Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Security In Iraq, Nov 15-21, 2015


Major fighting continued in Anbar and Salahaddin during the third week of November 2015 where government forces were attempting to clear areas. The Islamic State’s car bomb campaign and terrorist attacks in Baghdad continued as well. Several mass graves discovered in Sinjar after its liberation earlier in the month led to a rise in casualties as well.

From November 15-21 there were 140 security incidents reported in the press. That broke down to 58 in Baghdad, 27 in Anbar, 23 in Ninewa, 20 in Salhaddin, 7 in Babil, 3 in Diyala, and one each in Kirkuk and Irbil. That was the most attacks for November, but was not much different from previous weeks.

There were 358 deaths and 420 wounded for the week. 240 people were killed in Ninewa, 62 in Baghdad, 18 in Babil, 17 in Anbar, 16 in Salahaddin, and 5 in Diyala. 1 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighter died, along with 12 Hashd al-Shaabi, 27 Peshmerga, 32 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 286 civilians, while 1 Asayesh, 23 Peshmerga, 39 Hashd, 40 ISF, and 317 civilians were injured. The number of casualties was up from the 265 dead and 354 injured from the week before because of the discovery of several mass graves in Sinjar.

Violence In Iraq By Week 2015
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
205
466
464
Jan 8-14
176
733
518
Jan 15-21
193
403
528
Jan 22-28
197
492
899
Jan 29-31
91
306
568
JAN
862
2,400
2,977
Feb 1-7
159
408
688
Feb 8-14
178
443
566
Feb 15-21
175
592
383
Feb 22-28
178
391
730
FEB
690
1,834
2,367
Mar 1-7
186
373
595
Mar 8-14
156
398
656
Mar 15-21
170
1,304
505
Mar 22-28
186
273
406
Mar 29-31
76
205
219
MAR
774
2,553 + 4
2,381 + 150
Apr 1-7
130
218
422
Apr 8-14
140
674
531
Apr 15-21
175
729
717
Apr 22-28
167
497
483
Apr 29-30
51
162 + 7
182 + 299
APR
663
2,280
2,335
May 1-7
159
627
450
May 8-14
161
420
549
May 15-21
128
963
387
May 22-28
115
341 + 1,499
348
May 29-31
38
66
164 + 646
MAY
601
2,417 + 1,499
1,898 + 646
Jun 1-7
133
431
476
Jun 8-14
126
522 + 405
394
Jun 15-21
141
365
373
Jun 22-28
162
306
474
Jun 29-30
61
122 + 58
189 + 106
JUN
623
1,804
2,012
Jul 1-7
161
435
719
Jul 8-14
140
384
570
Jul 15-21
109
359
597 + 4,024
Jul 22-28
145
527
590
Jul 29-31
53
193 + 260
203 + 400
JUL
608
2,158
3,079 + 4,024
Aug 1-7
154
650 + 760
298
Aug 8-14
133
756
640
Aug 15-21
135
345
354
Aug 22-28
136
342
296
Aug 29-31
59
112
169
AUG
617
2,205 + 760
1,757
Sep 1-7
139
285
352
Sep 8-14
144
368
394
Sep 15-21
123
323
488
Sep 22-28
128
190
258
Sep 29-30
39
106 + 19
147 + 8
SEP
573
1,291 + 314
1,647 + 3,003
Oct 1-7
105
291
398
Oct 8-14
144
254
389
Oct 15-21
142
208
279
Oct 22-28
129
216
366
Oct 29-31
49
110
116 + 1
OCT
569
1,079
1,549
Nov 1-7
125
186
316
Nov 8-14
120
265
354
Nov 15-21
140
358
420

