Monday, October 12, 2020

Security In Iraq Oct 1-7, 2020


Violence was slightly down in Iraq the first week of October 2020. The Islamic State stepped back from attacks a bit although they were still higher than the previous period from the end of July to the middle of August. Pro-Iran groups also started off with a slew of attacks but then stopped. It’s impossible to say if this week’s events were the sign of a new trend or just a temporary dip. Only the following weeks will tell.

 

There were a total of 19 security incidents reported in Iraq from October 1-7. That was down from 28 the last full week of September, 32 the week before that, 27 the 2nd week of September and the same amount as the first. Attacks picked up at the end of August as it appeared that the Islamic State was launching a Fall offensive and pro-Iran elements were trying to humiliate Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi after he visited President Trump in Washington D.C. It’s too early to tell whether those two campaigns are over or not.

 

Hashd groups linked with Tehran launched 5 attacks during the week. That included an RPG fired at a convoy in Babil, 2 rocket attacks upon Baghdad’s airport and Green Zone with the latter falling short upon the Jadriya neighborhood, and IEDs on convoys carrying supplies to the Americans in Dhi Qar and Diwaniya. All of these happened on just two days October 1 and October 5. After that however, there were no more incidents. Middle East Eye reported that PM Kazemi asked Iran for a 40 day ceasefire over fears that the United States would close its embassy and conduct a number of attacks upon Iraq. That might account for the respite. Again, only time will tell if this is a lasting change or not.

 

That left 14 incidents by the Islamic State. That was the lowest weekly total since 9 the third week of August. IS’s attacks were spread across Anbar (1), Baghdad (1), Ninewa (1), Salahaddin (1), Kirkuk (4), and Diyala (6).

 

A total of 9 people were killed and 12 wounded from October 1-7. That included 4 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 5 civilians that lost their lives and 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 4 ISF and 7 civilians that were injured. This was the second week in a row that the security forces did not make up the majority of casualties which has been the case in most weeks since the spring when IS announced a war of attrition against them.

 

In Anbar there was a rare motorcycle bomb in Fallujah that left 5 wounded. There is very little violence in the province except during IS’s offensives so even while incidents were down a bombing like this pointed that the group was still attempting more elaborate attacks.

 

Besides the two rocket attacks two suicide bombers were arrested in northern Baghdad province. The government claimed that they were going to target pilgrims during the Arbaeen ceremonies another sign of a possible IS campaign this fall.

 

Diyala saw the most incidents in the country as usual. Out of the 6 incidents there was an attack upon a checkpoint and three villages were hit with mortar fire, two in the Khanaqin district in the northeast and one in the Abarra sub-district in the center. The mortar fire was either meant to intimidate locals and drive them out or warn them to pay up the various taxes the Islamic State charges. This is part of the insurgent’s strategy to dominate the rural areas of Diyala to create safe havens and raise funds.

 

There were four incidents in Kirkuk including a home invasion that ended with three family members killed and a gun battle with the police that left four officers dead and three wounded that included mortar fire. Again these were more examples of IS’s rural tactics.

 

There were only one incident each in Ninewa and Salahaddin. In the former there was a shooting in the east that left one person dead while in the later a suicide bomber was killed during a raid in Thar Thar in the southwest. Attacks have consistently gone up and down in these two governorates. Ninewa is usually quiet because it is mostly used for smuggling and logistics by the insurgency.

 

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 – Baghdad’s Rashidiya

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 – Baghdad’s Jabour al-Shaarah

 

July Totals – 12

8/3/20

Rockets – 2 areas of Baghdad’s Meshada Dist

 

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

9/15/20

IED on UK diplomatic convoy – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

9/16/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

9/17/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad also reported as Babil

9/18/20

IED American Inst for English Learning – Najaf

 

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

9/20/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

9/21/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

9/22/20

Mortars – Baghdad’s Green Zone

9/23/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

9/27/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

9/28/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Radwaniya – 5 killed 2 wounded

9/29/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

9/30/20

Rockets – Irbil Airport

 

