Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Security In Iraq, May 1-7, 2020

(Shafaaq News)

The first week of May saw another jump in violence in Iraq. April had 111 security incidents reported with 109 likely by the Islamic State. That was the most since December 2019. The start of May had 44 incidents, 1 by a pro-Iran group. That was the highest count of any week this year. That number hadn’t been seen since the fourth week of May 2019. This is significant because it’s the only time insurgent attacks have carried over into a second month since January and February 2019.

As usual, Diyala saw the most incidents with 15, followed by 9 in Kirkuk, 6 each in Ninewa and Salahaddin, 4 in Anbar, 2 in Baghdad, and 1 in Babil. Irbil was struck again as well, which has been a new target since the start of the year.

There was a total of 83 casualties, the most since the third week of May in 2019. 2 civilians, 19 Hashd al-Shaabi and 26 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed and 7 civilians, 9 Hashd and 20 ISF were wounded. Like April more members of the security forces died and were injured than civilians, which marked a new trend of IS going after military targets. Diyala alone had more than half of the casualties with 47.

Anbar remains more a transit point between Iraq and Syria rather than a front in the insurgency. There were four incidents there during the week, but three of those either came from a security sweep or a car bomb being discovered. The fourth was an infiltration attempt in Nukhaib in the south that was discovered and turned back by the security forces. IS appears to be using Anbar was a way to move in men and material from neighboring Syria for the last several months to rebuild its forces in Iraq rather than a combat area.

A group of IS fighters infiltrated into the Jurf al-Sakhr of northeast Babil and wounded a Hashd. That’s what the insurgents have been doing for the last two years plus because the district is a Hashd base and offers plenty of targets of opportunity.

There were two incidents in Baghdad. One was a pro-Iran group firing rockets at Baghdad International Airport. The other was a sticky bomb in Yusifiya in the south that wounded a member of the ISF. Since the start of last year IS was steadily making a return to the capital city. Last month however it gave up on that effort to solidify its control of central and northern Iraq. That continued into May.

Diyala is the main base for the Islamic State. It has access to all the rural areas of the governorate. It had the most incidents and the most casualties once again. That included an attack upon a police station in Abbara in the center, an assault upon a village in the Jalawla district in the northeast, a field set on fire in the Baquba district in the southwest, and three checkpoints attacked. Of the 47 casualties, 41 were from the ISF and Hashd highlighting the security forces being targeted. There are constant security sweeps in Diyala by the government. These are large operations which are easily detected beforehand allowing the militants to move out of the way and return once they are done. That has allowed IS to rebuild and expand there with little real resistance from the authorities.

Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin remain secondary fronts where attacks often go up and down. In Kirkuk there were 9 incidents. Four electricity towards were blown up in two separate attacks, along with four checkpoints being hit. All of these occurred in the south where IS was never evicted from. All 9 of the casualties were members of the security forces. There were 6 incidents in Ninewa which witnessed 3 more power towers being taken down and two police killed at a checkpoint. 7 of the 10 casualties were police and soldiers. Finally, Salahaddin saw 6 attacks and all 15 casualties were from the Hashd. There were four gun battles with the security forces. The deadliest event took place in Mekeeshfa in the Samarra district when a Hashd unit was attacked and then an IED hit the reinforcements responding to the event. IS has picked up its operations in these three provinces in their recent surge. Again they have mainly gone after the security forces to ensure their control of rural areas. Southern Kirkuk, western and southern Ninewa, and eastern Salahaddin all contain militant bases. They have not always been used however as IS is still focusing upon rebuilding its cadre.

Last, Irbil was hit again in May. a field was burned in Qaraj. Since the start of 2020 IS has been hitting Irbil at least once a month probably feeling out Kurdish security and testing new areas. The return of attacks upon farms is meant to drive people out of rural areas as well as force people to pay taxes to the group.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
May 1-7
Anbar
4
Babil
1
Baghdad
2/1 Pro-Iran
Diyala
15
Irbil
1
Kirkuk
9
Ninewa
6
Salahaddin
6
TOTAL
44/1 Pro-Iran

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
May 1-7
Anbar
-
Babil
1 (1W)
Diyala
47 (22K, 25W)
Irbil
-
Kirkuk
9 (8K, 1W)
Ninewa
10 (6K, 4W)
Salahaddin
15 (11K, 4W)
TOTAL
83 (47K, 36W)

Islamic State Activity in Iraq 2018-20
Diyala
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
219
198
47
43
5
13
25
3
1
2019
Totals
185
112
33
63
2
6
29
2
-
Jan 2020
13
6
-
2
-
1
-
-
-
Feb
16
5
2
8
-
1
-
-
-
Mar
15
10
4
2
-
-
-
-
-
Apr
20
17
4
2
-
-
-
-
-
May
10
5
3
2
-
-
1
-
-

