Author Archive | Arabella Wickham

Weekly Security Update 04 - 11 September 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk  COUNTRY OVERVIEW  Levels of violence remained constant this week as Sunni insurgents continue to pressurize and attack the Shia majority.  Unsurprisingly, the violence predominated in and around Baghdad but was also seen in the smaller satellite towns to the south and north of the capital. Late in the week […]

Weekly Security Update 21 - 29 August 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk COUNTRY OVERVIEW Iraq, especially Baghdad and surrounding provinces, bore the brunt of an especially violent week as a re-supplied and resurgent ISI continue to pressurize the armed forces, the government and secular Sunni’s with a deadly bombing campaign that the ISF seem unable to combat effectively. Baghdad of all […]

Weekly Security Update 14 - 21 August 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk COUNTRY OVERVIEW The tempo of violence  this week off dropped considerably fewer high impact attacks and shootings taking place.  There has however remained a daily churn of low level shootings and assassinations that remains commonplace in everyday Iraq.  The main interest points from the reporting period have in fact come […]

Weekly Security Update 07 - 14 August 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk COUNTRY OVERVIEW The prevailing situation in Iraq remains febrile and wrought with tension and violence amidst a series of devastating car bombings and shootings this week, which has resulted in many hundreds being killed, predominantly in the Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad during the end of Ramadan celebrations. In line […]

Weekly Security Update 31 July - 06 August 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk COUNTRY OVERVIEW This reporting period has been somewhat quieter in Iraq with a significant drop in the number of high impact attacks and shootings.  There remains a daily churn of violence that affects predominantly the northern and central belts yet the intensified bombing campaigns would appear to have slackened, […]

Weekly Security Update 24 - 31 July 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk COUNTRY OVERVIEW Iraq has once again been gripped by severe violence this week with hundreds killed in multiple bombings and shootings, which have predominantly, and somewhat unsurprisingly, targeted Baghdad and the northern Provinces. Thursday 25 July saw at least 28 people were killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq.  […]

Weekly Security Brief 17 - 24 July 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk In a similar pattern to last week violence intensified in Iraq this week as the major sectarian groups provoked and attacked one another in numerous shootings and bombings that were predominantly focused upon the northern and central belts, specifically in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk. We have chiefly witnessed an […]

Security Update 23 July 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk NEWS UPDATE In a series of sophisticated simultaneous attacks the ISI has managed to break out hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, from Abu Ghraib jail amidst a military-style assault. The deadly raid on the high-security jail comes as Sunni Muslim militants are seeking to gain […]

Weekly Security Update 09 - 16 July 2013

By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk COUNTRY OVERVIEW In line with developments last week violence has intensified in Iraq this week with the resumption of multiple high impact attacks across the country, especially in the southern predominantly Shia provinces around Basra who bore the brunt of the violence toward the latter part of the reporting […]