Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Security In Iraq Dec 22-28, 2020


For the last month Islamic State attacks have gone down in Iraq. At the same time, pro-Iran groups have picked up their operations against the Americans as the anniversary of the deaths of Hashd al-Shaabi leader Abu Muhandis and the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Commander General Qasim Soleimani nears in January.

 

There were 17 security incidents reported in the media from December 22-28 in Iraq. 6 of those were by pro-Iran groups leaving 11 by IS.

 

In October allies of Iran announced a ceasefire in targeting the U.S. in Iraq. That is now over. Starting the second week of December there were two attacks by these groups, then two more the third week, and now 6 the fourth. These were all IEDs against convoys carrying supplies to the Americans. Two were in Babil, two in Diwaniya, one in Dhi Qar and one in Muthanna. These will likely continue into at least January if not beyond as the pro-Iran factions want the U.S. out of Iraq.

 

On the other hand IS appears to be winding down for the winter. There were 24 attacks from November 22-28, then 19 the first and second weeks of December each, followed by 12 from December 15-21, and finally 11 the fourth week of the month. This appears to be just the ebb and flow of violence in the country.

 

There were 3 deaths and 22 wounded the fourth week of December. 1 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) member and 2 civilians were killed while 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 4 civilians and 17 ISF were injured. Diyala had the most casualties with 15.

 

Besides the two bombs by pro-Iran groups the Islamic State also tried to infiltrate into the Jurf al-Sakhr district in northeast Babil. This is a large Kataib Hezbollah base which the insurgents routinely attempt to attack.

 

In Baghdad there was a shooting in Tarmiya in the outer north that resulted in two soldiers being wounded. The few incidents in the province usually happen in towns like this in the north and south.

 

There were four incidents in Diyala. There were two shootings and two bombings. One of those hit a police convoy and resulted in nine injuries. Two of these were in the Muqdadiya district in the center, one was in Kanaan in the south, and one outside Baquba in the southwest. Diyala is the center of IS activity in Iraq and it has established de facto control of many of the rural parts in the center and northeast. It is using these areas to establish camps, rebuild its cadres, protect its leadership, extort money, collect taxes and plan for the future.

 

Kirkuk and Ninewa only had one incident each. Both were IEDs with the one in Kirkuk killing a regimental commander in the army.

 

Finally there were two infiltration attempts and a bombing in Salahadddin.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Dec 8-14

Dec 15-21

Dec 22-28

Anbar

2

2

-

-

Babil

-

1

3/1

Pro-Iran

3/2

Pro-Iran

Baghdad

2

1

Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

1

Dhi Qar

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

-

-

2 Pro-Iran

Diyala

12

5

4

4

Irbil

-

1

-

-

Kirkuk

1

4

3

1

Muthanna

-

1

Pro-Iran

-

1 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

1

5

1

1

Salahaddin

1

1

2

3

TOTAL

19

21/2

Pro-Iran

15/2

Pro-Iran

17/6

Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Dec 8-14

Dec 15-21

Dec 22-28

Anbar

-

7 (3K, 4W)

-

-

Babil

-

1 (1W)

2 (2W)

-

Baghdad

5 (1K, 4W)

-

1 (1W)

2 (2W)

Diyala

22 (2K, 20W)

8 (3K, 5W)

4 (1K, 3W)

15 (2K, 13W)

Irbil

-

3 (1K, 2W)

-

-

Kirkuk

3 (1K, 2W)

4 (2K, 2W)

4 (3K, 1W)

5 (1K, 4W)

Ninewa

2 (2W)

15 (3K, 12W)

2 (2K)

2 (2W)

Salahaddin

2 (2W)

1 (1K)

-

1 (1W)

TOTAL

34 (3K, 30W)

39 (13K, 26W)

14 (6K, 8W)

25 (3K, 22W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups 2020

Date

Incident - Location

1/4/20

Mortar – Baghdad’s Jadriya – 5 wounded

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

Mortar – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 3 wounded

1/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/8/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/12/20

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 6 wounded

1/14/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

1/20/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/21/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

1/26/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone – 3 wounded

1/31/20

Rockets – Kirkuk’s Qayara Base

 

January Totals - 11

2/15/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

2/21/20

Rockets – Irbil’s Makhmour Base

 

February Totals - 2

3/1/20

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Sadiq Base

3/2/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

3/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

3/11/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji – 3 killed (2 US, 1 UK), 12 wounded

3/14/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji – 7 wounded (3 US)

3/16/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Besmaya Base

3/17/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

3/26/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

March Totals - 8

4/18/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Nahrawan Chinese company

