Monday, August 10, 2020

Security In Iraq Aug 1-7, 2020

Violence remained very low for the ninth straight week in Iraq. This regularly happens. The Islamic State launches one or two offensives a year and then attacks dramatically drop off afterward. This is currently the lull after a Spring campaign by the insurgents. At the same time the militants are in a war of attrition against the security forces in the rural areas they operate in. Pro-Iran groups are also keeping up a steady rate of attacks upon U.S. targets in the country.

 

There were ten total incidents reported in the media in Iraq during the first week of August. Half of those were by pro-Iran groups that fired rockets at the Green Zone, Camp Taji and also accidentally on two neighborhoods all in Baghdad, plus there was another IED attack upon a convoy carrying supplies to U.S. forces this time in Dhi Qar. That left just 5 incidents by the Islamic State, probably the lowest figure for any week since 2003.

 

Incidents were spread across Dhi Qar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa with 1 each, 2 in Salahaddin, and 4 in Baghdad.

 

7 people died and 10 were wounded. There were all from the security forces. This is part of the on-going war of attrition by the insurgency against the government’s forces. Before civilians were always the main victims, but since the fall it has been the police, army and Hashd al-Shaabi that have been suffering the most losses. IS is attempting to assert its dominance over the rural areas it operates in. There were 6 casualties in Diyala and 11 in Salahaddin.

 

For the second week in a row there was only one incident in Diyala. That came when an army base was hit by mortar fire and then assaulted that left 2 soldiers dead and 4 wounded. That was the boldest attack this year in the province. It’s still surprising that incidents have been low recently since Diyala is the center of IS in Iraq. Usually it has the most attacks of any governorate.

 

There was also only one incident in Kirkuk. That was a sticky bomb which was found and dismantled in Kirkuk city.

 

The same thing could be said for Ninewa. An IED went off in the Sinjar district in the west. That was likely an old device that might have went off with the when displaced returned to the area. There was also a security sweep through the province.

 

Finally, there were two incidents in Salahaddin. First there was a gun battle in the Samarra district with an police unit that left 2 officers dead and 4 injured. There was also an attack in Metebija in the east that resulted in the death of 3 soldiers and 2 others wounded. Government forces also went through east Samarra during the week.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Baghdad

4 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

1

Kirkuk

1

Ninewa

1

Salahaddin

2

TOTAL

10/5

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jul 1-7

Diyala

6 (2K, 4W)

Salahaddin

11 (5K, 6W)

TOTAL

17 (7K, 10W)

 

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

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

-

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

-

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

2

-

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

 

Violence By Province Aug 1-7, 2020

Province

Violence

Baghdad

4 Pro-Iran

 

4 Rockets

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

 

1 IED

Diyala

1 Incident

2 Killed

2 ISF

4 Wounded

4 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 Mortar

Kirkuk

1 Incident

 

1 Sticky bomb

Ninewa

1 Incident

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

5 Killed

5 ISF

6 Wounded

6 ISF

 

2 Shootings

 

SOURCES

 

Baghdad Post, "An explosion rocks the center of Sinjar district, a stronghold of the Yazidi Kurds, without casualties," 8/3/20

- "Killing and wounding 6 members of the federal police following an ISIS attack north of Samarra," 8/1/20

 

Al Maalomah, "The army forces thwart an attack by ISIS on a security station, near Khanaqin, Diyala," 8/6/20

 

NINA, "2 Katyusha Rockets Hit Al-Mashahada Area, North Of Baghdad," 8/3/20

-"3 Soldiers martyred In A Terrorist Attack In Matabija Area Of Samarra," 8/5/20

- "Joint Security Operation Launched To Track ISIS Cells Southwest Of Nineveh," 8/6/20

NI-"The PMF Carries Out A Raid And Search Operation In Eastern Samarra," 8/7/20

- "A Sticky Bomb Defused In Kirkuk," 8/1/20

- "Three soldiers were killed and wounded in an ISIS attack northeast of Baquba," 8/7/20

 

Al Noor, "An Explosive Device Targeting A Truck Carrying Equipment For The American Army In Nasiriya," 8/4/20

 

NRT, "Katyusha Rocket Fired Toward Green Zone In Baghdad: Security Media Cell," 8/5/20

 

Shafaaq News, "Targeting a camp near Baghdad with two Katyusha rockets," 8/3/20

 

Al Sumaria, "Killing and wounding five soldiers with an armed attack in Salahaddin," 8/5/20

 

Xinhua, "2 soldiers killed, 4 injured in IS attack in eastern Iraq," 8/7/20

 

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