Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Security In Iraq Aug 15-21, 2020

For the fourth week security incidents by the Islamic State were in single digits in Iraq. With no major security operations by the government going on the insurgents must be taking this time to focus upon rebuilding rather than combat. Pro-Iran groups continued their steady pace of operations against upon U.S. targets to coincide with Prime Minister Kazemi’s visit to Washington D.C.

 

There were a total of 14 incidents reported in the media from August 15-21. 5 of those were by pro-Iran groups. They fired rockets upon Camp Taji, the Green Zone and the  Baghdad International Airport. There were also two IEDs upon convoys carrying supplies to the Americans, one in Dhi Qar and the other in south Baghdad. One driver was killed in the capital as a result. Attacks picked up in June as the U.S. and Iraq entered talks for a new security agreement. August has had the most of any month so far with 17 to show defiance towards the premier meeting President Trump.

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups May-August 2020

Date

Incident - Location

5/6/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

5/19/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

May Total - 2

6/8/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

6/10/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

6/13/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

6/14/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

6/15/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

Rockets found - Rashidiya, Baghdad

6/18/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

6/22/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s International Airport

 

June Total - 8

7/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

Rockets found – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

7/10/20

Rockets found – Aimed at Baghdad’s Green Zone

7/11/20

Burned trucks carrying supplies to US - Muthanna

7/19/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

7/22/20

IEDs trucks carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

7/23/10

Drone and bomb found – Jadriya, Baghdad

7/24/10

Rockets – Baghdad’s Besmaya Base

7/27/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

 

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Camp Speicher

7/30/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s International Airport

7/31/20

Rockets found – Jabour al-Shaarah, Baghdad

 

July Totals – 12

8/3/20

Rockets – 2 areas of Meshada Dist, Baghdad

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

8/4/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

8/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

8/9/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

8/10/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Basra

8/11/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

 

Rockets – Landed in Tigris River, Baghdad

8/14/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base

8/14/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

8/15/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

8/16/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

8/18/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

8/21/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

August Totals - 17

 

That left only 9 incidents by the Islamic State during the week. There was 1 incident in Anbar, 1 in Babil, 1 in Diyala, and 2 each in Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin.

 

13 died and 20 were wounded as a result. That was made up of 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 5 civilians and 7 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) that lost their lives and 6 civilians and 14 ISF that were injured. 21 of the 33 casualties were from the security forces which has been the pattern since Spring as IS has launched a war of attrition against the government’s forces to gain military superiority over the areas it operates in.

 

There was a shooting in the Garma district of eastern Anbar that killed a civilian. As usual, incidents were rare in the province since its mostly used as a logistics and smuggling hub for the Islamic State.

 

An IED killed a Hashd in the Jurf al-Sakhr district of northeast Babil. Previously IS was branching out to Hilla in the northern part of the governorate. Now it’s back to Jurf al-Sakhr which is a large Kataib Hezbollah base.

 

Diyala was quiet again the surest sign that the militants are holding back from operations currently. There was only one incident when an IED went off in the Muqdadiya district in the center leaving 4 soldiers wounded. Diyala is the core area of IS in Iraq and usually has the most incidents as a result. In August however there was only one incident the first week, 5 the next and then back down to one the third. In comparison there was an average of 6 incidents per week in July. The government did launch an operation in Muqdadiya, the second of the month. It’s not apparent that these are leading to the reduction in violence in Diyala however.

 

Two IEDs exploded in Kirkuk leaving two civilians dead and five wounded. Both occurred in the south where IS is most active. The group was never expelled from there during the war and now has de facto control over much of the area.

 

An old IED went off south of Mosul in the Shura sub-district wounding one civilian. Three more IEDs were discovered and dismantled in the same area. There were two security operations as well, one south of Mosul and one in the desert area in southwest Ninewa. Like Anbar, Ninewa is mostly used to move in men from Syria and carrying out smuggling to fund IS.

