Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Security In Iraq Sep 15-21, 2017


There was a decided increase in violence in Iraq during the third week of September. There were 91 incidents reported in the media. That was the highest figure since the middle of July. That was caused by an uptick in attacks in Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk. The first and last were experiencing the latest military operations, which provoked Islamic State into action. Diyala on the other hand, is one of the main provinces in the country where the insurgents are rebuilding.

The 91 security incidents during the week broke down to 1 in Basra and Irbil each, 2 in Babil and Kurdistan respectively, 7 in Kirkuk, 9 in Salahaddin, 14 in Anbar, 17 in Diyala, 18 in Ninewa, and 20 in Baghdad. The last time there were that many incidents was July 22-28 when there were 107.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province Sep 15-21, 2017
Basra 1
Irbil 1
Babil 2
KRG 2
Kirkuk 7
Salahaddin 9
Anbar 14
Diyala 17
Ninewa 18
Baghdad 20

The increased number of attacks led to 145 killed and 180 wounded. 1 Peshmerga, 4 fighters from the Kurdistan’ Workers’ Party (PKK), 9 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 18 Hashd al-Shaabi, and 113 civilians lost their lives. Another 4 ISF, 7 Peshmerga, 10 Hashd, and 159 civilians were injured. Ninewa had the most casualties with 101, with another 56 in Baghdad, 49 in Salahaddin, 45 in Anbar, 38 in Diyala, 20 in Kirkuk, 11 in Kurdistan, 2 in Babil, 2 in Irbil, and 1 in Basra. The real figures are always higher especially in weeks like this when there is combat going on and the Iraqi forces do not report their losses.

Casualties In Iraq By Province Sep 15-21, 2017
Basra 1 (1 Killed)
Irbil 2 (2 Wounded)
Babil 2 (2 Killed)
KRG 11 (11 Killed)
Kirkuk 20 (6 Killed, 14 Wounded)
Diyala 38 (24 Killed, 14 Wounded)
Anbar 45 (16 Killed, 29 Wounded)
Salahaddin 49 (3 Killed, 46 Wounded)
Baghdad 56 (12 Killed, 44 Wounded)
Ninewa 101 (70 Killed, 31 Wounded)

The joint forces launched a new campaign to free northwest Anbar and the Iraq-Syrian border. That led to the Islamic State to react with 14 incidents mostly in that western region, but also attacks in Ramadi, Hit and Garma. A Coalition air strike was blamed for 6 civilian dead and 24 wounded in Qaim. 

The Iraqi capital witnessed around its average number of incidents with 20. 9 occurred in the north, 7 in the south, 2 in the west, and 1 each in the center and east. One suicide bomber was arrested, otherwise all the attacks were small such as shootings and IEDs. The hugely improved security situation in Baghdad has been maintained for several weeks now. It used to regularly witness 8-10 attacks per day. Since Mosul however, IS has apparently pulled out many of its units, and the new Baghdad Operations Command has worked to deny the insurgents the Baghdad belts. Together this has contributed to the historic lows in attacks and casualties.

Diyala is one of two governorates where IS is making a return as an insurgent force. There were 17 incidents there, the most since 19 the second week of June. It’s not just the number that has changed, but the type of attacks as well. There are still IEDs and small shootings, but there was also a suicide bomber, and one successful and failed car bomb. There were also several largely gun battles and mortar attacks upon the Iraqi forces.

The Iraqi forces also set off to liberate the Hawija district in southern Kirkuk. That prompted several terrorist attacks by IS including a suicide car bomb in Kirkuk, a car bomb in the Musalla district, and another car bomber arrested. Before, most of the incidents were displaced being killed trying to escape or people under IS control being executed. That meant these incidents were a decided escalation.

The insurgents are still trying to prove their presence in Ninewa. There were attacks in Mosul, Baaj, Hatra, Makhmour, and Sinjar districts. This included some large operations involving multiple suicide bombers, including an attack upon a school used by the Hashd that left 24 dead and 23 wounded. These were more harassing attacks, but they showed that IS still has reach across large parts of the governorate.

The Iraqi operations were focused upon northern Salahaddin as well attempting to free the left coast of the Shirqat district. That did not lead to a decided increase in militant activity however. There were just 9 incidents. The governorate is the other area where IS is rebuilding however so there were a few large-scale operations as well such as a multiple suicide bombing of a restaurant in the Baiji district, and a suicide bombing of a school in Tikrit.

