Levels of violence fell in Iraq last week. At least 20 people were killed and 53 injured in nationwide incidents – a low figure for the country.
Even more remarkable is the fact that the weekend saw the Shi'ah holy period of Ashura, which has previously seen severe bouts of terrorist violence aimed at Shi'ah civilians. There were some attacks, but the security forces appear to have limited the extent of the expected violence fairly substantially.
Throughout the week a total of 26 non-suicide bomb attacks left 12 people dead and 42 injured – a low figure. An additional suicide bombing in the north-west of Mosul injured five people.
Shooting attacks left seven people dead and four injured. Indirect fire attacks (rockets and mortars) left one person dead and two injured.
Attacks were concentrated in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul, as well as along a belt of settlements running from Rawa in Anbar province towards Kifl in Babil province, with notable clusters around Ramadi and Fallujah.
In Salah ad-Din province there was a spate of attacks in Tikrit on 20 November, while tensions between the federal and Kurdish security forces remain high around Tuz Khurmatu.
Baghdad was unusually quiet; there were no major incidents recorded in Kurdish Regional Government territory; there was only one attack recorded in the south.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Levels of violence fell in Iraq last week. At least 39 people were killed and 202 injured in nationwide incidents. However, conditions may worsen over the coming week as terrorists could attempt to target Shi'ah religious interests as worshippers gather ahead of Ashura, due around 23-24 November.
A total of 37 non-suicide bomb attacks left 23 people dead and 143 injured last week. This is a relatively normal figure for the country. There were also two additional suicide bombings in the central provinces which left at least nine people dead and 40 injured.
There was a fall in the overall number of small arms fire attacks reported, with seven people killed and 16 injured in such attacks. Indirect fire attacks (rockets and mortars) left three people injured. Three people were also released from captivity in police operations after having been abducted by different criminal groups in the central and northern provinces.
Violence was concentrated in the cities of Fallujah, Ba'qubah and Mosul, as well as throughout the provinces of Ta'mim and Salah ad-Din. The south of the country was very quiet, aside from a bombing in Qadissiyah province. There were also two rare attacks recorded in Sulaymaniyah in the northern Kurdish Regional Government territory, while Turkish military operations against suspected PKK sties also took place in Dahuk province.
Source: AKE, INA, FP
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Levels of violence fell in Iraq last week, and AKE suspects this may be linked to ongoing counter-insurgency operations initiated by the security forces in the central and northern provinces. At least 19 people were killed and 25 injured in nationwide incidents.
A total of 14 bomb attacks left six people dead and 16 injured, a notable drop from the previous week. Small arms fire attacks left 12 people dead and nine injured. There were no suicide attacks or indirect fire attacks (rockets and mortars) reported.
Violence was concentrated in Anbar province, which currently resembles a low-level battleground, with several police and army operations targeting suspected radical Islamist militants in the area. The response to this has been a series of terrorist attacks against the security forces in urban parts of the east of the province.
Ninawa province was the next most hostile area, with several attacks recorded in Mosul. Baghdad and Diyala province on the other hand saw no violence at all, a very rare occurrence, although the calm was shattered by a car bomb attack in the east of the capital earlier on 5 November.
Source: AKE Group