Monday, November 30, 2020

Security In Iraq Nov 22-28, 2020


Violence in Iraq has fluctuated up and down the last three months. The fourth week of November 2020 was no different with attacks increasing from the week before.

 

There were 24 incidents reported in the media the fourth week of November in Iraq. Those took place across Irbil (1), Baghdad (1), Anbar (3), Diyala (3), Ninewa (4), Kirkuk (6) and Salahaddin (6). That was up from 19 the week before, but one of those was done by a pro-Iran group.

 

There were 11 deaths and 26 wounded during the week. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 3 civilians, 7 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed and 3 Hashd, 10 civilians, 13 ISF were injured. Anbar, Ninewa, and Salahaddin tied with 9 casualties followed by 5 in Kirkuk, 4 in Diyala and 1 in Babil.

 

Anbar saw a change in the types of attacks that usually occur there. First, the Islamic State set up a fake checkpoint in the Rutba district, killed three police, kidnapped three people and 1 was later found. Then a checkpoint was attacked in Garma in the east, and there was a final attack in the Nukhaib area the southeast by Saudi Arabia where 1 policeman was killed, 4 people were wounded and a mukhtar was kidnapped. Usually there are just shootings and IEDs in the province because IS uses the province for smuggling more than operations. The second week of November there was also a kidnapping and a checkpoint incident, so it needs to be seen whether this is a new trend or not.

 

In Taji, north Baghdad an Oil Ministry engineer was shot by a silenced gun. There are few incidents in the capital province but when they happen it’s usually like this one in an outer town in the north or south.

 

There were just three incidents in Diyala but two of them were in the Azim area in the northwest. Usually attacks are concentrated in the center in Muqdadiya and in the northeast in Khanaqin. Recently the group has been picking up its operations along the Diyala-Salahaddin border which could be an expansion of the area it’s looking to control.

 

In the Makhmour district of southern Irbil a soldier was shot and killed. This is a disputed area which the insurgents have been taking advantage of since the start of this year.

 

In Kirkuk, a checkpoint was hit, there was a kidnapping although the people were freed, a rocket was fired, and there were two shoot outs with the security forces. Five if the six attacks during the week were in the south where the militants were never expelled from, but one was in the northwest which was a rarity.

 

There were three IEDs and an infiltration attempt in Ninewa. The IEDs were all in the south where IS usually carries out attacks and then the infiltration came in the west as IS was trying to move men in from Syria.

 

Salahaddin saw a sniper, a police chief’s house shot at, a kidnapping and beheading, a gun battle, and two infiltration attempts. Six was the most attacks in the governorate since the third week of May.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Nov 22-28

Anbar

1

3

1

3

Babil

1

1

1

-

Baghdad

-

2

3/1 Pro-Iran

1

Diyala

5

8

3

3

Irbil

-

-

-

1

Kirkuk

1

5

3

6

Ninewa

3

2

4

4

Salahaddin

-

4

4

6

TOTAL

11

25

19/

1 Pro-Iran

24

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Nov 22-28

Anbar

1 (1K)

4 (1K, 3W)

1 (1K)

9 (4K, 5W)

Babil

2 (2W)

1 (1K)

2 (1K, 1W)

1 (1K)

Baghdad

-

20 (11K, 9W)

8 (3K, 8W)

-

Diyala

10 (4K, 6W)

13 (4K, 9W)

7 (7W)

4 (4W)

Kirkuk

1 (1K)

16 (5K, 11W)

1 (1K)

5 (5W)

Ninewa

3 (1K, 2W)

3 (3W)

2 (2K)

9 (2K, 7W)

Salahaddin

-

5 (1K, 4W)

22 (10K, 12W)

9 (4K, 5W)

TOTAL

17 (7K, 10W)

62 (23K, 39W)

43 (18K, 25W)

37 (11K, 26W)

 

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

13

6

1

4

-

-

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

9

2

3

4

-

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

-

12

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sep

5

7

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Oct

4

5

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

Nov

4

7

-

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

12

3

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

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

Nov 22-28

24

11

26

 

