Northern Iraq (North and North Central Regions – including the KRG)
The Northern Region reported 36 incidents during the period, an increase on last week’s low count and above the 2012 weekly average of 25. As is the established norm, all of this week’s incidents occurred in Ninawa province and mainly concentrated within Mosul city. Clusters of activity were also reported in the Tigris River Valley and in the west of the province. Within Mosul we witnessed a relatively typical snapshot of activity, with incidents divided fairly evenly between IED attacks and those involving SAF, with ISF and civilian targets featuring equally. Five out of the six IED related incidents reported in Mosul this week occurred in the east of the city. Although constrained by a lack of detail, the majority of SAF attacks in Mosul continue to be conducted at close quarters, either against individuals or ISF patrols/static locations. The most significant event during the reporting period was a triple VBIED attack in the normally peaceful town of Basheeqa, 13km northeast of Mosul. The devices detonated consecutively in the vicinity of a nightclub in the town killing at least two people and wounding 21. There were also incidents in the towns of Hamam Allil and Qayarah to the south of Mosul. Incidents reported from the western border districts of Rabia and Ba’aj predominantly involved the use of SAF, including an attack against a civilian residence in Badoush.
The North Central Region reported 36 incidents during the reporting period. As with the Northern Region this was an increase on last week’s low count, but on-par with the 2012 weekly average of 35. Two-thirds of all incidents involved the use of IEDs, with a number of SAF attacks and close quarter attacks (CQA’s) constituting all other incidents. As per the regional norm, ISF and government officials were heavily targeted, accounting for well over half the targets of reported attacks. Kirkukprovince witnessed the largest increase in incidents, with a slight increase in Diyala and a slight reduction noted in Salah al-Din. Within Kirkuk province, the rural areas to the north-west, south-west and south-east of the city were the focal points for attacks, with only four incidents reported in Kirkuk city itself. These outlying rural areas remain of strategic significance to Sunni insurgents and sit adjacent to the boundary with the Kurdish region. The ethnically diverse town of Tuz Khormato was the most active area in Salah al-Din, with attacks also reported in Shirqat, Bayji and Samara, with all but one incident involving IEDs. While an increase on last weeks figures, Diyala remained relatively calm this week with just six reported incidents. Security forces in Diyala also announced a security plan for the Islamic New Year and Ashura, with a security operation involving 20,000 security personnel.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) – No significant incidents were reported during the period in the provinces of Dahuk or Erbil. Two civilian bodies were reported found on the outskirts of Sulaymaniyah city on 9 November, the circumstances behind their deaths remains unknown.