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Iraq: Terrorist incidents in Baghdad

Iraq continues to face extreme levels of terrorist violence having suffering 3158 terrorist attacks between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014, which caused almost 6000 deaths according to the Maplecroft Terrorism and Security Dashboard (MTSD). This represents a significant increase on the 2492 attacks which took place between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2013, which resulted in 3741 deaths according to available data.

The inability of the government to secure the country was dramatically underlined when the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), responsible for numerous terrorist attacks against government and Shia targets, seized control of key towns and cities in northern Iraq in June 2014. Further advances by ISIS, or the continued inability of the federal Iraqi military to stem the insurgency or regain territory, would increase the probability of the current security situation deteriorating further. Oil and gas fields, infrastructure and other assets across much of northern Iraq will remain highly vulnerable to ISIS attacks over the short to medium term. Oil fields in and around Kirkuk city and Ninawa governorate, are at particular risk of being overwhelmed by ISIS.