Security by Province Nov 2015
Provinces
Nov 1-7
Nov 8-14
Anbar
26 Incidents
9 Killed: 2 Civilians, 7 ISF
45 Wounded: 1 Hashd, 10 Civilians, 34 ISF
11 Shootings
3 IEDs
2 Mortars
19 Suicide Bombers Killed
24 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
11 Incidents
1 Killed: 1 Sahwa
3 Shootings
12 Suicide Bombers Killed
17 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
4 Incidents
3 Killed: 3 Civilians
12 Wounded: 12 Civilians
4 IEDs
3 Incidents
2 Killed: 2 Civilians
2 Wounded: 2 Civilians
2 Shootings
1 IED
Baghdad
47 Incidents
58 Killed: 1 Sahwa, 3 ISF, 54 Civilians
156 Wounded: 1 ISF, 155 Civilians
14 Shootings
22 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
54 Incidents
94 Killed: 2 Hashd, 5 ISF, 87 Civilians
263 Wounded: 3 Hashd, 19 ISF, 241 Civilians
12 Shootings
28 IEDs
7 Sticky Bombs
4 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
Basra
-
3 Incidents
2 Killed: 2 Civilians
2 Shootings
1 Sound Bomb
Diyala
7 Incidents
8 Killed: 2 Hashd, 2 Civilians, 4 ISF
4 Wounded: 4 Civilians
3 Shootings
1 IED
6 Incidents
4 Killed: 1 ISF, 1 Hashd, 2 Civilians
3 Wounded: 3 ISF
2 Shootings
1 IED
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
Kirkuk
6 Incidents
9 Killed: 1 ISF, 3 Civilians, 5 Peshmerga
16 Wounded: 4 ISF, 12 Peshmerga
3 Shootings
4 Suicide Bombers
1 Car Bomb
3 Incidents
1 Killed: 1 Peshmerga
2 Wounded: 2 Civilians
1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Sticky Bomb
Ninewa
14 Incidents
70 Killed: 7 Peshmerga, 63 Civilians
30 Wounded: 4 Civilians, 26 Peshmerga
5 Shootings
1 IED
1 Car Bomb
2 Mortars
4 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Suicide Car Bomb Destroyed
21 Incidents
120 Killed: 23 Civilians, 45 Peshmerga, 52 ISF
53 Wounded: 53 Peshmerga
7 Shootings
2 IEDs
8 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Mortar
1 Rockets
22 Suicide Bombers Killed
9 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
21 Incidents
29 Killed: 3 Civilians, 12 ISF, 14 Hashd
53 Wounded: 24 ISF, 29 Hashd
7 Shootings
53 IEDs
3 Suicide Bombers
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Mortar
14 Suicide Bombers Killed
22 Car Bombs Destroyed
19 Incidents
40 Killed: 6 ISF, 9 Hashd, 24 Civilians
31 Wounded: 2 Hashd, 10 ISF, 19 Civilians
11 Shootings
3 IEDs
10 Suicide Bombers Killed
2 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
1 Car Bomb Destroyed

Provinces
Nov 15-21
Anbar
27 Incidents
17 Killed: 2 Hashd, 4 Civilians, 11 ISF
45 Wounded: 1 Hashd, 2 ISF, 42 Civilians
8 Shootings
1 IED
5 Mortars
3 Suicide Bombers Killed
2 Suicide Motorcycle Bombs Destroyed
20 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
14 Car Bombs Destroyed
Babil
7 Incidents
18 Killed: 4 ISF, 14 Civilians
35 Wounded: 1 Hashd, 4 ISF, 30 Civilians
2 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber
Baghdad
58 Incidents
62 Killed: 2 Hashd, 6 ISF, 54 Civilians
204 Wounded: 6 Hashd, 14 ISF, 184 Civilians
14 Shootings
37 IEDs
4 Sticky Bombs
1 Car Bomb Destroyed
Diyala
3 Incidents
5 Killed: 5 Civilians
11 Wounded: 1 ISF, 10 Civilians
1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Motorcycle Bomb
Irbil
1 Incident
1 Shooting
Kirkuk
1 Incident
1 Shooting
Ninewa
23 Incidents
240 Killed: 1 PKK, 10 ISF, 27 Peshmerga, 202 Civilians
65 Wounded: 23 Peshmerga, 42 Civilians
20 Shootings
1 Car Bomb
1 Mortar
1 Rocket
1 Suicide Bomber Killed
8 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
Salahaddin
20 Incidents
16 Killed: 1 ISF, 8 Hashd, 7 Civilians
60 Wounded: 1 Asayesh, 9 Civilians, 19 ISF, 31 Hashd
18 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Suicide Bombers Killed
3 Suicide Car Bombs Destroyed
4 Car Bombs Destroyed
 

Anbar is where the heaviest fighting is taking place in Iraq. The joint forces were making more headway towards the center of Ramadi. On November 15 the Euphrates River was crossed into downtown. Several important government facilities were cleared including the Anbar court complex, the Anbar Operations Command, and the Presidential palaces. On October 21 it was announced that the ISF and Hashd were just 500 meters from the Anbar Operations command. It took three weeks to cover that distance showing the difficulty of the campaign.

