Islamist militants led by the Islamic State (IS) continue to battle with the federal and Kurdish security forces in several parts of the central and northern region. International air strikes also continue to target the group, especially in parts of Ninawa, Ta'mim and Anbar provinces, although strikes also took place in other areas such as the outskirts of Baghdad, Babil, Diyala and Salah ad-Din provinces.
Last week a total of 47 non-suicide bomb attacks left 103 people dead and 278 injured – a notable rise. Eight additional suicide bombings left 73 people dead and 111 injured – an equally high number. The past two weeks have seen an unusually high number of suicide bombings in the country.
Small arms attacks left 17 people dead and 24 injured, including members of the security forces shot during clashes with militants. Indirect fire incidents (rockets, mortars and military artillery shelling) left 14 people dead and 25 injured.
At least 70 people were also reportedly murdered or publicly executed by various groups and found either abandoned in the streets or buried in mass graves. There are growing concerns that sectarian relations are tipping into more widespread arbitrary violence.