 Hashd
12 ISF
40 Civilians
25 Wounded
6 Hashd
9 Civilians
10 ISF

12 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Suicide
   Bomber
1 Suicide Car
   Bomb
2 Drone
   Strikes
15 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
23 Incidents
101 Dead
7 ISF
14 Hashd
80 Civilians
9 Wounded
3 ISF
6 Civilians

11 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
1 Grenade
4 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
2 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
6 Incidents
20 Dead
20 Civilians
14 Wounded
14 Civilians

2 Shootings
2 IEDs


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Salahaddin
12 Incidents
7 Dead
2 Peshmerga
2 Civilians
3 Hashd

8 Shootings
2 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
7 Incidents
10 Dead
1 Hashd
9 Civilians
17 Wounded
17 Civilians

2 Shootings
1 IED
2 Mortars
1 Car Bomb
   Destroyed
9 Incidents
18 Dead
1 ISF
1 Hashd
15 Civilians
7 Wounded
7 ISF

6 Shootings
1 IED
1 Mortar
12 Incidents
10 Dead
10 Hashd
9 Wounded
5 Hashd
4 Civilians

6 Shootings
1 IED
4 Suicide
   Bombers
2 Car Bombs
1 Mortar
10 Suicide
   Bombers
   Killed
6 Car Bombs
   Destroyed
3 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Peshmerga
2 Wounded
2 Peshmerga

2 Shootings


Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-30
Sulaymaniya
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
-
-
-
-

Violence By Province July 2017
Province
Violence
Anbar
33 Incidents
75 Killed: 9 Hashd, 13 ISF, 53 Civilians
63 Wounded: 16 Hashd, 20 ISF, 27 Civilians
10 Shootings
7 IEDs
9 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
22 Suicide Bombers Killed
10 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
12 Incidents
24 Killed: 3 Hashd, 21 Civilians
13 Wounded: 5 Hashd, 8 Civilians
2 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Mortar
1 Suicide Motorcycle Bomber Killed
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Baghdad
103 Incidents
78 Killed: 5 Hashd, 11 ISF, 62 Civilians
111 Wounded: 6 Hashd, 11 ISF, 94 Civilians
31 Shootings
32 IEDs
6 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Car Bomb
5 Suicide Bombers Killed
4 Car Bombs Destroyed
Basra
5 Incidents
5 Killed: 5 Civilians
4 Shootings
Diyala
42 Incidents
20 Killed: 2 Hashd, 5 ISF, 13 Civilians
53 Wounded: 2 Hashd, 4 Peshmerga, 20 ISF, 27 Civilians
15 Shootings
24 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Motorcycle Bomb
4 Suicide Bombers
1 Mortar
1 Sticky Bomb Dismantled
Dohuk
2 Incidents
6 Wounded: 6 Civilians
1 Turkish Air Strike
1 Turkish Shelling
Karbala
2 Incidents
1 Rockets
8 Suicide Bombers Killed
Kirkuk
28 Incidents
141 Killed: 1 ISF, 2 Hashd, 138 Civilians
28 Wounded: 13 Civilians, 15 Peshmerga
13 Shootings
6 IEDs
3 Mortars
KRG
3 Incidents
7 Killed: 7 PKK
3 Wounded: 3 Civilians
2 Turkish Air Strikes
1 Iranian Shelling
Muthanna
1 Incident
1 Sticky Bomb
Ninewa
202 Incidents
1,061 Killed: 31 Hashd, 148 ISF, 882 Civilians
324 Wounded: 4 Peshmerga, 30 Hashd, 53 ISF, 237 Civilians
73 Shootings
15 IEDs
23 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
3 Car Bombs
1 Grenade
2 Drone Strikes
4 Mortars
112 Suicide Bombers Killed
64 Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
43 Incidents
47 Killed: 1 ISF, 5 Peshmerga, 15 Hashd, 26 Civilians
35 Wounded: 2 Peshmerga, 5 Hashd, 7 ISF, 21 Civilians
24 Shootings
3 IEDs
4 Suicide Bombers
2 Car Bombs
4 Mortars
12 Suicide Bombers Killed/Arrested
7 Car Bombs Destroyed
Sulaymaniya
1 Incident
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
1 Shooting

SOURCES

eKurd, "Islamic KIG preacher shot dead north of Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan," 7/7/17

Al Forat, "Urgent picture .. Explosion of a sticky bomb and damage to two vehicles in Muthanna," 7/21/17

Al Ghad Press, "Karbala police arrest truck carrying weapons and kill 8 suicide bombers in cooperation with the crowd," 7/31/17

Al Masalah, "Four civilians, including two Iranians, were wounded by Turkish shelling on the border area north Dohuk," 7/28/17

NINA, "Four members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) killed by Turkish air strikes in northern Iraq," 7/6/17

Rudaw, "'Intense' Iranian shelling targets Kurdistan borders, wounds 3," 7/3/17

Shafaaq News, "Turkey army announced the killing of three members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party in bombardment targeting them in Kurdistan," 7/31/17

Al Sumaria, "A rocket hit northeast Karbala," 7/12/17
- "Two civilians were wounded and two vehicles destroyed by Turkish aircraft north Dohuk," 7/30/17

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