Weekly Security Update

Central Iraq (Baghdad and Anbar)

Baghdad reported a total of 44 incidents during the period; this marks an increase from last week’s figure and is some way above the current weekly average and in line with increased levels in other areas in the northern half of the country.  Whilst a significant proportion of incidents targeting civilians this week were of an apparently communal or domestic nature, the more programmatic violence directed against ISF and other government employees continued to dominate reporting.  Though the volume of this week’s incidents was relatively high, most incidents were small in scale and sophistication.  A total of nine stand-off improvised explosive device (IED) or shooting attacks on ISF checkpoints and patrols were reported this week.  Such incidents are most likely attributable to Sunni Arab insurgents, reflecting a tactic employed throughout the northern half of the country of exploiting these exposed targets.  Such incidents consistently make up a substantial proportion of overall incident levels in Baghdad city.  This week also saw a continuation of attacks against senior ISF commanders or other government employees.

Anbar reported a total of 12 incidents this week, which is on par with the current weekly average and continues long term patterns seen in Anbar Province.  Once again the majority of incidents were focused in Fallujah district, where reporting was dominated by the assassination of Iraqiyya politician Ayfan al-Issawi and a subsequent IED attack at his funeral.  There was also a single indirect fire (IDF) incident targeting ISF in Ramadi and three incidents involving ISF around the town of Qaim, on the Syrian border.  For the fourth week in a row, demonstrations continued (mainly focused in Ramadi and Fallujah).  ISF were reported to have carried out a series of offensive operations targeting Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) bases around Huran Valley and elsewhere in Rutbah District in the far west of Anbar Province this week. 

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