IED airport road – Baghdad

 

September Totals – 31

10/1/20

Rocket at convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

10/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Jadriya neighborhood

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Oct 1-7

Anbar

1

Babil

1 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

3/

2 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

6

Kirkuk

4

Ninewa

1

Salahaddin

1

TOTAL

19/

5 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Oct 1-7

Anbar

5 (5W)

Diyala

4 (4W)

Kirkuk

11 (8K, 3W)

Ninewa

1 (1K)

TOTAL

21 (9K, 12W)

 

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

21

8

2

3

-

-

6

-

-

Oct

3

-

-

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

5

5

1

-

-

-

3

-

-

Sep

9

5

2

2

-

2

2

3

-

Oct

2

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

5

7

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Oct

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

21

6

9

5

-

2

2

-

-

Jun

5

4

1

2

-

-

1

-

-

Jul

4

5

1

1

1

-

-

-

-

Aug

6

3

3

1

-

-

-

-

-

Sep

6

10

3

1

-

-

-

-

-

Oct

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

           

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

Sep 15-21

32/10

12

14

Sep 22-28

28/7

19

11

Sep 29-30

6/3

1

6

SEP

113/31

53

86

Oct 1-7

19/5

9

12

 

Violence By Province Oct 1-7 2020

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Incident

5 Wounded

1 ISF

4 Civilians

 

1 Motorcycle Bomb

Babil

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 Rocket

Baghdad

3/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 Rockets

2 Suicide Bombers Arrested

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

6 Incidents

4 Wounded

1 Hashd

3 Civilians

 

3 Shootings

3 Mortars

Kirkuk

4 Incidents

8 Killed

4 Civilians

4 ISF

3 Wounded

3 ISF

 

2 Shootings

3 IEDs

1 Mortar

Ninewa

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

1 Shooting

Salahaddin

1 Incident

 

1 Suicide Bomber Killed

 

SOURCES

 

AIN, "Two children were wounded, when 3 mortar shells fell on Al-Islah village, Diyala," 10/5/20

 

Bas News, "Bomb Explosion Rocks Kirkuk," 10/1/20

- "IS Rocket Attack Wounds Three Civilians in Village near Khanaqin," 10/6/20

 

Buratha News, "A source reveals the nature of the Fallujah explosion and confirms that five people were injured," 10/5/20

 

Al Maalomah, "3 civilians were injured in a car bomb explosion in Fallujah," 10/5/20

- "The crowd announces the killing of a suicide bomber and the destruction of a guesthouse and three tunnels between Salahaddin and Mosul," 10/1/20

- "A fighter in the Popular Mobilization Forces was wounded by an ISIS sniper fire in northeastern Diyala," 10/1/20

- "Thwarting a terrorist attack in northeast Diyala," 10/2/20

 

NINA, "An agricultural village in Jalawla was subjected to a mortar attack," 10/5/20

- "A civilian was killed when an explosive device exploded northwest of Kirkuk," 10/2/20

- "The Green Zone And The Vicinity Of Baghdad Airport Hit By Katyusha Rockets," 10/5/20

- "An ISIS Attack On A Security Point In Diyala Thwarted," 10/4/20

- "A Mortar Attack On A Village In Diyala," 10/7/20

- "A security source: The body of a civilian was found with bullet wounds, east of Mosul," 10/5/20

- "Unknown Gunmen Storm A House East Of Kirkuk And Killed A Family Of Three," 10/1/20

 

NRT, "Four Federal Police Killed, Three Wounded In Hawija Attack," 10/6/20

 

Al-Salhy, Suadad, “’War is imminent’: Iraq’s Kadhimi moves to fend off US threat to target pro-Iran groups,” Middle East Eye, 10/8/20

 

Shafaaq News, "A second attack within hours … ISIS rains an Iraqi village with mortar shells," 10/5/20

 

Sotaliraq, "Al-Kazemi spokesman announces the foiling of an attempt to target the Arbaeen visitors in Baghdad," 10/3/20

 

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