Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Iraq Security weekly roundup, week 4

 Islamic State (IS) militants continue to fight the federal and Kurdish security forces in several parts of the central and northern region.

Last week saw a notable rise in violence in Ta'mim province and a concurrent decline in violence in the neighbouring province of Salah ad-Din, with IS militants evidently turning their attention towards the Kurdish forces protecting the oil-rich and culturally sensitive city of Kirkuk.

Anbar province also saw very heavy fighting, as did the outskirts of Mosul, Baghdad and even western Diyala province, despite recent military gains reported from the area.

The southern region was relatively quiet.

Countrywide a total of 24 non-suicide bomb attacks left 69 people dead and 42 injured. Six additional suicide bombings left 24 people dead and 41 injured. This constitutes a rise in bomb-related casualties over the past week.

Indirect fire incidents (rockets, mortars and military artillery shelling) left 47 people dead and 93 injured – a very high figure.

Small arms attacks left 19 people dead and 41 injured, including members of the security forces shot during clashes with militants.

At least 193 people were publicly executed by militants or murdered only to have their bodies later recovered by the authorities – an extremely high figure.

*The poor reporting climate makes it very difficult to verify the full extent of current casualties and violence.

Source: AKE

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