Northern Iraq (North and North Central Regions – including the KRG)
The Northern Region reported 22 incidents during the reporting period, a reduction on last weeks figure and slightly below the 2012 weekly average of 24. The reduction in incidents was likely linked to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF’s) increased security posture during the Eid al-Adha period. As is the norm, all incidents during the reporting period occurred in Ninawa province and were mainly focused in and around Mosul, which remains one of the most violent cities in Iraq. The majority of incidents, four small arms fire (SAF) and six improvised explosive devices (IEDs), were targeted ISF with many involving attacks against checkpoints or security patrols. To the south of Mosul, the convoy of the Qayarrah District Chief of Police was targeted by an IED in the area of Haj Ali, resulting in damage to vehicles. This 20km stretch of the Tigris River Valley from Qayarrah to Shirqat, which straddles the provincial boundary with Salah Ad Din, is a highly active area of insurgent activity. The corridor between Mosul and the Syrian border also remains active, with a number of IED’s targeted against ISF in the Tal Afar area. ISF also reported an armed clash with smugglers in the Syrian border area to the west of Tal Afar. A series of attacks were reported against Shabak homes and places of worship in the Mosul area on 27 October, including a suicide bomb attack against a Shabak place of worship in Baybukh, east of Mosul. The Shabak have been heavily persecuted as an ethno-religious minority, and suffer regular attacks, although not usually on this scale. In a separate incident, a suicide bomber was reported to have detonated prematurely while en route to a Turkmen village to the south of Mosul.
The North Central Region reported 29 incidents during the period, a reduction on last weeks figure and below the current 2012 weekly average of 35. In Kirkuk and Salah Ad-Din, insurgent activity was almost exclusively comprised of explosive devices targeting a combination of government figures, community members, ISF and civilians. Activity in Kirkuk province was geographically spread including activity in the Kirkuk city area and the outlying areas of Riyadh, Hawija and Dibis. In Kirkuk city IED’s targeted ISF and civilians, although no mass casualty attacks were reported. IEDs also targeted ISF at a market in Riyadh, with two also detonating without incident in Hawija. In Salah Ad-Din, two IEDs detonated in Samarra, one targeted a mosque and the second a police patrol, the latter wounding two policemen. In Tuz Khormato, a car bomb (VBIED) detonated outside the Shia endowment building in the town. Diyala was relatively busy with a number of IED and VBIED attacks reported. On 26 and 27 October VBIED attacks targeted Khalis and Muqdadiyah, resulting in a number of casualties and media coverage. Several SAF attacks were also reported against checkpoints in the area.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) – No significant incident were reported during the period in the three provinces that comprise the KRG (Dahuk,Erbil and Sulaymaniyah).