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
Aug 1-7
80
143
188
Aug 8-14
88
955
124
Aug 15-21
73
97
100
Aug 22-28
85
674
132
Aug 29-31
31
30
40
AUG
357
1,958
1,261
Sep 1-7
62
68
73
Sep 8-14
79
412
176
Sep 15-21
91
145
180

Violence By Province Sep 15-21, 2017
Province
Violence
Anbar
14 Incidents
16 Killed
1 ISF
3 Hashd
12 Civilians
29 Wounded
29 Civilians

1 Shooting
2 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
8 Suicide Bombers Killed
3 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
2 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Civilians
Baghdad
20 Incidents
12 Killed
1 ISF
11 Civilians
44 Wounded
2 ISF
3 Hashd
39 Civilians

4 Shootings
12 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
1 Suicide Bomber Arrested
Basra
1 Incident
1 Killed
1 Civilian

1 Shooting
Diyala
17 Incidents
24 Killed
3 Hashd
7 ISF
14 Civilians
14 Wounded
7 Civilians
7 Hashd

7 Shootings
8 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
1 Car Bomb
2 Mortars
1 Grenades
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Irbil
1 Incident
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

1 Turkish Shelling
Kirkuk
7 Incidents
6 Killed
1 Peshmerga
5 Civilians
14 Wounded
14 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Car Bomb
1 Car Bomber Arrested
KRG
2 Incidents
11 Killed
4 PKK
7 Civilians

2 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
18 Incidents
70 Killed
12 Hashd
58 Civilians
31 Wounded
7 Peshmerga
24 Civilians

8 Shootings
4 IEDs
2 Suicide Bombers
8 Suicide Bombers Killed
Salahaddin
9 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians
46 Wounded
2 ISF
44 Civilians

3 Shootings
4 IEDs
3 Suicide Bombers
1 Mortar
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed

SOURCES

Airwars, "September 17th 2017: (I652) . Husaybah, Qa'im, west of Anbar, Syrian-Iraqi borders"

Baghdad Post, "2 civilians killed, injured in blast in Ramadi," 9/16/17
- "47 killed, injured in school bombing in Mosul," 9/17/17
- "Booby-trapped car explodes in Musalla district in Kirkuk," 9/19/17

Bas News, "Blast Hits Kirkuk," 9/16/17

Al Ghad Press, "Dismantling a sticky bomb under a car in Hit district west Anbar," 9/15/17
- "Two people killed by a car bomb in Jamila neighborhood," 9/20/17

Iraq Broadcasting Networks, "A US Military Camp IN Makhmour Was Attacked By A Suicide Bomber," 9/17/17

Iraq News Center, "Urgent Ministry of the Interior: Three people were killed and 34 others injured in the initial toll of the attack carried out by two suicide bombers at the castle tourist restaurant in the Baiji district," 9/19/17

Iraq Newspaper, "Iraqi Newspaper Reporter 15 Dead And Wounded In Bombing Of A Liquor Store In Kirkuk," 9/16/17

Kuwait News Agency, "Suicide bombing kills 9 Iraqis in Miqdadiyah," 9/17/17

Al Maalomah, "A suicide bomber was arrested north Baghdad," 9/19/17

Mostafa, Nehal, "Two, including officer, killed, seven wounded in suicide attack in Diyala," Iraqi News, 9/16/17

NINA, "A Car Bomb Dismantled In Centre Of Baquba, Diyala Province," 9/18/17
- "Tribal Forces Repel An Attack To Daesh Southwest Of Mosul, Kill 4 Suicide Bombers," 9/16/17

Rudaw, “Military commander: Chemical and radioactive materials hamper the return of population to Mosul,” 9/17/17

Shafaaq News, "URGENT: 24 dead, wounded in Mosul school explosion," 9/17/17

Sotaliraq, "Baiji blast kills 42 civilians," 9/19/17

Al Sumaria, "The arrest of a car bomber in the Aden district in central Kirkuk," 9/19/17
- "BAGHDAD - Three suicide bombers were killed in a lightning raid north of Baghdad," 9/21/17
- "Several members of the Peshmerga were injured in an explosion in the Sinjar district," 9/17/17
- "A suicide bombing inside a school in southeastern Tikrit and security forces impose a curfew," 9/16/17
- "Three killed, eight wounded in central Kirkuk blast," 9/15/17

Xinhua, "3 killed in suicide bomb attacks in northern Iraq," 9/19/17

2 comments:

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Joel Wing said...

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