Kirkuk
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
172
182
39
18
10
14
29
9
6
2019
Totals
77
116
24
19
6
8
18
-
1
Jan 2020
10
1
2
2
-
1
-
-
-
Feb
5
-
2
1
-
2
1
-
-
Mar
1
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
Apr
17
7
6
3
-
2
1
1
-
May
5
6
-
4
-
-
-
-
-

Ninewa
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
139
74
43
7
5
6
6
2
3
2019
Totals
63
49
14
3
9
6
17
-
3
Jan 2020
7
5
2
1
-
1
-
-
-
Feb
5
5
-
-
1
-
-
-
1
Mar
2
5
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr
8
8
1
4
-
1
1
-
-
May
3
5
-
1
-
-
-
-
-

Salahaddin
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
2018
Totals
110
102
41
18
1
16
4
9
5
2019
Totals
60
54
32
5
2
6
8
2
6
Jan 2020
4
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
-
Feb
5
-
1
-
-
1
-
-
-
Mar
5
2
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr
4
3
3
-
-
1
-
-
-
May
6
1
5
-
-
-
-
-
-

Security In Iraq 2019-20
Week
Security
Incidents
(Total/By IS)
Dead
(Total/By IS)
Wounded
(Total/By IS)
Jan 1-7
32
17/10
24
Jan 8-14
32
94/31
53
Jan 15-21
22
17/11
16/14
Jan 22-28
27
36/17
31
Jan 29-31
12
7
6
JAN 2019
114
139
130/128
Feb 1-7
29/1
76/16
30
Feb 8-14
24
26
18
Feb 15-21
40
112/37
12
Feb 22-28
25
36
70
FEB
118/1
250/115
130
Mar 1-7
13
22
45
Mar 8-14
19
75/10
37
Mar 15-21
12
66/37
21/11
Mar 22-28
13
8/5
1
Mar 29-31
6
8
7
MAR
61
147
101
Apr 1-7
20
22
13
Apr 8-14
41
28
42
Apr 15-21
17
9/8
26
Apr 22-28
19
45
15
Apr 29-30
2
1
4
APR
99
105
100
May 1-7
20
15
18
May 8-14
24
31
41
May 15-21
37/1
62/25
39
May 22-28
43
39
54
May 29-31
13
16
48
MAY
137/1
163/125
200
Jun 1-7
26
19
44
Jun 8-14
25/1
29
15
Jun 15-21
21/2
6
13/10
Jun 22-28
18
17
41
Jun 29-30
9
3
9
JUN
99/3
74
122/119
Jul 1-7
20
11
39
Jul 8-14
14
31
10
Jul 15-21
17
14
37
Jul 22-28
23
14
20
Jul 29-31
8
13
13
JUL
82
83
119
Aug 1-7
27
14
31
Aug 8-14
18
13
13
Aug 15-21
20
33
15
Aug 22-28
27
24
72
Aug 29-31
11
19
10
AUG
104
103
141
Sep 1-7
39
39
38
Sep 8-14
30
35
43
Sep 15-21
23
27
26
Sep 22-28
24/1
15
20
Sep 29-30
7
6
4
SEP
123/1
122
131
Oct 1-7
3
1
2
Oct 8-14
14
25
17
Oct 15-21
19
29
13
Oct 22-28
22/1
33
10
Oct 29-31
12/1
4
11
Oct
70/2
92
53
Nov 1-7
6/1
4
1
Nov 8-14
9/1
2
25
Nov 15-21
15/1
11
2
Nov 22-28
17/1
24
33
Nov 29-30
8/1
6
37
Nov
55/5
47
98
Dec 1-7
36/3
33
44
Dec 8-14
19/3
19
19
Dec 15-21
26
44
25
Dec 22-28
30/1
30
38
Dec 29-31
9
8
7
Dec
120/7
134
133
Jan 1-7
25/7
16
84
Jan 8-14
24/3
12
34
Jan 15-21
23/2
11
12
Jan 22-28
11/1
10
8
Jan 29-31
8/1
4
1
Jan 2020
91/12
53
139
Feb 1-7
22
13
11
Feb 8-14
18/1
5
38
Feb 15-21
16/2
42
18
Feb 22-28
25
15
34
Feb 29
4
5
2
Feb
85/3
80
103
Mar 1-7
17/3
11
17
Mar 8-14
15/2
13
33
Mar 15-21
14/2
5
19
Mar 22-28
14/1
13
11
Mar 29-31
9
5
10
Mar
69/8
47
90
Ap 1-7
27/1
27
37
Apr 8-14
24
25
51
Apr 15-21
33/1
19
34
Apr 22-28
22
8
40
Apr 29-30
5
2
4
Apr
111/2
81
165
May 1-7
44/1
47
36

