At least 96 people were killed and 263 injured in Iraqi violence last week. The total number of attacks did not rise considerably from recent weeks, but the number of associated casualties did.
A total of 34 bomb attacks left 61 people dead and 167 injured, including a suicide bombing in Tuz Khurmatu which left 35 people dead and 70 injured. Small arms fire attacks left 35 people dead and 36 injured. There were also several indirect fire attacks (rockets and mortars) but they did not cause any casualties.
The most hostile part of the country was Anbar province, which saw a notable deterioration in conditions. Local Sunni residents continue to demonstrate against what they perceive to be state discrimination against their community. Protests turned violent last week with a number of people killed and injured in stand-offs with the security forces. The local mood is likely to remain volatile and personnel should be prepared for a possible escalation if the government does not take appropriate steps.
Violence was also concentrated in the northern city of Mosul and the province of Salah ad-Din while Baghdad and Diyala province also saw a number of attacks. Both the south of the country and KRG territory in the north were quiet.