At the same time the government’s forces were struggling in other areas. Albu Faraj to the north of Ramadi was declared cleared on October 14, but there were 11 car bombs there during the third week of November. Likewise, Albu Hayat in the Haditha district in western Anbar was said to be freed on November 11, but fighting never stopped there. This points to a bad habit of officials to call areas secured before they actually are to promote an image of constant progress. It’s also true that IS is attempting to re-infiltrate areas causing repeated operations in the same areas again and again.

Southern Baghdad received the most attacks for the second week in a row. There were 25 incidents there with 21 from November 8-14. The violence in the south had the trademark of IS with 20 IEDs and two sticky bombs. After that there were 14 incidents in the east, 8 in the west, 5 in the north, three in unknown locations, and one in the center. As IS has stepped back from major offensives it has come to focus upon terrorist attacks in the capital to keep pressure on the government. That province is the only one in the country where incidents have gone up during the year.

Violence in Baghdad, Nov 15-21, 2015
Center: 3 – 1 Shooting, 2 IEDs
East: 13 – 1 Robbery, 5 IEDs, 7 Shootings
Outer East :1 – 1 IED
North: 1 – 1 IED
Outer North: 4 – 2 Shootings, 2 IEDs
South: 15 – 2 Shootings, 2 Sticky Bombs, 11 IEDs
Outer South: 10 – 1 Shooting, 9 IEDs
West: 5 – 1 Shooting, 1 Sticky Bomb, 3 IEDs
Outer West: 3 – 1 Sticky Bomb, 2 IEDs
Unknown: 3 – 1 Car Bomb Dismantled, 1 IED, 1 Kidnapping

In comparison, there is hardly any insurgent activity in Diyala and Kirkuk recently. There was only one incident in the latter, which has been quiet for weeks now. In Diyala there was a surge of attacks in October, but in November that has died down with only 3 reported attacks from November 15-21.

Irbil had a rare case of violence when a man shot at the Peshmerga Ministry building in in Irbil on November 20.

In Ninewa the Peshmerga continued to mop up the Sinjar area. Six more villages were cleared in the area. Three mass graves were also discovered with 148 Yazidis executed by IS. The group also killed 53 people including two Peshmerga and 10 police in the Mosul area.

Mopping up operations continued in Salahaddin’s Baiji. The thermal power plant for example was cleared for the second time. There was also heavy fighting in the Makhoul Mountains to the north even though it was supposedly freed at the end of October. Intense clashes have been occurring outside of Samarra for several weeks as well in the center of the province.

IS’s car bomb campaign is still going on. From November 15-21 there were 51 vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) with only one hitting its target in Ninewa against the Peshmerga. There were 34 in Anbar, 8 in Ninewa, 7 in Salahaddin and one in Baghdad.

Car Bombs In Iraq, November 2015
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Nov 1
Subhait, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Obied, Baghdad – 1 destroyed
Rabia, Ninewa – 1 destroyed


Nov 2
Balad, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed


Nov 3
Dibis, Kirkuk
West of Ramadi, Anbar – 5 destroyed
Leine, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed

3
Nov 4
Hardan, Ninewa
Adil & Rashad, Anbar – 9 destroyed
1
15
Nov 5
Zankura, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Siniya, Salahaddin – 7 destroyed


Nov 6
Baiji, Salahddin
Albu Faraj & Jeraishi, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Sukker, Salahaddin – 13 destroyed
7
20
Nov 7
Albu Hayat – 9 destroyed


Totals
3 – 53 Destroyed
8
38
Nov 8
Sadr City, Baghdad
Albu Hayat, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Mkeshivh, Salahaddin – 1 destroyed
6
21
Nov 9
Albu Faraj, Anbar – 1 destroyed
Samarra, Salahaddin – 2 destroyed


