Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Attacks Down But Casualties Up In Iraq September 2014


September 2014 followed the same downward trend in attacks seen in August, but casualties remained high. That was due to Islamic State massacres in northern Iraq and the fall of Camp Saqlawiya in Anbar. In Anbar and Salahaddin the insurgents are on the offensive, while they are increasing their operations in the Baghdad belts. On the other hand, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and their militia allies are carrying out operations in Anbar, Babil, and Diyala, while the Kurds are attempting to retake lost territory in Ninewa and Diyala. The ISF however have failed to hold many of the areas it has cleared, while the peshmerga have moved away from trying to regain Jalawla and Sinjar and are concentrating on other areas with the support of U.S. air strikes. Overall, the militants continue to hold the operational initiative in Iraq.

September saw the fewest security incidents of any month this year. The press reported 687 attacks surpassing the previous low of 830 in August. Incidents that month started declining as the insurgent summer offensive tapered off and many provinces settled into a rough stalemate. In the first week of August there were 265 attacks, going down to 178 the second week, 150 the third, which was the fewest of the year, 179 the fourth, 168 the first week of September, 156 the second week, 166 the third, and 153 from September 22-28. Baghdad, 188, Salahaddin, 175, and Anbar, 105 had the most incidents last month with southern Iraq having the fewest with eleven in Basra, five each in Karbala and Qadisiyah, two in Najaf, and one in Wasit.

For the month there were 2,673 killed and 3,306 wounded, which was roughly the same as August’s 2,668 dead and 3,640 injured. Most of September’s casualties came in Anbar where 300 soldiers were lost at Camp Saqlawiya, 500 inmates from Badush Prison in Ninewa were found executed by the Islamic State on September 10, and several hundred more were killed by IS in Ninewa and Salahaddin. The dead in September broke down to 548 members of the ISF, 34 Sahwa, 11 Peshmerga, and 2,080 civilians, while the injured consisted of 255 ISF, 20 Sahwa, 69 Peshmerga, and 2,692 civilians. Overall, Ninewa had 774 killed, Anbar 658, Salahaddin 552, Baghdad 439, Tamim 89, Diyala 66, Babil 52, Basra 19, Karbala 13, Qadisiyah 6, and Najaf 5. If not for the mass executions the number of dead would have been going down for the month. For example, from September 22-28 there were only 395 fatalities, down from 620 the week before, 932 the week before that, and 616 the first week of September. If those trends continue casualties might actually decrease in October. So far in 2014 there have been 18,413 fatalities and 27,436 wounded.

Violence In Iraq By Week 2014
Date
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
Jan 1-7
244
363
733
Jan 8-14
272
364
676
Jan 15-21
205
358
616
Jan 22-28
236
305
618
Jan 29-31
57
93
237
JAN
1,014
1,483
2,880
Feb 1-7
204
296
700
Feb 8-14
226
258
505
Feb 15-21
264
346
703
Feb 22-28
251
374
618
FEB
945
1,274
2,526
Mar 1-7
253
412
702
Mar 8-14
206
324
612
Mar 15-21
216
423
736
Mar 22-27
211
279
580
Mar 28-31
110
168
271
MAR
996
1,606
2,901
Apr 1-7
238
259
550
Apr 8-14
223
362
646
Apr 15-21
251
406
786
Apr 22-28
226
347
744
Apr 29-30
61
82
179
APR
999
1,456
2,905
May 1-7
198
246
483
May 8-14
257
469
752
May 15-21
183
256
426
May 22-28
204
407
817
May 29-31
63
90
132
MAY
905
1,468
2,610
Jun 1-7
224
588
1,021
Jun 8-14
227
1,238
891
Jun 15-21
171
758
754
Jun 22-28
200
720
775
Jun 29-30
56
127
236
JUN
878
3,431
3,677
Jul 1-7
200
511
622
Jul 8-14
211
577
625
Jul 15-21
225
398
1,000
Jul 22-28
222
549
801
Jul 29-31
65
162
230
JUL
923
2,197
3,278
Aug 1-8
268
1,121
885
Aug 9-14
178
709
1,152
Aug 15-21
150
354
499
Aug 22-28
178
523
798
Aug 29-31
58
118
289
AUG
832
2,825
3,623
Sep 1-7
168
616
751
Sep 8-14
156
932
722
Sep 15-21
166
620
749
Sep 22-28
153
395
573
Sep 29-30
44
110
241
SEP
687
2,673
3,036
2014 Totals
8,179
18,413
27,436

