Monday, December 31, 2012

Iraq Weekly Roundup. Last week in 2012

Levels of violence fell in Iraq last week. At least 21 people were killed and 55 injured in nationwide incidents, a relatively low figure for the country.

A total of 21 bomb attacks left two people dead and 42 injured. Most of the devices were small and evidently low-yielding in terms of the number of casualties caused. There were no suicide bombings reported.

Small arms fire attacks left 17 people dead and five injured. Indirect fire attacks (rockets and mortars) left one person dead and three injured. Two people were also abducted although one was freed by the police a few hours later.

Violence was concentrated in the centre of the country, as well as the northern city of Mosul which saw more attacks than anywhere else. The south of the country was relatively quiet although the authorities are preparing for possible attacks over the coming days. The Kurdish region also saw ongoing Turkish military operations against Kurdish rebels in the mountains.

At the time of writing a series of additional bombings have also been reported around the country, with casualties reported in Babil, Diyala and Ta'mim provinces. Shi'ah pilgrims are amongst the victims and more such attacks against them should be anticipated over the coming days as they gather to mark Arba'een, due to culminate on 3 January.

Source: AKE Group

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

يا عرب لا تنسوا جرائم القاعدة في بلدانكم في العام الماضي لكي لا تسمحوا لهم بأرتكاب المزيد من الجرائم .. 

Iraq Security weekly roundup

Levels of violence rose in Iraq last week. At least 97 people were killed and 327 injured in nationwide incidents, which is moderately high for the country, and an increase from the previous week.

A total of 41 non-suicide bomb attacks left 74 people dead and 289 injured. Two additional suicide bombings left nine people dead and 31 injured.

Of particular note were two seemingly co-ordinated bombings in Hillah and Karbala on 29 November which left dozens of people dead and injured.

A bus containing 20 army recruits was also taken captive by armed militants in Salah ad-Din province on 30 November, but the army was able to rescue the vehicle and the captives within a few hours.

There was a consistent number of small arms fire attacks, which left 14 people dead and seven injured. There were no indirect fire attacks (rockets and mortars) reported.

Violence was spread relatively evenly throughout urbanised parts of the central and northern provinces. The south of the country was relatively quiet.

Tensions remain high between the Baghdad and Kurdish authorities over disputed territories in the central north region of the country. There will remain the potential for localised spats, political tirades and even a wider escalation, although at present both sides are more likely to pursue a diplomatic solution than a costly confrontation.

Sources: AKE, MOH, MOI, MOD, INA