Weekly Security Update

By Gary Sandiford, Olive Group’s Dubai based assessments manager.  Olive Group is a leading provider of security and technology solutions and has operated continuously in Iraq since 2003.



Olive Groups Iraq statistics are drawn from multiple sources, including media reporting and direct liaison with in country assets. Included within the statistics are a minority sub-set of serious incidents which may not be purely attributable to insurgent/terrorist groups, such as murder, kidnappings and organised crime activities.

The total number of reported incidents in Iraq for the period 21-27 January 2013 was 161.  This marks a reduction from last week’s exceptionally high figure; however, it still remains above the current twelve month average of 126 and represents a relatively busy period for many northern and central areas of the country.  As such the approximate two month phase of heightened (if uneven) violence can be seen to have continued this week.  While the Baghdad and North regions recorded slightly above average incident levels for the week, it is the North Central and West Regions that contributed most to the relatively high total.  The South Central and South East Regions by contrast remained very subdued.  Of particular note, there were numerous large mass-casualty attacks this week, including a suicide-bombing at a Turkmen funeral in Tuz Khormato, and a small series of vehicle-bomb attacks across the Baghdad Region.

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