The Islamic State detonated 59 car bombs in September. Those went off 21 out of 30 days with one car bomb wave each week. IS broke its pattern however of setting off a new wave within one to two days of the preceding one. September 1 was the end of the last wave of August. Then the first lot of September began on September 3 until September 6. There was one day off before the next wave from September 8-12. Then the configuration changed with a two day respite, one car bomb on September 15, another day off, and then the third wave from September 17-19. The fourth wave began September 21 and went until September 25, before one day of car bombs on September 27, and then another single day of attacks on September 30. In total, there were 301 deaths and 882 wounded from these vehicle borne improvised explosive devices.

Car Bombs In Iraq Sep. 2014
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Sep 1
Baya x2, Baghdad
13
45
Sep 2



Sep 3
Samarra, Salahaddin
7
17
Sep 4
Albu Faraj, Anbar
Kadhimiya & Sadoun St, Baghdad
Kirkuk, Kirkuk
24
85
Sep 5
Amiriya Fallujah, Anbar
Zafaraniya, Baghdad
Tikrit, Salahaddin
14
33
Sep 6
Samarra, Salahaddin

4
Sep 7



1st Wk Total
11
58
184
Sep 8
Dhuluiya x2, Salahaddin
20
168
Sep 9
Saqlawiya, Anbar


Sep 10
Saqlawiya, Anbar
New Baghdad & Ghadeer, Baghdad
19
57
Sep 11
Karbala, Karbala
Najaf, Najaf
Diwaniya, Qadisiyah
14
40
Sep 12
Ghadeer, Baghdad
Hammadi Shihab, Salahaddin
7
18
Sep 13



Sep 14



2nd Wk Total
11
60
283
Sep 15
Abu Dishr, Baghdad
4
14
Sep 16



Sep 17
Ramadi, Anbar
Tarmiya, Salahaddin
15
21
Sep 18
Kadhimiya x2 & Topchi, Baghdad
Karbala, Karbala
31
56
Sep 19
Mahmudiya, Babil
Baya, Karrada & Nahrawan, Baghdad
21
85
Sep 20



Sep 21
Saqlawiya x2, Anbar


3rd Wk Total
13
71
176
Sep 22
Ur, Baghdad
12
25
Sep 23
Sadr City, Baghdad
Baiji Refinery & Beshkan, Salahaddin
19
71
Sep 24
Baiji Refinery x8, Salahaddin
17

Sep 25
Mahmudiya x2, Babil
7
23
Sep 26



Sep 27
Yusifiya & Mahmudiya, Babil
Baiji Refinery x2, Salahaddin
19
32
Sep 28



4th Wk Total
18
74
151
Sep 29



Sep 30
Iskandiriya & Kifil, Babil
Hurriya x2, Baghdad
Basra, Basra
Karbala, Karbala
38
88
Sep
Totals
59
301
882

Another major driver of casualties was government shelling and air strikes of civilian areas. On September 13 and again on September 29 Prime Minister Haider Abadi said that the ISF would no longer hit civilian areas in an apparent fig leaf towards Sunnis. Unfortunately, there was no let up despite these statements. On September 14 for example, Dhuluiya in Salahaddin, which has been under siege by the Islamic State for weeks was hit by artillery resulting in one dead and one wounded. From that day to the end of the month there were fifteen days of mortar and artillery fire and air strikes in Anbar and Salahaddin resulting in 132 people losing their lives and 264 being injured. For the month 342 were killed and 607 wounded by the ISF. These strikes serve no military purpose and are the result of poor intelligence leading to bad targeting by the army and a disregard for civilians. The former was shown by the fact that Dhuluiya was hit twice even though it is fighting the insurgents and 21 militiamen were killed and wounded in Zian, Salahaddin on September 27. In other cases such as Fallujah and Garma in Anbar the ISF just indiscriminately fires into the two cities considering anything a legitimate target despite the costs. The fact that Abadi’s order has not been followed shows that he is willing to talk about concessions, but not make any right now.  

