Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Violence Remains Low In Iraq July 2020

Violence remained relatively the same in Iraq between June and July. Attacks were slightly up in July, but still at a very low level after the Islamic State’s spring offensive.

 

The media reported 73 incidents total in July. 12 of those were by pro-Iran groups leaving 61 by the Islamic State. That compared to 60 incidents in June, 8 by pro-Iran groups and 52 by the insurgents.

 

Violence was spread across Dhi Qar (1 incident), Muthanna (1), Ninewa (2), Babil (5), Anbar (6), Kirkuk (9), Salahaddin (11), Baghdad (13), and Diyala (25).

 

That led to 47 dead and 67 wounded. That was made up of 1 Peshmerga, 13 civilians, 16 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 17 Hashd al-Shaabi that lost their lives and 17 ISF, 20 Hashd, and 30 civilians that were injured. Diyala had the most casualties with 57. The Islamic State has been targeting the security forces since spring and that continued into July. Of the 114 casualties 71 were from the police, army, Hashd and Peshmerga.

 

Incidents remained at the same level in Anbar. There were 4 in June and 6 in July. All the attacks were aimed at the security forces and included a rare motorcycle bomb in Kubaisa that killed and wounded two soldiers. The government also conducted five sweeps mostly through the desert areas of the governorate. IS uses Anbar as a transit point between Iraq and Syria. There are reports of militants constantly moving across the border.

 

IS started targeting Hilla the capital of Babil province in July. There were 5 incidents there up from 1 the previous month. Three of those were in Hilla where government officials were targeted. Usually the insurgents just hit Jurf al-Sakhr which is a large Kataib Hezbollah base. Now they are spreading out.

 

There were 13 incidents in Baghdad, but like last month the majority of those, 9, were by pro-Iran groups targeting areas that house Americans. The airport, Besmaya base, Camp Taji, and the Green Zone twice were all hit by rockets and missiles and a drone were discovered as well. Of the IS attacks it was able to get a sticky bomb on a van into the city itself and more importantly killed an army Brigade commander in Tarmiya in the north. For a year and a half IS was attempting to infiltrate into the capital. In the last few months that effort has ended. Now pro-Iran groups are responsible for most of the incidents in Baghdad.

 

Pro-Iran groups also attacked Camp Speicher in Salahaddin, and two convoys carrying supplies to the Americans one in Dhi Qar and the other in Muthanna. The latter two were a definite escalation by these units. These operations picked up in June when Iraq and the U.S. opened talks for a new security agreement which Iran opposes.

 

As usual, Diyala was the most violent part of Iraq. There were 25 incidents there including one gun battle, 2 villages assaulted, and a Hashd base and 3 towns hit by mortars. 10 of those incidents took place in the Muqdadiya district in the center and 11 more in Khanaqin in the northeast. IS has de facto control of much of the countryside in those two areas. It has forced many people out in the two districts and now is intimidating the security forces with 36 of the 57 casualties coming from the army, police, and Hashd. There were seven security operations during the month but there’s no evidence they had any lasting effect.

 

The situation in Kirkuk remained the same with 9 incidents in both June and July. There was a kidnapping, a checkpoint was shot at, some crops were burned, and there was one gun battle. Besides three incidents in Kirkuk the rest all took place in the south where IS traditionally operates.

 

There were just two incidents in Ninewa. An IED went off in Tal Afar which could have been an old explosive and a checkpoint was hit by a mortar south of Mosul. Like Anbar, this province is mostly used to move in men and material from Syria. When attacks do take place it’s almost always in the south.

 

Minus the rocket fire on Camp Speicher there were 10 incidents by IS in Salahaddin. A checkpoint was attacked and there were two gun battles. A mukhtar and his sons were gunned down in the Samarra district and a Hashd brigade commander was killed by an IED in Baiji. There are major insurgent bases in the governorate, but violence is usually low there. IS is concentrating upon preserving its leadership and rebuilding its cadres there. That’s why there were 8 sweeps through the province by the government’s forces.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jul 1-7

Jul 8-14

Jul 15-21

Jul 22-28

Jul 29-31

TOTALS

Anbar

-

1

-

5

-

6

Babil

1

2

-

1

1

5

Baghdad

2 Pro-Iran

2/

1 Pro-Iran

3/

1 Pro-Iran

3 Pro-Iran

3/

2 Pro-Iran

13/

9 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

-

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

5

6

9

1

4

25

Kirkuk

1

3

3

-

2

9

Muthanna

-

1

-

-

-

1

Ninewa

1

-

1

-

-

2

Salahaddin

2

1

3

2/

1 Pro-Iran

3

11/

1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

12/

2 Pro-Iran

16/

2 Pro-Iran

19/

1 Pro-Iran

13/

5 Pro-Iran

13/

2 Pro-Iran

73/

12 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jul 1-7

Jul 8-14

Jul 15-21

Jul 22-28

Jul 29-31

TOTALS

Anbar

-

2 (2K)

-

11 (4K, 7W)

-

13 (6K, 7W)

Babil

-

1 (1W)

-

-

-

1 (1W)

Baghdad

-

2 (2K)

