Overall hostile activity in Iraq declined significantly this week, likely due to the onset of Ramadan and the continuance of an elevated security posture across the country in the post-election period. One SVIED attack did occur in Tarmiyah, detonated against a funeral gathering. Nine people were killed and 26 others were wounded. IS later claimed responsibility for the attack. IS went on to state that the funeral was for an IA Colonel, who they had killed two days earlier. This represents a sizable casualty count for the province, against a high-priority target, indicative of IS’s continued strength north of the capital. Read more in our Iraq weekly report.