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UPDATE: Institute for the Study of War releases updated map
11/09/2008 03:00 AM ET

The Institute for the Study of War has
just released an updated map of
“Special Groups” activity, based on
Multi-National Force-Iraq press releases.
ISW have been a major publisher on the Special Groups, armed groups claimed by American military officials to be Iranian backed and/or trained.

The mapped list includes all MNF-I press releases that indicate confirmed or probable Special Groups involvement. It does not include reports from other sources.

From the introduction:
Iranian-backed Special Groups have become increasingly active in Baghdad and central Iraq since mid-2007. These groups principally target US forces operating in the area, in the hopes of prompting their eventual withdrawal. They also actively seek to undermine the Maliki government. The hallmark weapon of Special Groups is the explosively-formed penetrator, an especially lethal IED capable of penetrating heavily-armored vehicles.

Special Groups operate throughout Iraq – specifically in Baghdad and the belts using the major road networks leading from Iran to the capital for facilitation. Within Baghdad, Special Groups extremists have been found to operate in many of the JAM-dominated areas, primarily in the districts of Sadr City, 9 Nissan, Kadhimiyah and West Rasheed. Special Groups lines of communication and transit routes run northwest of the capital in Diyala province and south of the capital in Babil and Wasit provinces. These northern routes run from the border crossing near Khanaqin south along the Diyala River or west from Mandali and Balad Ruz to the Khalis corridor north of Baghdad. A number or Special Groups operatives and weapons caches have been found in the cities of Khalis, Qasarin, and Khan Bani Saad. South of Baghdad in Wasit province, EFPs, weapons, recruits for Special Groups, and smuggled goods have flowed through the major border crossing between Mehran, Iran and Zurbatiya, Iraq.

Intelligence from the January 20, 2007 Special Groups attack on a Karbala Province Joint Coordination Center led to the captures and kills of the high-ranking network leaders in the spring. The captures of Qods Force operatives in Irbil and Sulaymaniyah have also generated a great deal of information on the Special Groups networks in Iraq The increased pace of Coalition raids has also resulted in the capture of numerous other Special Groups cell leaders, weapons facilitators, and trainers. Coalition Forces have actively targeted Special Groups extremists since mid-2007.

UPDATE: View the data in Google Maps below, or click here for a fuller view in Google Maps.




Click on each placemark for details.

ISW's key to the data points is as follows:

Incidents with unspecified locations in Baghdad are placed in Sadr City, Baghdad, as this area is a known hub of Special Groups activity. Red placemarks represent incidents of explosively-formed penetrator (EFP) detonations or other attacks with probable links to Special Groups. Yellow placemarks indicate discoveries of caches containing weapons associated with Special Groups. Green placemarks identify detainments of suspected Special Groups criminals. Purple placemarks label precision strikes against Special Groups by coalition aerial and ground forces. The mapped list includes all MNF-I press releases that indicate confirmed or probable Special Groups involvement. It does not include reports from other sources.


Download the map for viewing with Google Earth here.

*Note: To access this file, users must have Google Earth software on their computer. To download this software for free, click here.

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WHO/IG's Latest Data; Deadly Breakout Centers on Babil Province
09/29/2008 7:17 PM ET
Cholera cases, represented by red dots, are focused in Babil and Baghdad provinces, and nearby areas of southern Iraq.
WHO/IG.
Cholera cases, represented by red dots, are focused in Babil and Baghdad provinces, and nearby areas of southern Iraq.

The most recent situation report made available by Iraqi health officials and the World Health Organization on Iraq's ongoing cholera outbreak reports that one further case of the deadly disease was identified over the weekend, with 25 cases throughout the country still under monitoring and the threat of a new outbreak still looming.

As the image above, lifted from the WHO/IG situation report, shows, the epidemic has centered in Babil Province, particularly the southwestern districts of that governorate, along with cases confirmed in neighboring provinces and as far south as Basra, which experienced 39 cases.

