Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Car Bombs In Iraq Increase Casualties In 2nd Week of October 2014


Violence has been going down in Iraq since August as the insurgent summer offensive has tapered off a bit. The Islamic State is still carrying out a major campaign to take Anbar in the west, and there is heavy fighting going on in Salahaddin. In other areas like Ninewa, Kirkuk, Diyala and Babil however, militants are mostly trying to hold their ground against operations by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and peshmerga. That doesn’t mean there aren’t sporadic jumps in violence as happened in the second week of October 2014. The main cause of the increase was a series of deadly car bombings across the central section of the country. The result was just over 1,400 dead and wounded from October 8-14.

There was a slight rise in the number of security incidents reported in the press in the second week of October. There were 185 attacks up from 169 the previous week. That averaged out to 26.4 incidents per day compared to 22.9 seen in September, and roughly the same as August’s 26.8. That’s still down from the height of the summer offensive in June and July when there were just over 29 attacks per day.

Car bombs like this one in Kadhimiya, Baghdad on Oct 14 were the main reason why casualties increased in the second week of the month (Reuters)

From October 8-14 the media had 532 deaths and 875 wounded in Iraq. That was an increase from the 451 killed and 687 injured from October 1-7. There was a similar number of casualties in the first three weeks of September. The largest jump in fatalities occurred in Baghdad, which went from 77 dead in the 1st week of October to 171 the next. That governorate also accounted for just over half of the wounded with 453. That was to be expected as the beginning of the month saw the fewest attacks in the capital of 2014, while the second week saw some very costly car bombings. Salahaddin was the second deadliest province with 140 killed, followed by 93 in Diyala more than doubling the first week’s 41, 44 in Anbar, 39 in Babil, 37 in Ninewa, 7 in Kirkuk, and one in Basra.


Violence In Iraq By Week 2014
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
244
363
733
Jan 8-14
272
364
676
Jan 15-21
205
358
616
Jan 22-28
236
305
618
Jan 29-31
57
93
237
JAN
1,014
1,483
2,880
Feb 1-7
204
296
700
Feb 8-14
226
258
505
Feb 15-21
264
346
703
Feb 22-28
251
374
618
FEB
945
1,274
2,526
Mar 1-7
253
412
702
Mar 8-14
206
324
612
Mar 15-21
216
423
736
Mar 22-27
211
279
580
Mar 28-31
110
168
271
MAR
996
1,606
2,901
Apr 1-7
238
259
550
Apr 8-14
223
362
646
Apr 15-21
251
406
786
Apr 22-28
226
347
744
Apr 29-30
61
82
179
APR
999
1,456
2,905
May 1-7
198
246
483
May 8-14
257
469
752
May 15-21
183
256
426
May 22-28
204
407
817
May 29-31
63
90
132
MAY
905
1,468
2,610
Jun 1-7
224
588
1,021
Jun 8-14
227
1,238
891
Jun 15-21
171
758
754
Jun 22-28
200
720
775
Jun 29-30
56
127
236
JUN
878
3,431
3,677
Jul 1-7
200
511
622
Jul 8-14
211
577
625
Jul 15-21
225
398
1,000
Jul 22-28
222
549
801
Jul 29-31
65
162
230
JUL
923
2,197
3,278
Aug 1-8
268
1,121
885
Aug 9-14
178
709
1,152
Aug 15-21
150
354
499
Aug 22-28
178
523
798
Aug 29-31
58
118
289
AUG
832
2,825
3,623
Sep 1-7
168
616
751
Sep 8-14
156
932
722
Sep 15-21
166
620
749
Sep 22-28
153
395
573
Sep 29-30
44
110
241
SEP
687
2,673
3,036
Oct 1-7
169
451
687
Oct 8-14
185
532
875

