Explosive violence in Iraq in 2016
- There were 9,768 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- 65% (6,361) were civilians
- Of civilian deaths and injuries,76% were caused by IEDs
- 15% were caused by air-launched weapons and 8% by ground-launched weapons
- When explosive violence was used in a populated area in Iraq last year 93% of those dead and injured were civilians
- 42% of civilian deaths and injuries occurred in Baghdad City
- Compared to 2015, AOAV has recorded an increase in civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Iraq of 26%
- The numbers of civilians killed or injured by IEDs increased by 19% despite the number of IED incidents decreasing (from 228 in 2015 to 207 in 2016).
- The amount of civilians killed and injured by suicide attacks increased by 121%
- Civilian deaths and injuries from air-launched explosive violence in Iraq rose by 91%
- At least 60% of deaths and injuries from explosive violence were caused by ISIS in 2016
Explosive violence trends and patterns in Iraq (2011-2016)
- Iraq has consistently been one of the states worst impacted by explosive violence
- Between 2011-2016 Iraq has seen 59,808 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- Of these, 79% (47,367) were civilians
- On average, when explosive violence was used in populated areas, 93% of the deaths and injuries were civilians
- IEDs caused, by far, the most harm in this period, with 88% of civilian deaths and injuries caused by such weapons
- Air-launched explosives caused 5%
- Ground-launched explosives caused 6%
- 2013 was the worst year in this period for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Iraq
[note: figures for 2016 subject to change]
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