Nov 10



Nov 11



Nov 12
Fallujah, Anbar – 6 destroyed
Sinjar, Ninewa – 6 destroyed


Nov 13
Niamiya & Subhait, Anbar – 7 destroyed


Nov 14
Sinjar, Ninewa
Albu Faraj, Anbar – 2 destroyed
Mandali, Diyala – 1 destroyed
Harden, Ninewa – 3 destroyed
2
23
Totals
2 - 30 Destroyed
8
44
Nov 15
Albu Faraj & Jeraishi, Anbar – 4 destroyed


Nov 16
Haraym, Ninewa
5 Kilo, Albu Faraj, Zaytoun, ? – 10 destroyed
Haraym, Ninewa – 1 destroyed
12
20
Nov 17
5 Kilo & Jeraishi, Anbar – 9 destroyed
Raood Bridge, Bahgdad – 1 destroyed
Makhoul Mts, Salahaddin – 3 destroyed


Nov 18
Albu Faraj, Anbar – 4 destroyed
Bashiqa, Ninewa – 1 destroyed
Massoud & Mkeshivh, Salahaddin – 4 destroyed

12
Nov 19
Albu Faraj, Anbar – 2 destroyed


Nov 20
Albu Faraj, Anbar – 4 destroyed


Nov 21
Mosul Dam, Ninewa – 7 destroyed


Totals
1 – 50 Destroyed
12
32

SOURCES

Abdulrazaq, Hawar, "KRSC: Peshmerga Kills 28 IS Militants Near Mosul Dam," Bas News, 11/21/15

AIN, "20 Daash killed and destroyed 3 car bombs in Salahuddin," 11/18/15

Alsumaria, "Counter terrorism deals with five car bombs west of Ramadi," 11/17/15
- "Counter-terrorism destroys five car bombs west of Ramadi," 11/16/15

BBC, "Iraqi forces preparing for assault on IS-held Ramadi," 10/14/15

eKurd, "Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief - November 16, 2015," 11/16/15
- “Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief - November 18, 2015," 11/18/15

Al Forat, "Control the thermal power plant in Baiji area," 11/21/15
- "Killing of three terrorists and the destruction of three car bombs in Anbar," 11/19/15

Al Mada, "Anbar officia: cleared two areas and killed dozens of Daash in west Ramadi," 11/18/15
- "The joint forces approaching the Anbar Operations headquarters from north Ramadi," 10/21/15
- "Peshmerga forces repel Daash attack on the center of Bashiqa," 11/18/15
- "Security forces stuck the "Hole" area and the freeing of the thermal power station," 11/14/15

Mamoun, Abdelhak, "3 mass graves containing remains of 148 Yazidis found in Sinjar District," Iraqi News, 11/15/15
- "Security forces liberate Anbar Traffic Directorate, reach the center of Ramadi," Iraqi News, 8/18/15

Al Masalah, "Entire area of Albu Hayat freed in Anbar," 11/11/15
- "War media declares victories of the joint forces," 11/18/15
- "War media declares victories for the joint forces," 11/20/15

New Sabah, "Anti-Terrorism Unit crosses the Euphrates River and will remain in the center of Ramadi," 11/15/15

NINA, "/21/ elements of Daash killed in operations of clearing the province," 11/16/15
- "Anbar Operations Command, The Presidential Palaces And The High Criminal Court in downtown Ramadi Liberated," 11/17/15
- "Dozens Of Peshmerga Killed And Wounded In Daash Attack West Of Mosul," 11/16/15
- "Federal Police Chief: Makhoul Mountains in Baiji Fully Cleansed," 10/27/15
- "Federal Police Repel An Attack To Daash, Kill More Than 60 In Makhoul Mountains," 11/17/15
- "Two Areas Liberated In Anbar Province," 7/22/15

Shafaq News, "12 policemen injured while liberating a village north of Beiji," 11/18/15
- "Car bomb intended to target Argeniya visitors dismantled northwest of Baghdad," 11/17/15

Sotaliraq, "Four vehicle bombs destroyed targeting security forces north of Ramadi," 11/15/15
- "Security forces destroyed four Daash car bombs north of Ramadi," 11/17/15

Xinhua, "Security forces retake areas in IS-held Ramadi, 54 killed in battles with IS in Iraq," 11/16/15

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