6 (4K, 2W)

-

5 (5W)

13 (6K, 7W)

Diyala

8 (1K, 7W)

21 (9K, 12W)

24 (6K, 18W)

-

4 (2K, 2W)

57 (18K, 39W)

Kirkuk

-

2 (1K, 1W)

3 (3K)

-

-

5 (4K, 1W)

Ninewa

2 (2W)

-

1 (1W)

-

-

3 (3W)

Salahaddin

2 (2K)

2 (1K, 1W)

11 (4K, 7W)

6 (5K, 1W)

1 (1K)

22 (13K, 9W)

TOTAL

12 (3K, 9W)

30 (15K, 15W)

45 (17K, 28W)

17 (9K, 8W)

10 (3K, 7W)

114 (47K, 67W)

 

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

-

-

 

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

-

-

 

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

-

-

-

-

-

 

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

-

-

-

-

           

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

 

Violence By Province July, 2020

Province

Violence

Anbar

6 Incidents

6 Killed

2 Hashd

4 ISF

7 Wounded

7 ISF

 

5 Shootings

1 Motorcycle Bomb

Babil

5 Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Hashd

 

3 Shootings

2 IEDs

Baghdad

13/9 Pro-Iran Incidents

6 Killed

1 Hashd

5 ISF

7 Wounded

2 ISF

5 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

1 Sticky Bomb

1 Suicide Bomber

8 Rockets

1 Drone Found

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

2 IEDs

Diyala

25 Incidents

18 Killed

1 Peshmerga

3 Civilians

5 ISF

9 Hashd

39 Wounded

7 ISF

14 Hashd

18 Civilians

 

10 Shootings

10 IEDs

4 Mortars

Kirkuk

9 Incidents

4 Killed

1 ISF

3 Civilians

1 Wounded

1 Hashd

 

5 Shootings

2 IEDs

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

Ninewa

2 Incidents

3 Wounded

3 Civilians

 

1 IED

1 Mortar

Salahaddin

11/1 Pro-Iran

13 Killed

1 ISF

5 Hashd

7 Civilians

9 Wounded

1 ISF

4 Civilians

4 Hashd

 

4 Shootings

5 IEDs

1 Rockets

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "IED Explosion Hits Minibus in Baghdad, Injures Five," 7/2920

- "Iraqi Trucks Delivering Logistic Support to US Forces Hit by Roadside Bombings," 7/22/20

- "IS Jihadists Kidnap Kurdish Farmer in Disputed Town of Prde," 7/7/20

-"Multiple Rockets Hit Iraqi Base Housing US-led Coalition Forces," 7/27/20

 

Al Hurra, "No human casualties … Two explosion at Speicher Air Force base in northern Iraq," 7/27/20

 

Iraq Newspaper, "Mukhtar, Samom Village, in Abbasiya, Samarra and 4 of his sons were killed in ISIS terrorist attack," 7/24/20

 

Kullab, Samya, "Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child," 7/5/20

 

Al Maalomah, "Two soldiers died from their injuries as a result of the Tarmiya attack yesterday," 7/18/20

 

Al Masalah, "Insurgents burn 3 vehicles shipping for American forces in Al-Muthanna on the international highway," 7/11/20

 

Al Monitor, "Rockets hit Iraqi base used by coalition troops, no casualties," 7/24/20

 

New Sabah, “Warnings of the growing ISIS threat in the desert, relying on its capabilities in Syria,” 7/30/20

 

NINA, "Armed Men Attack The House Of The Director Of Water Resources in Babylon," 7/22/20

- "Armed men shoot at the house of the Director of the Department of Displacement and Migration in Babylon," 7/14/20

- "A Civilian Wounded By A Mortar Shell South Of Mosul," 7/20/20

- "A House Of A Senior Officer In The MoD In Hilla Attacked By Unknown Gunmen," 7/1/20

- "A Katyusha rocket prepared for launch was found in one of the Baghdad areas," 7/31/20

- "Killing and wounding two soldiers with a motorcycle bomb explosion in Anbar," 7/25/20

- "A Missile Prepared To Be Launched Towards The Green Zone, Found And Dismantled East Of Baghdad," 7/10/20

- "Two civilians wounded by an explosive device, west of Mosul," 7/4/20

- "Two Intelligence Officers from the popular crowd were killed in an explosive device explosion in Salah al-Din," 7/2/20

- "Two Katyusha rockets fell in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport," 7/30/20

 

NRT, "Drone Carrying 2 KG Mortar Seized In Baghdad: Security Media Cell," 7/23/20

- "Five Civilians Killed, One Wounded In ISIS Attack In Saladin Governorate," 7/25/20

 

Shafaaq News, "A big fire devouring crops near Kirkuk," 7/14/20

- "A bombing kills a commander in the crowd in Salahaddin," 7/17/20

- "Revealing details of the killing of an army brigade commander and wounding 4 soldiers," 7/17/20

 

Al Sumaria, "Clashes between an army force and armed men west of Daquq in Kirkuk," 7/31/20

 

Xinhua, "3 rockets land near U.S. embassy in Iraq's Baghdad," 7/19/20

 

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