Violence In Iraq By Province Oct 1-14, 2014
Province
Oct 1-7
Oct 8-14
Anbar
39 Incidents
145 Killed: 78 ISF, 13 Sahwa, 54 Civilians
136 Wounded: 43 ISF, 7 Sahwa, 86 Civilians
27 Shootings
5 IEDs
3 Car Bombs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
2 Suicide Bombers
37 Incidents
44 Killed: 9 ISF, 4 Sahwa, 31 Civilians
56 Wounded: 3 Sahwa, 53 Civilians
28 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Suicide Car Bombs
Babil
10 Incidents
17 Killed: 3 ISF, 14 Civilians
64 Wounded: 4 ISF, 60 Civilians
1 Shooting
7 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
10 Incidents
39 Killed: 2 ISF, 37 Civilians
26 Wounded: 4 ISF, 22 Civilians
8 Shootings
2 IEDs
Baghdad
27 Incidents
77 Killed: 3 ISF, 2 Sahwa, 72 Civilians
212 Wounded: 3 ISF, 2 Sahwa, 207 Civilians
4 Shootings
11 IEDs
4 Sticky Bombs
2 Car Bombs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
36 Incidents
171 Killed: 5 ISF, 166 Civilians
453 Wounded: 1 ISF, 452 Civilians
5 Shootings
20 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
2 Car Bombs
5 Suicide Car Bombs
2 Suicide Bombers
Basra
2 Incidents
1 IED
2 Incidents
1 Killed: 1 Civilian
1 Shooting
Diyala
17 Incidents
41 Killed: 30 ISF, 8 Peshmerga, 3 Civilians
34 Wounded: 20 ISF, 8 Peshmerga, 2 Sahwa, 4 Civilians
12 Shootings
5 IEDs
2 Suicide Bombers
24 Incidents
93 Killed: 8 ISF, 31 Peshmerga, 54 Civilians
152 Wounded: 6 ISF, 4 Peshmerga, 142 Civilians
9 Shootings
16 IEDs
4 Suicide Car Bombs
Kirkuk
11 Incidents
2 Killed: 2 Civilians
24 Wounded: 4 Peshmerga, 20 Civilians
3 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Motorcycle Bomb
1 Suicide Car Bomb
8 Incidents
7 Killed: 1 ISF, 2 Peshmerga, 4 Civilians
30 Wounded: 5 ISF, 4 Peshmerga, 21 Civilians
7 Shootings
1 Motorcycle Bomb
Ninewa
11 Incidents
53 Killed: 53 Civilians
5 Shootings
1 IED
10 Incidents
37 Killed: 37 Civilians
8 Shootings
2 IEDs
Salahaddin
52 Incidents
116 Killed: 44 ISF, 6 Sahwa, 66 Civilians
217 Wounded: 49 ISF, 15 Sahwa, 153 Civilians
25 Shootings
33 IEDs
2 Car Bombs
5 Suicide Car Bombs
2 Suicide Bombers
58 Incidents
140 Killed: 59 ISF, 3 Sahwa, 78 Civilians
158 Wounded: 48 ISF, 3 Sahwa, 107 Civilians
25 Shootings
53 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
7 Car Bombs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
1 Suicide Bomb


In the first two weeks of October, the number of vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) launched by the Islamic State (IS) went from 15 to 22. That was the main driver of the increase in casualties in the country. 221 people were killed and 461 wounded by car bombs the second week. October 11 saw twelve detonated in Amiriya Fallujah in Anbar, Kadhimiya and two in Shula in Baghdad, and one in the west of Tikrit, one in Shajarat al-Dor, two in Tikrit and four on Camp Speicher in Salahaddin. Those killed 86 people and injured 164. That day showed how IS is using these devices to both stoke sectarian tension by hitting Shiite neighborhoods of the capital as well as using them as part of attacks on hard targets like Camp Speicher.

Car Bomb Attacks In Iraq Oct 2014
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Oct. 1
New Baghdad, Baghdad
17
59
Oct. 2
Hit x3, Anbar
Great Dam, Diyala
Balad, Salahaddin
46
35
Oct. 3
Outside Samarrra & Tuz Kharmato, Salahaddin
3
8
Oct. 4
Baiji & Tikrit, Salahaddin
12
24
Oct. 5



Oct. 6



Oct. 7
Hit, Anbar
Mashtal & Arboretum, Baghdad
Abassid & Amerli, Salahaddin
40
78
1st Wk Oct Totals
15
118
204
Oct. 8
Garma, Anbar
Sadr City, Baghdad
12
33
Oct. 9
Baquba, Diyala
9
11
Oct. 10



Oct. 11
Amiriya Fallujah, Anbar
Kadhimiya & Shula x2, Baghdad
West of Tikrit, Shajarat al-Dor, Tikrit x2, Camp Speicher x4, Salahaddin
86
164
Oct. 12
Qara Tapa, Diyala x3
Samarra, Salahaddin
58
111
Oct. 13
Sadr City & Kadhimiya, Baghdad
31
86
Oct. 14
Kadhimiya, Baghdad
25
56
2nd Wk Oct Totals
22
221
461

Casualties From Government Shelling & Air Strikes In Iraq Oct. 2014
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Oct. 1
Fallujah, Anbar

6
Oct. 3
Fallujah, Anbar
4
11
Oct. 4
Rabad, Salahaddin
3
5
Oct. 6
Hit, Anbar
15


Fallujah, Anbar
1
8

Rabia, Ninewa
12

Oct. 7
Fallujah, Anbar
3
5

Khalidiya, Anbar
5
7
1st Wk Oct Totals
-
43
42
Oct. 8
Fallujah, Anbar
7
16

Tikrit, Salahaddin
14

Oct 9
Dour, Salahaddin
7
3
Oct. 10
Fallujah, Anbar
4
13
Oct. 11
Fallujah, Anbar
2
6
Oct. 14
Fallujah, Anbar
3
3