Iraqi health officials with the Central Public Health Laboratory will continue round-the-clock monitoring of the disease over the coming Eid al-Fitr holiday this week as well as working through Friday and Saturday in order to monitor the progress of the breakout.

For the latest data, read the full situation report here: full_reportcholera092608.pdf

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We're Making a More Concerted Effort to Share the Latest Iraq Maps with You
06/24/2008 07:45 AM ET
A cropped version of the International Migratory Organization's new Ninewa map showing the whereabouts of internally displaced people (IDPs).
A cropped version of the International Migratory Organization's new Ninewa map showing the whereabouts of internally displaced people (IDPs).

A flurry of new Iraq city and province maps have surfaced in recent days, and we present many of them here as PDFs for your downloading.

Here's the Mosul map from the Institute for the Study of War: Mosul_Map.pdf

Here are a series of maps from the International Migratory Organization showing where internally displaced people (IDPs) can be found in Iraq:

iom_Babylon_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Basra_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Dahuk_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Erbil_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Kerbala_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Kirkuk_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Muthanna_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Ninewa_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Qadissiya_Diwaniya___IDP_Locations__June_2008.pdf

iom_Salahaddin_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Sulaymaniah_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Thi_Qar_IDPs_June_2008.pdf

iom_Wassit_IDP_Locations_June_2008.pdf

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How Much Power Arrived to Homes in the Capital Last Week?
11/13/2007 09:00 AM ET
Google Earth image/IraqSlogger.com.

IraqSlogger's sources in the Iraqi capital report stable electricity availability over the last week in each of nine disparate Baghdad districts where IraqSlogger tracks the estimated average daily power supply from week to week.

Fresh data for the week ending November 10 show that last week's drop in the reported average daily current in several Baghdad neighborhoods has not continued into this week, nor has it been reversed.

Baghdad al-Jadida still reports a mere three hours per day of supply, while no district in the nine reports more than eight hours of current, and disparities between eastern and western Baghdad have not abated.

The image below plots this week's data on a satellite image of the capital.

Click to enlarge. IraqSlogger's sources in Baghdad report stable daily electricity availability in nine Baghdad neighborhoods over the week ending November 10. Image shows estimated hours of electricity availability in each surveyed neighborhood.
Google Earth image/IraqSlogger.com.
Click to enlarge. IraqSlogger's sources in Baghdad report stable daily electricity availability in nine Baghdad neighborhoods over the week ending November 10. Image shows estimated hours of electricity availability in each surveyed neighborhood.

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Slogger Sources: Downward Trends in Power Supply Last Week
11/06/2007 1:55 PM ET
IraqSlogger's exclusive Baghdad electricity survey.
Google Earth image/IraqSlogger.com.
IraqSlogger's exclusive Baghdad electricity survey.

The image below presents the results of IraqSlogger's exclusive weekly report on electricity availability to households in nine Baghdad neighborhoods, for the week ending November 3.

In comparison to last week's report, IraqSlogger's sources report that average power supply over the week ending last Saturday dropped by as much as three hours per day in Mansour and al-'Amil, and by two hours per day in Harthiya, Ghazaliya, and Baghdad al-Jadida, with four other districts reporting the same daily supply, on average, as the week before.

Baghdad al-Jadida again marks the low point of the weekly survey, with residents reporting only three hours per day of electricity supply, and the western Baghdad districts of Ghazaliya, Harthiya, Kadhimiya and Mansour topping the list with (only) eight hours per day reported in each.

The disparity between Baghdad's eastern and western halves is again plainly visible in this week's data, with western Baghdad's districts reporting generally more hours of daily supply than the districts east of the Tigris.

Click to enlarge. IraqSlogger's sources in Baghdad report declining electricity availability in many Baghdad neighborhoods over the week ending November 3.
Google Earth image/IraqSlogger.com
Click to enlarge. IraqSlogger's sources in Baghdad report declining electricity availability in many Baghdad neighborhoods over the week ending November 3.

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