This week in Iraq, even though incidents increased this period, overall levels increased negligibly, remaining at the lower end of established parameters. Hostile activity fell in the capitol, with insurgent activity centred in the ‘Baghdad Belt’ areas. Ninawa continued to be the focal point for violence in the North, with attacks taking place largely in rural areas like Hatra and Tal Safouk. Media reporting was dominated by the transfer of security responsibilities in Mosul. In Anbar, militant activity was clustered along the Euphrates. Notably, an SVIED attack targeted an ISF checkpoint in Ramadi. The North Central region saw a marked increase in incidents. A high frequency of attacks were recorded in Tamim, particularly in Hawija district, as well as in north-eastern Diyala. A security operation against the ‘White Banners’ was carried out in the Tuz Khurmatu area. Read more in our Iraq Weekly report.