16 June 2013 Iraq attacks

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16 June 2013 Iraq attacks
Part of Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal)
16 June 2013 Iraq attacks is located in Iraq
Baghdad
Baghdad
Kut
Kut
Najaf
Najaf
Mosul
Mosul
Tuz Khormato
Tuz Khormato
Basra
Basra
Hillah
Hillah
Nasiriyah
Nasiriyah
Salman Pak
Salman Pak
16 June 2013 Iraq attacks (Iraq)
Location across Iraq (see map below)
Date 16 June 2013
Target Shia civilians, Iraqi security forces
Attack type
Car bombings, suicide bombings, roadside bombings, shootings
Weapons
Deaths 54[1]
Non-fatal injuries
174[1]
Suspected perpetrators
Islamic State of Iraq

On 16 June 2013, a series of coordinated bombings and shootings struck across several cities in Iraq, killing at least 54 people and injuring more than 170 others.[1]

Background[edit]

From a peak of 3,000 deaths per month in 2006–07, violence in Iraq decreased steadily for several years before beginning to rise again in 2012.[2] In December 2012, Sunnis began to protest perceived mistreatment by the Shia-led government. The protests had been largely peaceful, but insurgents, emboldened by the war in neighboring Syria, stepped up attacks in the initial months of 2013.[3] The number of attacks rose sharply after the Iraqi army raided a protest camp in Hawija on 23 April 2013.[4] Overall, 712 people were killed in April according to UN figures, making it the nation's deadliest month in five years.[3][4] Conditions continued to deteriorate in May when UNAMI reported at least 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 wounded in acts of terrorism and acts of violence, making it the deadliest month in the country since April 2008.[5]

The attacks on 16 June occurred about a month after Iraq's deadliest week in almost 5 years, as a series of deadly bombings and shootings across the country killed at least 449 people and left 732 others injured between 15 May and 21 May.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Attacks[edit]

Unlike most of the violence in Iraq during previous months, the majority of deadly attacks took place in southern cities, where such incidents are relatively rare. In the city of Kut, a car bomb exploded in an industrial area early in the morning, killing 6 people and injuring 15 others. A second bombing outside the city killed 5 civilians and wounded another 12.[1] In Najaf, at least 8 were killed and 29 injured after a bomb exploded at a local market. Other cities in the south were targeted as well - twin car bombs in the central area of Basra killed 6 and wounded 9, while similar attacks in Nasiriyah killed 2 and left 35 injured. A roadside blast in Hillah killed a civilian and wounded nine others.[1]

Other attacks were reported from the central and northern parts of the country, in addition to the bombings in the south. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a coffee shop in Baghdad's Amin neighborhood, leaving 11 dead and at least 25 others injured. Gunmen attacked an oil pipeline in Hatra, south of Mosul, killing 6 Iraqi Army soldiers and wounding five more.[1] In Mosul itself, two separate blasts injured 9 people, including 6 soldiers. A roadside bomb and a subsequent car bombing left 5 civilians dead and 12 others injured in Madain, near Salman Pak. Two civilians were killed and nine injured in a bombing in Mahmoudiyah, while a blast in Tuz Khormato killed two police officers and injured another, and four people were injured in an attack near Mahaweel. Two government employees were abducted near Riyadh.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Iraq’s Shi’ite South Targeted: 54 Killed, 174 Wounded". Antiwar (antiwar.com). 17 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Kareen Raheem (15 April 2013). "Bombs kill more than 30 across Iraq before local poll". Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Two blasts at Iraqi Sunni mosque kill 43". Reuters. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Deadliest day in months as bombs strike Sunni areas in Iraq, killing 76". Fox News. AP. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Iraq Horror: 42 Killed, 141 Wounded". Antiwar.com. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bombings Continue in Baghdad, Kirkuk; 40 Killed". Antiwar.com. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Retaliation Against Sunnis Leave 90 Dead, 201 Wounded Across Iraq". Antiwar.com. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Forty Killed Across Iraq; 13 Kidnapped in Anbar Province". Antiwar.com. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Iraqi Police Targeted As Attacks Claim 44 Lives". Antiwar.com. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Monday Mayhem: 133 Killed, 283 Wounded in Iraq". Antiwar.com. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sixty Killed, 132 Wounded in Ongoing Iraq Carnage". Antiwar.com. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.