Casualties From Government Shelling and Air Strikes Sep 2014
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Sep 2
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
Albu Zarkh & Tamor, Kirkuk
Alam, Salahaddin
50
78
Sep 3
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
15
10
Sep 4
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
Mosul, Ninewa
25
16
Sep 5
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
Baiji, Salahaddin
11
49
Sep 6
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
Hawija & Tal Ali, Kirkuk
Ajeel, Salahaddin
35
35
Sep 7
Zab, Kirkuk
7
4
Sep 8
Fallujah
3
17
Sep 9
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
Baaj, Ninewa
12
37
Sep 10
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
Qayara, Ninewa
8
13
Sep 11
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
22
27
Sep 12
Fallujah, Anbar
Mosul, Ninewa
21
39
Sep 13
Fallujah, Anbar
1
18
Sep 14
Dhuluiya, Salahaddin
1
1
Sep 15
Fallujah, Anbar
6
22
Sep 16
Fallujah, Anbar
4
21
Sep 17
Fallujah, Anbar
3
20
Sep 18
Fallujah, Anbar
4
24
Sep 19
Fallujah, Anbar
2
9
Sep 21
Fallujah, Anbar
Tikrit, Salahaddin
15
22
Sep 22
Fallujah & Saqlawiya, Anbar
27
20
Sep 23
Fallujah, Anbar
13
23
Sep 24
Fallujah, Anbar
Tikrit, Salahaddin
16
21
Sep 25
Dhuluiya & Mutasim, Salahaddin
11
18
Sep 26
Fallujah, Anbar
3
15
Sep 27
Zian, Salahaddin
8
13
Sep 28
Fallujah & Garma, Anbar
13
21
Sep 30
Fallujah, Anbar
Tikrit, Salahaddin
6
14
Total
-
342
607

U.S. air strikes have also recorded their first civilian casualties. On September 26 Garma, Anbar and Mosul, Ninewa reported two and four dead respectively, along with four wounded. This was after over one hundred sorties. More casualties can be expected as the U.S. and its allies are likely to be flying over Iraq for the long run, but the small number so far is a stark comparison with the ISF.

Casualties From U.S. Air Strikes Sep 2014
Date
Location
Dead
Wounded
Sep 26
Garma, Anbar
2
4
Sep 26
Mosul, Ninewa
4
-
Total
2
6
4

Violence In Iraq By Province Sep 2014
Province
Sep 1-7
Sep 8-14
Sep 15-21
Sep 22-28
Sep 29-30
Sep Total
Anbar
23 Incidents
104 Killed
158 Wounded
8 Shootings
2 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Suicide Bomber
22 Incidents
86 Killed
169 Wounded
6 Shootings
2 IEDs
2 Suicide Car Bombs
28 Incidents
374 Killed
149 Wounded
10 Shootings
63 IEDs
3 Suicide Car Bombs
4 Suicide Bombers
26 Incidents
87 Killed
96 Wounded
14 Shootings
3 IEDs