Violence By Province May 1-7 2020
Province
Violence
Anbar
4 Incidents

1 Shooting
4 Suicide Bombers Killed
1 Car Bomb Dismantled
Babil
1 Incident
1 Wounded
1 Hashd

1 Shooting
Baghdad
2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents
1 Wounded
1 ISF

1 Sticky Bomb
1 Rockets
Diyala
15 Incidents
22 Killed
1 Civilian
4 Hashd
17 ISF
25 Wounded
4 Hashd
5 Civilians
16 ISG

10 Shootings
5 IEDs
1 Rockets
Irbil
1 Incident
Kirkuk
9 Incidents
8 Killed
4 Hashd
4 Civilians
1 Wounded
1 ISF

5 Shootings
6 IEDs
1 Grenade
Ninewa
6 Incidents
6 Killed
1 Civilian
5 ISF
4 Wounded
2 Civilians
2 ISF

3 Shootings
5 IEDs
Salahaddin
6 Incidents
11 Killed
11 Hashd
4 Wounded
4 Hashd

6 Shootings
1 IED

SOURCES

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Ali, Mohammed, "ISIS burns agricultural crops of Kurdish farmers in the Qaraj plain," Rudaw, 5/5/20

Asharq Al-Awsat, "ISIS Kills 10 PMF Fighters in Coordinated Attack in Iraq," 5/2/20

Baghdad Post, "Targeting a Turkmen politician's house with a hand grenade in Kirkuk," 5/6/20

Bas News, "Diyala: Two Policemen Injured in IS Attack," 5/1/20
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Dri, Karwan Faidhi, "Multiple casualties in ISIS attack on Iraqi PMF forces in Samarra," 5/2/20

Iraq Newspaper, "The battle continues, ISIS terrorist attacks the popular crowd in Diyala, while admitting to it on American Twitter," 5/3/20

Kittleson, Shelly, "Islamic State ramps up attacks in Iraq during Ramadan," Al Monitor, 5/4/20

Al Maalomah, "The popular crowd thwarts a new exposure by ISIS, east of Salahaddin," 5/2/20
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- "A soldier was martyred by ISIS sniper fire, northeast Diyala," 5/3/20
- "Soldiers were martyred and wounded in an explosion of 4 explosive devices in Al-Azim district, Diyala," 5/2/20
- "Thwarting an attempt to detonate a car bomb in western Anbar ambush," 5/1/20

NINA, "2 Employees Of Ministry Of Electricity Wounded While Heading To Work," 5/7/20
- "3 Soldiers Killed And Wounded In A Roadside Bomb In Southern Mosul," 5/7/20
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- "ISIS Kills 2 Soldiers, Southeast Mosul," 5/5/20
- "ISIS set fire to wheat fields in northern Baquba," 5/5/20
- "ISIS targets the thermal camera of the tribal crowd west of Kirkuk," 5/4/20
- "An Officer And 2 Security Policemen Injured In An IED Explosion, Northeast Of Baquba,' 5/4/20
- "One of the electricity towers in Kirkuk was subjected to sabotage," 5/7/20
- "The PMF Repels A New ISIS Attack East Of Salah al-Din," 5/3/20
- "A policeman killed by a sniper from ISIS in Diyala," 5/7/20
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- "Two soldiers were killed by ISIS elements in western Kirkuk," 5/5/20
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Rudaw, "A new attack by ISIS militants on the popular crowd in Jurf al-Nasr," 5/3/20

Shafaaq News, "Details of ISIS attack on Um Karami in Diyala," 5/3/20
- "ISIS attack leaves 5 victims among the Iraqi forces in Diyala," 5/4/20
- "Two Iraqi soldiers were killed by a sniper in Kirkuk," 5/4/20
- "Two ISIS attacks leave 5 victims of security personnel in Diyala," 5/2/20

Sherwani, Halgurd, "Iraq's central provinces witness another series of ISIS attacks," Kurdistan 24, 5/5/20
- "ISIS targets security forces in central Iraq for the second day in a row," Kurdistan 24, 5/3/20

Sotaliraq, "Two ISIS suicide bombers were killed after being trapped inside a western Anbar mosque," 5/5/20

Al Sumaria, "An ISIS armed attack in Shirqat was thwarted," 5/4/20
- "A security element was wounded by an explosive device, south of Baghdad,' 5/6/20
- "Three terrorists were killed who tried to attack a security point in Hawija," 5/4/20

Xinhua, "11 paramilitary tribal fighter killed in IS attack in Iraq," 5/2/20
- "Iraqi forces kill 2 suicide bombers in western Iraq," 5/7/20

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