Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Security In Iraq Sep 8-14, 2020


Attacks in Iraq were slightly up the second week of September. Once again, the types of incidents like a car bomb and two suicide bombers showed that the Islamic State may be starting a fall campaign. Pro-Iran groups also kept up their steady pace of operations against Western targets.

 

There were a total of 27 security incidents in Iraq reported in the media from September 8-14. 6 of those were by pro-Iran groups. That included 2 IEDs on convoys carrying supplies to the U.S. in Babil, one of which left 1 member of the security forces (ISF) dead and 3 civilian casualties. There were similar attacks in Diwaniya, Salahaddin that wounded 1 civilian, and Baghdad that wounded 2 including one ISF, plus a rocket attack upon Baghdad’s International Airport. The first week of the month saw 3 more casualties caused by these types of attacks, and in August there was one death. This was a decided increase in the cost of these operations but there was no public outcry about it. Prime Minister Mustafa Kazemi did promise an investigation but that was into the rockets landing on Baghdad’s airport.  Sotaliraq quoted a military source that said Hashd units were behind these incidents, which is common knowledge.

 

That left 21 incidents by the Islamic State. That was up from 15 the week before. The incidents were spread across Anbar (1), Irbil (1), Salahaddin (3), Kirkuk (4), Ninewa (4), and Diyala (8).

 

They led to 8 dead and 29 wounded. 3 members of the ISF and 5 civilians were killed and another 3 Hashd al-Shaabi, 7 ISF, and 19 civilians were injured. Unlike previous weeks civilians accounted for most of the casualties. IS has been singling out the security forces in a war of attrition since the spring so this was a rare week when they didn’t make up most of the fatalities and wounded.

 

The Hashd claimed they stopped a car bomb in Anbar. Three Hashd were wounded as a result. The week before there was a car bomb in the province as well. There are very few incidents in Anbar as it’s used as a logistics and smuggling hub by the insurgents. Two car bombs in two weeks is a sure sign that IS might be starting a new campaign. Before September the last vehicle bomb incidents took place in May, again in Anbar, during the Spring offensive.

 

Diyala saw the most incidents as usual with 8. Most of those were regular shootings and IEDs, but there was also an assassination attempt upon a police general using a sticky bomb. This as part of the war of attrition IS has launched which has gone after officers in the security forces. The first week of September for instance, a Hashd brigade commander was killed in the province.

 

An IED went off in the Makhmour district of southern Irbil. This area is part of the disputed territories. It is only hit when the insurgents pick up their attacks. There was one more incident there in August, but before that it hadn’t been hit since June.

 

Kirkuk saw 4 incidents during the week. That included 2 suicide bombers being surrounded by the police and then detonating their devices. Like the car bomb in Anbar this was another sign of an IS offensive starting. There was a suicide bomber the week before also in Kirkuk. The dean of a college also escaped an assassination attempt.

 

Ninewa saw four IEDs in the south and an infiltration attempt in the west along the Syrian border. Like Anbar, there are rarely incidents in the governorate accept during IS campaigns.

 

There were three other incidents in Salahaddin beside the IED by a pro-Iran Hashd unit. There was an assassination attempt on the mayor of Samarra, a gun battle, and a checkpoint was fired upon.

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups 2020

Date

Incident - Location

1/4/20

Mortar – Baghdad’s Jadriya – 5 wounded

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

Mortar – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 3 wounded

1/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/8/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/12/20

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 6 wounded

1/14/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

1/20/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/21/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/26/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone – 3 wounded

1/31/20

Rockets – Kirkuk’s Qayara Base

 

January Totals - 11

2/15/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

2/21/20

Rockets – Irbil’s Makhmour Base

 

February Totals - 2

3/1/20

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Sadiq Base

3/2/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

3/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

3/11/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji – 3 killed (2 US, 1 UK), 12 wounded

3/14/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji – 7 wounded (3 US)

3/16/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Besmaya Base

3/17/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

3/26/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

March Totals - 8

4/18/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Nahrawan Chinese company

4/6/20

Rockets – Basra’s Burjisiya US company

 

April Totals – 2

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 – 1 wounded

 

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

 

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 – 1 killed

8/22/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

8/23/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

8/28/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

8/29/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

8/30/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

August Totals – 24

9/2/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil – 1 wounded

9/3/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

Rockets UK security company – Baghdad

9/6/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad – 2 wounded

 

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

9/8/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil – 1 killed, 2 wounded

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad – 2 wounded

9/10/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

9/12/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

9/14/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

September Totals - 11

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Sep 1-7

Sep 8-14

Anbar

2

1

Babil

1 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

3/

2 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

-

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

5

8

Irbil

-

1

Kirkuk

4

4

Ninewa

2

4

Salahaddin

1

2/

1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

19/

4 Pro-Iran

27/

6 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Sep 1-7

Sep 8-14

Anbar

8 (2K, 6W)

3 (3W)

Babil

1 (1W)

3 (1K, 2W)

Baghdad

2 (2W)

2 (2W)

Diyala

11 (5K, 6W)

7 (3K, 4W)

Irbil

-

3 (3W)

Kirkuk

8 (2K, 6W)