 

The two biggest incidents during the week happened in Salahaddin. First, there was a major attack upon the ISF in the Dujail district in the south. At first, it was reported as simply an IED, but then later the media said that gunfire was involved and lasted throughout the night. A total of 6 were killed, 5 from the ISF and another 8 ISF wounded. Next an IED went off in the Makhoul Mountains during a security operation that killed the provincial commander of the Counter Terror service along with another officer. Two more were wounded as well. In the last two months IS has been targeting senior officers of the Iraqi forces. For instance, last month a Hashd brigade commander was killed in the province.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Anbar

-

1

1

Babil

-

-

1

Baghdad

4 Pro-Iran

5/

4 Pro-Iran

4 Pro-Iran

Basra

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Diyala

1

5

1

Kirkuk

1

2

2

Ninewa

1

1

2

Salahaddin

2

2/

1 Pro-Iran

2

TOTAL

10/5

19/8

14/5

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Anbar

-

1 (1K)

1 (1K)

Babil

-

-

1 (1K)

Baghdad

-

1 (1K)

1 (1K)

Diyala

6 (2K, 4W)

17 (3K, 14W)

4 (4 W)

Kirkuk

-

9 (2K, 7W)

7 (2K, 5W)

Ninewa

-

1 (1W)

1 (1W)

Salahaddin

11 (5K, 6W)

-

18 (8K, 10W)

TOTAL

17 (7K, 10W)

29 (7K, 22W)

33 (13K, 20W)

 

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

38

18

8

9

1

5

17

-

-

Jun

13

1

-

2

-

1

2

-

-

Jul

10

10

1

2

-

-

2

-

-

Aug

5

2

1

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

15

10

1

7

1

4

10

-

-

Jun

5

2

1

1

-

1

1

-

-

Aug

2

4

-

-

-

-

2

-

-

 

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

5

9

-

2

-

-

2

-

-

Jun

-

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jul

-

1

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Aug

-

6

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

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

21

6

9

5

-

2

2

-

-

Jun

5

4

1

2

-

-

1

-

-

Jul

4

5

1

1

1

-

-

-

-

Aug

4

2

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

           

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

May 8-14

49

21

47

May 15-21

66/1

45

64

May 22-28

30

9

21

May 29-31

7

3

12

MAY

196/2

125

180

Jun 1-7

17

13

19

Jun 8-14

16/4

10

15

Jun 15-21

16/3

11

19

Jun 22-28

10/1

8

13

Jun 29-30

1

4

2

JUN

60/8

46

68

Jul 1-7

12/2

3

9

Jul 8-14

16/2

15

15

Jul 15-21

19/1

17

28

Jul 22-28

13/5

9

8

Jul 29-31

13/2

3

7

JUL

73/12

47

67

Aug 1-7

10/4

7

10

Aug 8-14

19/8

7

22

Aug 15-21

14/5

13

20

 

Violence By Province Aug 15-21, 2020

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

1 Shooting

Babil

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Hashd

 

1 IED

Baghdad

4 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

1 IED

3 Rockets

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

1 Incident

4 Wounded

4 ISF

 

1 IED

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

5 Wounded

5 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

Ninewa

2 Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

4 IEDs

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

8 Killed

1 Civilian

7 ISF

10 Wounded

10 ISF

 

1 Shooting

2 IEDs

 

SOURCES

 

AIN, "The popular crowd carries out a security operation to secure the villages south of Mosul," 8/18/20

 

Al Maalomah, "A bomb targeting the International Coalition supplies convoy on the Basra and Dhi Qar road," 8/15/20

- "Deputy: ISIS exploits the gaps and the Dujail attack is the fifth of its kind in 2020," 8/20/20

- "A Popular Mobilization fighter was killed when an explosive device exploded north Babil," 8/19/20

 

Al Masalah, "The Green Zone is targeted by Katyusha missiles," 8/16/20

 

NINA, "A citizen injured south of Mosul," 8/20/20

- "An IED Explodes, Wounds 4 Soldiers, Northeast Of Baquba, Diyala Governorate," 8/21/20

- "Four civilians were killed and wounded in two explosions, west of Kirkuk," 8/16/20

- "An officer and a fighter of the Anti-Terrorism Service killed in an explosive device in the Makhoul Mountains," 8/21/20

- "A Preemptive Operation In The Desert Southwest Of Nineveh Governorate," 8/21/20

- "Three explosive devices detonated south of Mosul," 8/15/20

 

NRT, "Katyusha Rocket Falls Near Baghdad International Airport," 8/18/20

 

Reuters, "Rockets fall inside Iraq's Taji camp," 8/15/20

 

Al Sumaria, "13 civilians and police were killed and wounded in an explosive device explosion in Dujail," 8/20/20

- "A person was killed in an armed attack in Garma," 8/16/20

 

Xinhua, "Iraqi senior officer killed in bomb explosion in northern Baghdad," 8/21/20

- "Roadside bomb hits U.S.-led coalition trucks near Iraq's Baghdad," 8/21/20

 

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