6 Incidents
7 Killed
18 Wounded
5 Shootings
105 Incidents
658 Killed
590 Wounded
43 Shootings
68 IEDs
7 Suicide Car Bombs
5 Suicide Bomber
Babil
10 Incidents
12 Killed
30 Wounded
1 Shooting
6 IEDs
7 Incidents
5 Killed
19 Wounded
2 Shootings
3 IEDs
10 Incidents
5 Killed
41 Wounded
6 Shootings
4 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
13 Incidents
23 Killed
66 Wounded
9 Shootings
3 Car Bombs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
3 Incidents
7 Killed
29 Wounded
1 Shooting
2 Car Bombs
43 Incidents
52 Killed
185 Wounded
19 Shootings
13 IEDs
5 Car Bombs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
Baghdad
50 Incidents
112 Killed
297 Wounded
17 Shootings
25 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
4 Car Bombs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
43 Incidents
85 Killed
236 Wounded
12 Shootings
23 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Motorcycle Bomb
4 Suicide Car Bombs
44 Incidents
121 Killed
326 Wounded
6 Shootings
16 IEDs
9 Sticky Bombs
7 Car Bombs
39 Incidents
83 Killed
221 Wounded
15 Shootings
17 IEDs
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Sound Bomb
2 Car Bombs
12 Incidents
38 Killed
90 Wounded
1 Shooting
6 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
2 Car Bombs
188 Incidents
439 Killed
1,170 Wounded
51 Shootings
87 IEDs
19 Sticky Bombs
15 Car Bombs
5 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Motorcycle Bomb
1 Sound Bomb
Basra
2 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Shooting
8 Incidents
2 Killed
2 Shootings
1 IED
3 Sticky Bombs
-
-
1 Incident
15 Killed
1 Car Bomb
11 Incidents
19 Killed
3 Shootings
1 IED
3 Sticky Bombs
1 Car Bomb
Diyala
11 Incidents
9 Killed
27 Wounded
4 Shootings
12 IEDs
1 Suicide Bomber
10 Incidents
5 Killed
10 Wounded
4 Shootings
2 IEDs
14 Incidents
15 Killed
35 Wounded
8 Shootings
3 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
20 Incidents
37 Killed
72 Wounded
10 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber
2 Incidents
2 Shootings
57 Incidents
66 Killed
144 Wounded
28 Shootings
22 IEDs
2 Sticky Bombs
2 Suicide Bombers
Karbala
-
1 Incident
3 Killed
12 Wounded
1 Car Bomb
1 Incident
1 Car Bomb
2 Incidents
1 Wounded
2 IEDs
1 Incident
10 Killed
12 Wounded
1 Car Bomb
5 Incidents
13 Killed
25 Wounded
2 IEDs
3 Car Bombs
Kirkuk
18 Incidents
42 Killed
61 Wounded
7 Shootings
2 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
10 Incidents
9 Killed
6 Wounded
5 Shootings
3 IEDs
8 Incidents
21 Killed
25 Wounded
3 Shootings
16 IEDs
1 Motorcycle Bomb
2 Incidents
2 Killed
1 Shooting
10 IEDs
5 Incidents
15 Killed
24 Wounded
1 Shooting
3 IEDs
43 Incidents
89 Killed
116 Wounded
16 Shootings
34 IEDs
1 Car Bomb
1 Motorcycle Bomb
Najaf
-
2 Incidents
5 Killed
12 Wounded
1 IED
1 Car Bomb
-
-
-
2 Incidents
5 Killed
12 Wounded
1 IED
1 Car Bomb
Ninewa
16 Incidents
103 Killed
6 Wounded
7 Shootings
15 IEDs
15 Incidents
646 Killed
16 Wounded
10 Shootings
14 IEDs
16 Incidents
15 Killed
5 Wounded
5 Shootings
44 IEDs
4 Incidents
8 Killed
1 Shooing
2 IEDs
1 Incident
2 Killed
1 Shooting
52 Incidents
774 Killed
27 Wounded
24 Gunfire
75 IEDs
Qadisiyah
2 Incidents
2 Wounded
2 IEDs
3 Incidents
6 Killed
18 Wounded
1 IED
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Car Bomb
-
-
-
5 Incidents
6 Killed
20 Wounded
3 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Car Bomb
Salahaddin
36 Incidents
232 Killed
170 Wounded
19 Shootings
7 IEDs
3 Car Bombs
35 Incidents
80 Killed
224 Wounded
18 Shootings
26 IEDs
3 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Suicide Boat Bomb
45 Incidents
69 Killed
168 Wounded
15 Shootings
95 IEDs
1 Suicide Car Bomb
46 Incidents
155 Killed
117 Wounded
17 Shootings
45 IEDs
3 Car Bombs
9 Suicide Car Bombs
13 Incidents
16 Killed
68 Wounded
5 Shootings
1 IED
1 Sticky Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber
175 Incidents
552 Killed
747 Wounded
74 Shootings
174 IEDs
1 Sticky Bomb
6 Car Bombs
13 Suicide Car Bombs
1 Suicide Boat Bomb
1 Suicide Bomber
Wasit
-
-
-
1 Incident
1 IED
-
1 Incident
1 IED


Anbar saw four insurgent offensives in September. The first was aimed at taking Haditha and its neighboring dam. The ISF and friendly tribes were able to defeat this thrust, and then tried to turn the tables and push insurgents out of the area. Their attempt to move towards the Syrian border went nowhere however. IS then scored a major victory when it took Camp Saqlawiya on September 21. Not only that, but it was able to gain ground in Ramadi despite several security campaigns there during the month. By the end of the month there was news that another military base with 240 soldiers northeast of Ramadi was surrounded and under attack by the militants as well. The Iraqi forces have been completely inept in the province. It has launched one operation after another there, but has never been able to hold any ground. In fact, it has lost territory almost every month.  