Violence By Province Nov 22-28, 2020

Province

Violence

Anbar

3 Incidents

4 Killed

4 ISF

5 Wounded

5 Civilians

 

3 Shootings

Babil

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

Baghdad

1 Incident

 

1 Shooting

Diyala

3 Incidents

4 Wounded

2 Civilians

2 ISF

 

3 Shootings

Kirkuk

6 Incidents

5 Wounded

5 ISF

 

3 Shootings

1 IED

1 Rockets

Ninewa

4 Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

7 Wounded

3 Civilians

4 ISF

 

1 Shooting

3 IEDs

Salahaddin

6 Incidents

4 Killed

1 Hashd

1 ISF

2 Civilians

5 Wounded

2 ISF

3 Hashd

 

5 Shootings

 

SOURCES

 

Baghdad Post, "Gunmen set up fake checkpoint in Anbar, kill an affiliate, and kidnap three people" 11/23/20

 

Bas News, "Four Iraqi Soldiers Injured in IED Blast South of Kirkuk," 11/27/20

-IS Kills One Iraqi Soldier Outside Makhmour," 11/23/20

- "IS Militants Attack Police Colonel's Home in Salahaddin, Kill One," 11/25/20

 

Iraq Newspaper, "The District Commissioner confirms … that ISIS has taken control of the international road in Al-Rutba area near Al-Sakar, killing 3 police officers from Al-Rutba and kidnapping a fourth," 11/23/20

- "An ISIS terrorist sniper killers and injures four of the 52ns Brigade of the Turkmen Mobilization Forces of the Badr Corps led by Mahdi Taqi Al-Amerli in the village of Amerli," 11/23/20

 

Al Maalomah, "The army thwarted a terrorist attack on the border between Diyala and Salah al-Din," 11/26/20

- "A civilian was injured due to an armed attack on the security checkpoint, east of Fallujah," 11/24/20

- "A kidnapped person was released hours after he was kidnapped in a pre-emptive operation in western Anbar," 11/23/20

- "A police associate was killed in an armed attack west of Anbar," 11/23/20

- "A policeman was killed in a terrorist attack in the Al-Kasra neighborhood, southwest of Anbar," 11/28/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces addresses an infiltration of the ISIS terrorists in the Sijla district in Salahaddin Governorate," 11/28/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces thwarted a terrorist plot to target civilians in Salahaddin," 11/28/20

 

NINA, "2 Soldiers Wounded IN AN ISIS Attack On The Bolder Between Salah al-Din And Diyala," 11/24/20

- "The explosion of a bomb from the ISIS remnant, wounding a woman and her daughter, south of Mosul," 11/23/20

- "Five army personnel were killed and wounded when an explosive device exploded south of Mosul," 11/22/20

- "A force of the popular crowd liberates a citizen hours after ISIS kidnapped him in Kirkuk," 11/23/20

- "ISIS Attack Thwarted In Salah Al-Din Operations Sector," 11/25/20

- "A Katyusha missile fell in the vicinity of Al-Zab district, west of Kirkuk," 11/24/20

- "A Man And His Son Wounded By Unknown gunfire, East Of Baquba," 11/27/20

- "A number of security forces and civilians were killed and wounded in an armed attack in Salah al-Din," 11/24/20

- "A soldier wounded in an ISIS attack northwest of Kirkuk," 11/22/20

- "Two Civilians Killed And Wounded When An Explosive Device Went Off South Of Mosul," 11/28/20

- "Two attacks by ISIS terrorists foiled in southwestern Kirkuk," 11/28/20

 

Shafaaq News, "Using thermal cameras … Iraqi forces thwart the infiltration of two foreigners west Ninewa," 11/23/20

 

Al Sumaria, "An engineer in oil was injured in an armed attack north of Baghdad," 11/26/20

- "A policeman was killed and three civilians were wounded in an ISIS attack in al-Nukhaib," 11/28/20

 

Xinhua, "IS militants kill 2 villagers, policeman in Iraq," 11/29/20

 

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