Baiji, Salahaddin
4

2nd Wk Oct Totals
-
41
41


Anbar is the major focus of the Islamic State currently. Since August it has been attempting to seize the province, and in early October it had a major breakthrough when it took Hit and the surrounding towns. In the second week of October IS was carrying out attacks upon towns and cities across the governorate, while the ISF and tribes were trying to counter attack on the perimeter of the urban areas and within Ramadi. For the week there was fighting in Hit, Baghdadi, Saqlawiya, Siger, Ramadi, Albu Jassim, Garma, Haditha, Zekhaikha, Shaiya, Abu Risha, Amiriya Fallujah, and Furat. Some towns like Baghdadi are completely surrounded by the militants and making urgent calls for relief. The insurgency also scored a tactical victory when it was able to assassinate the provincial police chief in Aub Risha on October 12 with an IED on his motorcade. Despite all the violence the governorate actually saw a decrease in casualties with 44 killed and 56 wounded compared to 145 deaths and 136 injured the first week of October. Overall, Anbar remains in a precarious situation as IS is threatening to take more sections of the province.

The Iraqi Security Forces and militias are still trying to secure sections of northern Babil. The thirteenth clearing operation was coming to a close from October 8 to 14 focusing upon Jurf al-Sakhr, Latifiya, and Iskandiriya. On October 12 for example, Sadr’s Peace Brigades claimed it had freed two villages in the lakes region of Iskandiriya. The ISF and militias might have also been responsible for 36 bodies that were found in an irrigation ditch near an army base in Mahaweel on October 14. Despite all the effort expended in the province by government forces and its allies very little has changed. IS is still entrenched in sections of northern Babil.

Baghdad saw the largest increase in violence due to seven car bombs. These struck Shula, Sadr City twice and Kadhimiya three times. In total, 122 people lost their lives and another 300 were injured. These were all in Shiite neighborhoods, and were meant to create more divisions and push the country towards civil war. There was also a rise in IEDs going from 11 to 20 from the first to second week of the month adding to the casualty count.

There was an uptick in casualties in Diyala as well. The number of dead and wounded rose from 41 and 34 respectively from October 1-7 to 93 and 152 from October 8-14. The main reason was three suicide car bombs on the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Qara Tapa on October 12. 58 were killed and 107 wounded as a result. This was a build up to an assault upon the town in the third week of October. There were also several clashes between IS and the peshmerga in Jalawla, which was taken during the summer. Finally, there was continued clashes in the Hamrin Mountains, which both the ISF and peshmerga claimed to have cleared last month.

In Kirkuk there was a return to terrorist attacks in the city, with more fighting in the east. On October 10 there was a drive by on a police patrol, and a motorcycle bomb on a restaurant on October 13 in Kirkuk City. Provincial officials have warned of an impending offensive against the city, but that has not materialized yet. Fighting also continued in the eastern section of the province in Daquq district with the peshmerga.

Fighting in Kirkuk has concentrated in eastern Daquq with terrorist attacks upon Kirkuk City (Wikipedia)

Central Ninewa remains under insurgent control. In Mosul and Baaj, IS has been at work executing people. In total, the group killed 33 during the week that included a former parliamentarian, a lawyer, a reporter, and two ex-soldiers. The organization also issued a notice that students in Mosul could not take their exams in Kirkuk fearing that they would not come back. According to Radio Free Iraq, it has also failed to get most city employees back at work as the city is strewn with garbage. In the north, the peshmerga claimed they were starting a push to free Sinjar on October 11. That might have been in response to IS gaining control of all of the roads leading to Mount Sinjar trapping around 10,000 people there. Sinjar is one of the historic homelands of the Yazidis who faced a genocidal campaign by the Islamic State when it took the area in August. Those that remained in the region are now under threat again.

Besides Anbar, Salahaddin has remained the other major battlefront since the summer offensive started. On October 11, IS carried out seven car bombs hitting Tikrit, Camp Speicher, Shajarat al-Dor, and an area west of Tikrit killing 32 and wounding 39. The bombing of Camp Speicher was part of an attempt to seize the base, while the attacks on Shajarat al-Dor and west of Tikrit were aimed at the ISF and volunteers. IS is also trying to take Baiji refinery once again. On October 8 it was able to shoot down an army helicopter in the area. The siege of Dhuluiya was finally ended, but fierce clashes continued there. The ISF and peshmerga also claimed to have cleared all of the Tuz Kharmato district in eastern Salahaddin. The ISF and volunteers also took Hajaj outside of Tikrit in its attempt to cordon off the city.

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