Babil is much the same. There the twelfth and thirteenth security sweeps of the year were launched in September. These were supported by militias who have been carrying out mass arrests, destroying homes, and cutting off water supplies to Sunni areas, and telling them to leave in Latifiya, and probably other areas as well. Northern Babil is part of the Baghdad belts where the insurgents are building up their support networks, and using them to launch attacks into the capital.

Other areas of the belts where insurgents are active include places like Abu Ghraib, Madain, Yusifiya, and Husseiniya in Baghdad governorate. Those have seen a constant series of attacks throughout the year. Madain for instance saw a shop shot up and a house stormed on September 14, and then two IEDs, three sticky bombs, and another house attacked the next day. The capital city itself has also come under indirect fire from mortars. In August and September there were 10 mortar incidents each. These all showed that the militants are becoming bolder.

Diyala has seen major operations by both the ISF and peshmerga. The army, police and militias have been trying to clear northern Muqtadiya, Mansuriya, and the Hamrin mountain region. They were finally able to free the irrigation system in central Diyala from IS control by the end of the month. The peshmerga on the other hand were at first attempting to retake Jalawla that fell to the Islamic State, but that has stalled. The Kurds are now focused upon northern Babil in places like Qara Tapa and the Hamrin area as well. Both forces are receiving Iranian aid and advice. Several hundred families have been displaced due to the fighting.

The Kurds are also on the offensive in Ninewa. Originally they were trying to clear the areas around Sinjar, but like in Diyala they have moved on to other regions of the province instead. The Bashiqa area north of Mosul was been a major focus and at the end of September they were able to take the Rabia border crossing with Syria with the aid of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Yazidis have been forming their own armed groups and have talked about retaking Sinjar as well, but on September 29 they were forced from two areas due to a lack of ammunition showing that they are not ready for any major operations yet. Rabia would be a major victory for the Kurds as it has been used as a crossing point for IS fighters back and forth between Iraq and Syria. It would also be the second major point taken since the Mosul Dam. The Islamic State still remains in full control of the central part of the province.

Salahaddin is the other area where IS has been on the offensive. The Islamic State continues to surround and assault the Dhuluiya area. It has also moved into Dujail in the southern section of the province in an attempt to cut off places like Taji and Samarra from Baghdad. Towards the end of September there was major fighting there. Militants have also been hitting Baiji refinery again with car and suicide bombers. This is another example of the insurgents holding the initiative. They have been able to out maneuver the ISF and militias and move into their rear in Dujail and threaten their supply lines. If successful this Islamic State thrust could reconfigure security throughout northern Iraq once again.

Finally, southern Iraq was hit by a series of car bombs. That started on September 11 when Karbala, Najaf and Diwaniya were all hit, followed by Karbala again on September 18, and then Basra and Karbala once more on September 30. There were also a series of IED, sticky bomb, and shooting incidents some of which might have been the work of Shiite parties vying for power and taking hits on their opponents.

SOURCES

AIN, “Wide security operation to start in Ramadi,” 9/27/14

Buratha News, “Abadi: I will not let civilians be bombed and no need for international ground forces,” 9/29/14
- “Anbar Operations begin a massive military operation to cleanse the areas north of Ramadi of Daash,” 9/23/14
- “Council wants Latifiyah and Mahmudiyah cleared: Daash terrorists controlled in three areas south of Baghdad,” 9/22/14
- “Defense announces the death of more than 100 “terrorist” and cleanse the 16 villages in Diyala,” 9/29/14
- "Mahmudiya bombing toll rises to 30 martyrs and wounded," 9/25/14

Daragahi, Borzou, “Iraq’s sectarian war rages on as world focuses on Isis,” Financial Times, 9/26/14

Al Forat, "Car bombing outcome: 10 killed, 8 injured eastern Karbala," 9/30/14
- “ISF liberate 3 villages in Muqdadiyah,” 9/24/14
- “Wide military operation launched to liberate Tikrit from ISIL,” 9/22/14

Independent Press Agency, "81 dead and wounded the final outcome of bombing of Sadr City," 9/23/14
- "Army re-bombed Fallujah with missile launchers and explosives and aircraft," 9/28/14