11 (1K, 10W)

Ninewa

4 (2K, 2W)

7 (3K, 4W)

Salahaddin

5 (2K, 3W)

1 (1W)

TOTAL

39 (13K, 26W)

 

 

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

16

5

2

7

-

3

3

-

-

Sep

10

3

2

1

-

-

2

-

-

 

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

5

5

1

-

-

-

3

-

-

Sep

3

2

1

1

-

-

-

3

1

 

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

-

12

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sep

2

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

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

6

3

3

1

-

-

-

-

-

Sep

3

2

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

           

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

Aug 22-28

32/3

23

41

Aug 29-31

13/3

4

12

AUG

88/24

54

105

Sep 1-7

19/4

13

26

Sep 8-14

27/6

8

29

 

Violence By Province Sep 8-14 2020

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Incident

3 Wounded

3 Hashd

 

1 Car Bomb Destroyed

Babil

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

Baghdad

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Wounded

1 Civilian

1 ISF

 

1 IED

1 Rockets

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

8 Incidents

3 Killed

1 Civilian

2 ISF

4 Wounded

1 ISF

3 Civilians

Irbil

1 Incident

3 Wounded

3 Civilians

 

1 IED

Kirkuk

4 Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

10 Wounded

5 Civilians

5 ISF

 

2 Shootings

1 Sticky Bomb

2 Suicide Bombers

Ninewa

4 Incidents

3 Killed

3 Civilians

4 Wounded

4 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

4 IEDs

Salahaddin

4/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

3 Shootings

1 IED

 

SOURCES

 

Baghdad Post, "The assassination of a security member by unknown gunmen in Baqubah," 9/10/20

- "Security Media: Thwarting an attempt by ISIS to bring weapons, medicine and women into Iraq," 9/12/20

 

Bas News, "College Dean Survives Bomb Attack in Kirkuk," 9/14/20

- "IS Militants Attack Iraqi Forces in Kirkuk, Injure Three Policemen," 9/9/20

- "Mosul: Two Bomb Blasts Target Civilian Vehicles," 9/12/20

- "One Killed in Attack on Kirkuk Oilfield Guards," 9/14/20

- "Roadside Bomb Injures Civilians in Makhmour," 9/13/20

 

Al Hurra, "Iraqi local official survived an assassination attempt," 9/8/20

- "Security operations in four Iraqi provinces to "dry up" the sources of terrorism," 9/10/20

 

Al Maalomah, "The Popular Mobilization Forces and security forces carry out a raid and search operation west of Tuz Khurmatu," 9/10/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces fend off an attack by ISIS south of Samarra," 9/12/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces launch a security operation on the Iraqi-Syrian border," 9/10/20

- "Security forces storm the desert areas between Ninewa and Salahaddin in search of wanted persons," 9/11/20

 

Middle East Monitor, “Iraq: Rockets target Baghdad airport for second time in a week,” 9/8/20

 

NINA, "2 Civilians Killed By IED South Of Mosul," 9/13/20

- "7 Dens For ISIS Destroyed, IEDs Seized In A Joint Operation In Kirkuk," 9/10/20

- "A Brigadier General In Diyala Police Escaped An Assassination Attempt When A Sticky Bomb Exploded In His Car," 9/10/20

- "A Civilian Injured By An IED, Northeast Of Baquba, Diyala," 9/9/20

- "Four people, from the same family, were wounded by an explosive device in southeast Mosul," 9/13/20

- "In the south of the country, two explosive devices were exploded at the International Coalition convoys," 9/14/20

- "The PMF Foils An Infiltration Attempt By ISIS Elements In Diyala," 9/12/20

- "The Popular Mobilization imposes a security cordon in the west of Khanaqin district and clear 21 km," 9/9/20

- "The Popular Mobilization launches the Operation "Al-Fateh Al-Mubin" to end terrorist cells west of Anbar," 9/13/20

- "A Soldier Killed By An ISIS Sniper, North Of Baqubah," 9/12/20

- "A soldier was injured in an explosive device explosion south of Baquba," 9/9/20

- "Two suicide bombers blow themselves up after being besieged in Kirkuk," 9/8/20

- "Unidentified Gunmen Assassinate A Civilian In Baladruz District In Diyala Governorate," 9/13/20

 

NRT, "Rocket Hits Perimeter Of Baghdad International Airport, No Casualties," 9/10/20

- "Two Federal Police Injured In Kirkuk Explosion," 9/8/20

 

Shafaaq News, "4 civilians were killed and wounded in separate incidents in Diyala," 9/8/20

- "Thwarting a bloody attack against the security forces in Anbar," 9/12/20

 

Sotaliraq, "ISIS attack the crowd south of Samarra," 9/14/20

- “Military source: The elements and leaders of the Katyusha cells have been identified … they belong to the PMF,” 9/8/20

 

Al Sumaria, "The crowd announces the repulsion of an attack by ISIS north of Khanaqin," 9/6/20

 

Xinhua, "Iraqi driver wounded in bomb attack targeting U.S.-led coalition convoy in Iraq," 9/13/20

- "Security member killed in bomb attacks on U.S.-coalition trucks in Iraq," 9/9/20

 

 

 

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