Iraq

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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