Al Mada, “Dujail is exposed to attacks from 3 axes and Daash trying to isolate it from Baghdad,” 9/24/14
- "Killed and injured 13 people and destroyed 16 houses bombed in Fallujah," 9/26/14
- "Killed and injured 18 people and damaged power grids in army pounding of Fallujah," 9/23/14
- "Killed and injured 47 people and destroyed water plan in army bombing on Fallujah," 9/22/14
- "Killing and injuring four people in armed attack south of Baghdad," 9/14/14
- “Latifiyah and Mahmudiyah: Daash controls the three areas south of Baghdad..and most of the fighters from tribes,” 9/24/14
- “Salahuddin council warns of Daash control in Dujail and to cut supply route from Dhuluiya to Samarra,” 9/22/14

Al Masalah, "Killing five civilians and wounding 16 by a suicide bomber targeting a café south of Baghdad," 9/27/14
-"Two casualties and 15 wounded in car bombing in central Basra," 9/30/14

Morris, Harvey, “UPDATE: Turning Point as Kurds Push Back at Border,” Rudaw, 9/30/14

New Sabah, “Preparations for a major military air cover to storm Fallujah,” 9/27/14
- “The start of the second stage in the liberation of Jurf al-Sakhr with the support of international aviation,” 9/22/14

NINA, "/9/ Elements of the Popular Mobilization killed by the explosion of two car bombs in Baiji oil refinery," 9/27/14
- "/17/ civilians killed and wounded by indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods in Fallujah, /34/ elements of the IS killed by air raids," 9/24/14
- "/17/ people, including soldiers killed in the suicide attacks on the Baiji refinery," 9/24/14
- "29/ people killed and wounded south of Tikrit," 9/25/14
- "Breaking News..About /40/ people killed and wounded, including military personnel in two separate incidents in the south and north of Baghdad," 9/27/14
- “Breaking News..liberating all areas north and west of the city of Ramadi from the IS control,” 9/22/14
- "Breaking News…Two Car Bombings in Southern Baghdad 9/25/14
- “Cleansing Cohani villages in Mansuriya in Diyala,” 9/25/14
- ""Four" civilians killed by an American raid in central Mosul," 9/26/14
- “Four villages between Ramadi and Saqlawiyah freed from the control of the (IS),” 9/28/14
- “Freeing of three villages and killed four elements of Daash northeast of Baquba,” 9/29/14
- "Gunmen kill (Mukhtar), two of his family, two relatives south of Baghdad," 9/14/14
- "More than /40/ people killed and wounded in artillery shelling and bombing of a market in Tikrit," 9/24/14
- “Peshmerga forces liberate several villages in Nineveh Plain,” 9/23/14
- "A security source in Babylon: Al-Kefil explosion targeted displaced people from Mosul," 9/30/14

Radio Free Iraq, "26 September 2014," Daily Updates from Anbar, 9/26/14
- "Car Bombs, Mortars Kill 25 In Baghdad," 9/30/14

Al Rayy, “The arrival of large military reinforcements to Jurf al-Sakhr north of Babylon,” 9/24/14
- “The displacement of 100 families from the villages north of Muqdadiyah because of public executions by Daash,” 9/24/14
- "Killing and injuring dozens of Daash in frustrated attack on Baiji refinery north of Tikrit," 9/23/14
- “Peace Brigades liberated village in Muqdadiyah from Daash,” 9/24/14
- “Security forces and the popular crowd purify the eastern part of the helm’s irrigation northeast of Baquba,” 9/28/14
- “The strength of the anti-terror begins to carry out a military operation in Ramadi,” 9/25/14

Salaheddin, Sinan, "Officials: Wave of attacks kill 19 across Iraq," Associated Press, 9/30/14

Shafaq News, "2 civilians killed and 7 wounded in a bombing east Dhuluiya," 9/23/14
- “Battles and “violent” bombings for hours in largest oil refineries north of Iraq,” 9/24/14
- “Dozens of ISIS elements killed in security operation in Dhuluiya,” 9/29/14
- “Sinjar: Yazidi fighters withdraw from two regions and criticize Western Aviation,” 9/29/14

Yacoub, Sameer, "Iraq officials: Baghdad car bomb kills 17 people," Associated Press, - "Iraq officials say Baghdad car bomb has killed 12," Associated Press, 9/22/14

Xinhua, "Iraqi warplane mistakenly pounded militiamen, as dozens killed and wounded in bomb attacks," 9/28/14