Monday, August 17, 2020

Security In Iraq Aug 8-14, 2020

For the third straight week Islamic State security incidents were in the single digits. This represents a new low for insurgent activity since 2003. At the same time pro-Iran groups are picking up attacks and accounted for almost half the incidents the second week of August.

 

There were 19 incidents reported in Iraq from August 8-14. 8 of those were by pro-Iran groups. During the week they launched rockets against Balad Air Base in Salahaddin, Baghdad International Airport, twice against the Green Zone, although one of those resulted in the rockets landing in the Tigris River, and three convoys carrying supplies to the U.S. were struck by IEDs in Basra, Dhi Qar, and Diwaniya. These groups, likely connected to Hashd brigades, have increased their attacks this month. There have been a total of 15 so far in August versus 12 in July, 8 in June and 2 in May. This was prompted by Baghdad entering into negotiations with the United States over a new security agreement. Prime Minister Mustafa Kazemi is planning a visit to Washington D.C. soon to continue those talks probably provoking the uptick this month.

 

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

 

August Totals - 15

 

That left 11 attacks by the Islamic State. Those were spread across Anbar (1 incident), Baghdad (1), Ninewa (1), Salahaddin (1), Kirkuk (2), and Diyala (5).

 

7 people were killed and 22 were wounded the second week of August. That was made up of 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 1 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 5 civilians that lost their lives along with 6 Hashd and 16 civilians that were injured. This is the first time in months that civilians (21 total) outnumbered security forces (8 total) in casualties. The Islamic State is currently launching what it calls a war of attrition against the government’s forces and they have routinely had the most dead and wounded each month since Spring as a result.

 

In Anbar, an IED went off in the Ana district in the north along the Euphrates River that left one dead. There are few incidents in Anbar as IS mostly uses it to move in men from Syria into Iraq. It’s also an important way station in the militants smuggling between the two countries.

 

Besides the four pro-Iran incidents in Baghdad there was also a shooting death in Tarmiya in the north. IS has largely given up on infiltrating into the province although it still has cells in the north, south and west. That has meant pro-Iran groups are usually responsible for most of the attacks there.

 

Diyala returned to the most violent area of the country. There were five incidents total including a wedding procession that was ambushed that left one dead and 5 wounded, a shooting of two cars that left seven wounded, an attack upon a checkpoint, a civilian dying from gunfire, and an IED that hit some Hashd. Three of the incidents took place in the Muqdadiya district in the center, one in the Khanaqin district in the northeast, and one in the Baquba district in the southwest. The government also conducted a sweep through northern Muqdadiya. IS has de facto control of many of the rural areas of Muqdadiya and Khanaqin and have driven out hundreds of families and emptied dozens of villages. This provides it the perfect environment to rebuild itself and is the reason why Diyala regularly has the most attacks.

 

Two villages were attacked in the Hawija district of southern Kirkuk. In the town of Majid, IS wounded two civilians and set up an IED along the road where the security forces responded which left 1 police and 4 Hashd dead. Like Khanaqin and Muqdadiya in Diyala, IS has influence over Hawija which it was never cleared from during the war.

 

There was only one incident in Ninewa when an IED exploded west of Mosul. Like Anbar, Ninewa is no longer a battlefront but is now part of the Islamic State’s logistics network as its used to bring in men and supplies from Syria along with smuggling to raise funds.

 

The deputy governor’s house was shot at in the Ishaqi district of southern Salahaddin. The government forces continued to sweep through the Samarra district as well. Attacks in Salahaddin have gone up and down over the months. It is no longer a major battlefront however.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Anbar

-

1

Baghdad

4 Pro-Iran

5/

4 Pro-Iran

Basra

-

1 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

1

5

Kirkuk

1

2

Ninewa

1

1

Salahaddin

2

2/

1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

10/5

19/8

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Anbar

-

1 (1K)

Baghdad

-

1 (1K)

Diyala

6 (2K, 4W)

17 (3K, 14W)

Kirkuk

-

9 (2K, 7W)

Ninewa

-

1 (1W)

Salahaddin

11 (5K, 6W)

-

TOTAL

17 (7K, 10W)

29 (7K, 22W)

 

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

1

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

2

-

-

-

-

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

-

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

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

3

-

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

 

Violence By Province Aug 8-14, 2020

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

1 IED

Baghdad

5/4 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

3 Rockets

Basra

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

5 Incidents

3 Killed

1 Hashd

2 Civilians

14 Wounded

2 Hashd

12 Wounded

 

4 Shootings

1 IED

Diwaniya

1 Incident

 

1 IED

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

7 Wounded

3 Civilians

4 Hashd

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

Ninewa

1 Incident

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

1 Shooting

1 Rockets

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Civilian Killed by IS in Disputed Kurdish Town," 8/13/20

- "IS Attack Leaves Four People Killed, Injured in Kirkuk," 8/11/20

- "IS Attacks Civilian Vehicles in Diyala, Injures Seven," 8/12/20

- "IS Militants Kill One Civilian, Injure Another in West of Kirkuk," 8/13/20

 

Iraq Newspaper, "And they say "Hello Thursday!" In the morning a barber was killed south of Baghdad and in the evening a barber was killed in the north," 8/13/20

 

Al Maalomah, "6 Civilians injured in an ISIS attack on a wedding procession near Abu Karma village, Diyala," 8/11/20

- "Diyala … the death of one of the wounded in the Abu Karma wedding ambush, and demands for the spread of the popular crowd," 8/12/20

 

NINA, "2 Fighters Of The Popular Mobilization Forces Wounded By An Explosive Device In Diyala," 8/10/20

- "A Civilian Injured By IED West Of Mosul," 8/13/20

- "A military operation to track down ISIS remnants carried out in the villages of northern Muqdadiya in Diyala," 8/9/20

- "An officer was killed and four civilians and members of the Popular Mobilization Forces were wounded in an ISIS attack west of Kirkuk," 8/11/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces Carry Out Raid And Search Operation West Of Samarra," 8/10/20- "Targeting the Green Zone with a Katyusha missile," 8/11/20

NI-"A Tribal Mobilization Fighter Martyred In An ISIS Attack On A Checkpoint on The Outskirts Of Muqdadiya, Diyala," 8/13/20

 

NRT, "Blast Hits US Coalition Convoy North Of Baghdad, No Casualties: Iraq Military," 8/11/20

- "ISIS Militants Attack House Of Saladin Deputy Governor In Tikrit: Anadolu Agency," 8/9/20

- "Logistics Convoy Targeted Near Diwaniya: Security Media Cell," 8/14/20

- "Three Katyusha Rockets Fell Into Iraq's Balad Air Base: Statement," 8/14/20

 

Reuters, "Explosion Targets Convoy With U.S. Gear Near Iraq-Kuwait Crossing, Sources Say," 8/10/20

- "Rockets land near Baghdad airport after week of anti-U.S. attacks," 8/14/20

 

Al Sumaria, "A civilian was killed when an explosive device exploded west of Ramadi," 8/13/20

- "Security media confirms that a Katyusha rocket landed near the suspension bridge in Baghdad," 8/11/20

 

Xinhua, "Roadside bomb hits U.S.-led coalition trucks in southern Iraq," 8/10/20

 

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