4/6/20

Rockets – Basra’s Burjisiya US company

 

April Totals – 2

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 – Baghdad’s Rashidiya

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 – 1 wounded

 

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 – Baghdad’s Jabour al-Shaarah

 

July Totals – 12

8/3/20

Rockets – 2 areas of Baghdad’s Meshada Dist

 

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

 

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

8/18/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

8/21/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad – 1 killed

8/22/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

8/23/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

8/28/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

8/29/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

8/30/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

August Totals – 24

9/2/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil – 1 wounded

9/3/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

Rockets UK security company – Baghdad

9/6/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad – 2 wounded

 

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

9/8/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil – 1 killed, 2 wounded

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad – 2 wounded

9/10/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

9/12/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

9/14/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

9/15/20

IED on UK diplomatic convoy – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

9/16/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

9/17/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad also reported as Babil

9/18/20

IED American Inst for English Learning – Najaf

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin – 1 wounded

9/20/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

9/21/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

9/22/20

Mortars – Baghdad’s Green Zone

9/23/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

9/27/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

9/28/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Radwaniya – 5 killed 2 wounded

9/29/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

9/30/20

Rockets – Irbil Airport

 

IED airport road – Baghdad

 

September Totals – 31

10/1/20

Rocket at convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

10/5/20

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Jadriya neighborhood

10/11/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

10/24/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

 

October Totals – 7

11/17/20

Rockets – Bagdhad’s Green Zone 1 killed, 5 wounded

 

November Totals – 1

12/10/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

12/12/20

Mortar – Baghdad International Airport

12/20/20

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone – 1 wounded

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar – 1 wounded

12/21/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

12/23/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

12/25/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Samawa

12/27/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

12/28/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

December Totals - 11

 

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

14

6

2

5

-

-

2

-

-

Dec

18

6

2

5

-

-

5

-

-

 

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

3

3

4

-

2

-

-

-

Dec

4

4

1

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

8

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

Dec

2

7

-

-

-

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

1

1

-

-

-

Dec

4

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

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

Nov 29-30

8

1

10

NOV

87/1

60

110

Dec 1-7

19

4

30

Dec 8-14

21/2

13

26

Dec 15-21

15/2

6

8

Dec 22-28

17/6

3

22

 

Violence By Province Dec 22-28, 2020

Province

Violence

Babil

3/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

1 Shooting

2 IEDs

Baghdad

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

1 Shooting

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Diyala

4 Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

13 Wounded

2 Civilians

11 ISF

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

Kirkuk

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 ISF

4 Wounded

4 ISF

 

1 IED

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Ninewa

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

3 Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Hashd

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Diyala: Six People Killed in Fuel Tanker Blast and Armed Attack," 12/28/20

- "IED Blast Hits Coalition Logistics Convoy in Central Iraq," 12/27/20

- "Roadside Bomb Hits Coalition Convoy near Baghdad," 12/23/20

- "Roadside Bombing Injures Nine Iraqi Policemen in Diyala," 12/22/20

 

Iraq Newspaper, "In pictures, the terrorist ISIS detonates the vehicle of the 9th Brigade of the Badr Corps of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Metibji," 12/22/20

- "ISIS terrorists kill the commander of the 1st regiment of the 51st brigade within the 8th division of the Iraqi army, and four of his bodyguards," 12/27/20

 

NINA, "A civilian was killed and another one wounded in a terrorist attack northeast of Baqubah," 12/26/20

- "A New Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted In Dhi Qar," 12/25/20

- "An Officer And 4 Army Members Wounded By An IED In Northwest Kirkuk," 12/27/20

- "An Officer And A Policeman Injured In An IED Northeast Of Baquba," 12/22/20

- "The PMF Thwart An Infiltration Attempt, South Of Samarra," 12/28/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces foils an infiltration attempt by ISIS on Jurf Al-Nasr," 12/24/20

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces thwarted an infiltration attempt by ISIS in western Salah al-Din Governorate," 12/23/20

- "Targeting a convoy of logistical support to the international coalition forces in Samawah," 12/25/20

- "Two civilians injured in an explosive device explosion south of Mosul," 12/27/20

 

NINA, "An IED Targets A Convoy For Logistical Support, Belonging To The Int'l Coalition," 12/28/20

- "One Wounded After Bomb Hits Contractor Vehicle In Diwaniya Governorate," 12/25/20

 

Al Sumaria, "Two soldiers were wounded by gunfire in Tarmiya," 12/25/20

 

 

 

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