Monday, November 23, 2020

Security In Iraq Nov 15-21, 2020


Violence across Iraq continues to fluctuate. There were 11 security incidents reported in the media the first week of November increasing to 25 the next week and then down to 19 the third week. One of those was by a pro-Iran Hashd group leaving 18 by the Islamic State. This has been the pace of attacks for weeks now.

 

Ashab al-Kahf that is likely a Kataib Hezbollah front group took responsibility for a rocket attack upon the Green Zone. Several fell short killing one child and wounding five others in Baghdad. This was in retaliation for three members being arrested. The group threatened more attacks if they were not released. The last time a pro-Iran group carried out an operation was on October 24 in Basra and the last time Baghdad was hit was October 5.

 

The Islamic State’s incidents were spread across Anbar (1), Babil (1), Baghdad (2), Diyala (3), Kirkuk (3), Ninewa (4) and Salahaddin (4).

 

In total 18 were killed and 25 were wounded during the week. 4 Iraqi Security Force (ISF) members, 5 Hashd al-Shaabi and 9 civilians died and 5 civilians, 8 Hashd and 12 ISF were injured. Salahaddin had half the casualties with 22.

 

In the Garma district a policeman was killed inside his house during a home invasion and his car was burned. Attacks in Anbar remain very low. IS mostly brings men and material over from Syria into the province.

 

Besides the rocket attack there was a sticky bomb in Madain in the south and a shooting in Husseiniya in the north of the capital province that left two dead total. This is the kind of activity the insurgents are now carrying out in Baghdad. There is no longer an attempt to infiltrate into the city. Rather they are carrying out small scale attacks in the periphery usually northern and southern towns like where these two incidents took place.

 

Diyala saw only 3 incidents which included an attack upon village, a shooting at a checkpoint and an intercepted infiltration attempt. Two of these came in the north while one was in Muqdadiya in the center. Most attacks take place in the middle and northeast of the governorate but lately IS has been reaching out to the north. The security forces also made a deployment to the Abu Said district in Muqdadiya. This wasn’t in response to the militants however but rather a tribal dispute. This is one of the areas that regularly gets attacked but it took two tribes fighting each other to get the government to move into the area.

 

Kirkuk had three incidents as well. That involved an IS member killed while planting a bomb and assaults upon two checkpoints.

 

The Islamic State blew up two electricity towers in Ninewa. This is the first time in a while that any infrastructure has been attacked. The other three incidents were small scale and included three suicide bombers being arrested.

 

Salahaddin witnessed the most serious incident of the week. An IED hit a civilian car and when the security forces arrived to investigate they were ambushed. 10 people died including a police director and mayor while 8 police were wounded. IS has recently been targeting ISF officers since the spring and this was the latest example.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Anbar

1

3

1

Babil

1

1

1

Baghdad

-

2

3/1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

5

8

3

Kirkuk

1

5

3

Ninewa

3

2

4

Salahaddin

-

4

4

TOTAL

11

25

19/

1 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Anbar

1 (1K)

4 (1K, 3W)

1 (1K)

Babil

2 (2W)

1 (1K)

2 (1K, 1W)

Baghdad

-

20 (11K, 9W)

8 (3K, 8W)

Diyala

10 (4K, 6W)

13 (4K, 9W)

7 (7W)

Kirkuk

1 (1K)

16 (5K, 11W)

1 (1K)

Ninewa

3 (1K, 2W)

3 (3W)

2 (2K)

Salahaddin

-

5 (1K, 4W)

22 (10K, 12W)

TOTAL

17 (7K, 10W)

62 (23K, 39W)

43 (18K, 25W)

 

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

17

11

1

2

2

1

2

-

-

Nov

10

6

-

3

-

-

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

9

5

2

2

-

2

2

3

-

Oct

8

7

1

1

-

-

3

-

-

Nov

6

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

5

7

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Oct

4

5

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

Nov

3

4

-

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

-

-

-

-

Aug

6

3

3

1

-

-

-

-

-

Sep

6

10

3

1

-

-

-

-

-

Oct

6

3

3

-

-

-

1

-

-

Nov

7

3

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

           

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

Oct 8-14

14/1

8

10

Oct 15-21

30/1

25

26

Oct 22-28

25/1

16

24

Oct 29-31

5

4

5

OCT

93/8

62

77

Nov 1-7

11

7

10

Nov 8-14

25

23

39

Nov 15-21

19/1

18

25

 

Violence By Province Nov 15-21, 2020

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

Babil

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Hashd

1 Wounded

1 Hashd

 

1 Shooting

Baghdad

3/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

3 Killed

3 Civilians

5 Wounded

5 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

1 Sticky Bomb

1 Rockets

Diyala

3 Incidents

7 Wounded

7 Hashd

 

3 Shootings

Kirkuk

3 Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

 

2 Shootings

Ninewa

4 Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

3 IEDs

3 Suicide Bombers Arrested

Salahaddin

4 Incidents

10 Killed

2 ISF

4 Civilians

4 Hashd

12 Wounded

12 ISF

 

3 Shootings

2 IEDs

 

SOURCES

 

Agence France Presse, "Iraq province in mourning after ISIS attack killed 10 including civilians," 11/22/20

 

AIN, "Electricity Ministry announces targeting the Mosul-Qayara dam line with a sabotage attack," 11/21/20

- "With the participation of security forces and the people … foiling an ISIS attack on the home of an Iraqi official," 11/21/20

 

Bas News, "IS Kills Iraqi Policeman in Daquq," 11/18/20

- "Kirkuk: IS Militant Killed while Planting a Bomb," 11/15/20

- "Salahaddin: Over Ten Policemen Killed, Injured in IS Ambush," 11/21/20

 

Al Maalomah, "4 members of the Popular Mobilization Forces were wounded thwarting a terrorist attack in Al-Mitha, Diyala," 11/15/20

- "A Hashd fighter was killed, and another was wounded by an ISIS attack in Jurf al-Nasr," 11/16/20

- "A rapid reaction force coming from Baghdad is deployed in Abu Saida, Diyala to enforce the law," 11/15/20

 

Al Monitor, "Rockets fall in Baghdad after Pentagon announces Iraq troop reduction," 11/18/20

 

NINA, "3 Members Of The PMF Wounded In An ISIS Attack On A Village North of Baquba," 11/15/20

- "A Civilian Killed By An IED South Of Mosul," 11/19/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces and the army carried out a search operation in search of wanted men, east of Fallujah," 11/22/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces thwarted an ISIS attack against one of its points in Kirkuk," 11/19/20

- "Thwarting an infiltration attempt by ISIS to target a security center on the outskirts of Al-Abara district, northeast of Baqubah," 11/16/20

- "A young man was killed in an armed attack in Mosul," 11/21/20

 

NRT, “Rockets Fall Inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, Child Killed: Military,” 11/18/20

- "Three ISIS Suicide Bombers Arrested In Nineveh," 11/17/20

 

Reuters, "Nine Iraqi security personnel, civilians dead in ISIS ambush in Baghdad: Police," 11/21/20

 

Shafaaq News, "4 wounded in an explosion on an army patrol in Salahaddin," 11/18/20

- "Anbar … Unidentified people assassinate a police affiliate," 11/18/20

- "A bomb kills a car driver and another destroys the garden of a house south of Baghdad," 11/115/20

- "Gunmen respond with silent weapons north of Baghdad," 11/18/20

- "The popular crowd responds to an ISIS attack in northern Diyala," 11/15/20

 

Al Sumaria, "Thwarting an infiltration of ISIS on the island of Siniya," 11/20/20

 

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