Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Security In Iraq Jan 1-7, 2021


Violence remained largely unchanged in Iraq from December to the first week of January 2021. There were a reported 21 incidents from January 1-7. Two of those were by pro-Iran groups leaving 19 by the Islamic State. The last full week of December there were just 9 attacks by the insurgents but the first two weeks of the month there were 19 incidents each.

 

Groups loyal to Iran carried out two bombings of convoys carrying supplies to the United States during the week. The first was on January 1 in Samawa, Muthanna followed by another on January 4 in the Samarra district of Salahaddin. These factions did not carry out any large scale attack on January 3 the anniversary of the deaths of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander General Qasim Soleimani and the deputy head of the Hashd Commission Abu Muhandis. Instead they have kept up a steady pace of bombings and rocket attacks on American targets.


 

The 19 incidents by the Islamic State occurred across Salahaddin (1), Sulaymaniya (1), Baghdad (2), Kirkuk (2), Anbar (4), Diyala (2) and Ninewa (5).

 

They left 13 dead made up of 5 civilians and 8 members of the Iraq Security Forces (ISF) and another 19 wounded consisting of 2 Asayesh, 3 Hashd al-Shaabi, 3 civilians and 11 ISF. As usual 24 of the 32 casualties came from the security forces as the militants have been conducting a war of attrition against them since the spring of last year.

 

Starting in December IS changed its tactics in Anbar which had mostly been peaceful because the insurgents were using it as a logistics hub to move in men and material from Syria. Now the Islamic State is back to carrying out regular attacks there. That resulted in four incidents at the start of January with one checkpoint shot at and three gun battles.

 

There was a shooting and a clash with the insurgents in Baghdad one in Tarmiya in the north and the other in Radwaniya in the south. IS is no longer interesting in hitting capitol city itself and now just has small scale attacks like these in the perimeter.

 

There were four incidents in Diyala. There was one shooting, two checkpoints were hit and there was some mortar fire. An attack in Helwan on January 2 that led to two soldiers dying and seven being wounded led to two officers being dismissed for incompetence. A report in Al Mada claimed that up to half the soldiers posted in the province were ghost employees existing only on paper so that their commanders can collect their salaries. This is a very common practice and highlights the corruption prevalent throughout the government.

 

An IED killed three soldiers and left one injured and gunfire left one policeman wounded both in the southern Daquq district of Kirkuk.

 

Ninewa had the most incidents in Iraq. Two old IEDs from the war versus IS left two dead and three wounded. Two bodies were also discovered one in Mosul and the other in Qayara in the south that showed signs of torture. Also 93 bodies were pulled from the rubble of west Mosul. It’s believed that there could be still hundreds more buried in the rubble four years after the conflict ended because so little of that part of the city has been rebuilt.

 

Besides the attack on the convoy there was also a home invasion of an army major’s house the Yathrib district of Salahaddin that left one dead.

 

Finally in southern Sulaymaniya and IED wounded two Asayesh. There hadn’t been any attacks in that province since last April making this a very rare incident.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Anbar

4

Baghdad

2

Diyala

4

Kirkuk

2

Muthanna

1

Pro-Iran

Ninewa

5

Salahaddin

2/1

Pro-Iran

Sulaymaniya

1

TOTAL

22/2

Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Anbar

3 (3W)

Baghdad

1 (1K)

Diyala

14 (4K, 10W)

Kirkuk

4 (3K, 1W)

Ninewa

7 (4K, 3W)

Salahaddin

1 (1K)

Sulaymaniya

2 (2)

Salahaddin

2 (2W)

TOTAL

33 (13K, 19W)

 

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 – Baghdad'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 – Muthanna

12/27/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

12/28/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

12/29/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

12/31/20

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

December Totals - 13

1/1/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

1/4/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

 

January Totals - 2

 

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

-

2020

Totals

215

103

28

41

3

13

41

-

-

Jan

2021

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

2020

Totals

87

44

20

24

1

14

21

4

-

Jan

2021

-

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

2020

Totals

43

77

5

10

4

3

3

-

1

Jan 2021

-

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

2020

Totals

82

41

30

13

3

5

4

-

-

Jan 2021

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

           

Security In Iraq 2019-20

Week

Security

Incidents

(Total/By IS)

Dead

(Total/By IS)

Wounded

(Total/By IS)

JAN 2019

114

139

130/128

FEB

118/1

250/115

130

MAR

61

147

101

APR

99

105

100

MAY

137/1

163/125

200

JUN

99/3

74

122/119

JUL

82

83

119

AUG

104

103

141

SEP

123/1

122

131

OCT

70/2

92

53

NOV

55/5

47

98

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

Dec 29-31

11/2

3

4

DEC

83/12

29

90

Jan 1-7

21/2

13

19

 

Violence By Province Jan 1-7, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

4 Incidents

3 Wounded

3 Hashd

 

4 Shootings

Baghdad

2 Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

 

2 Shootings

Diyala

5 Incidents

4 Killed

4 ISF

10 Wounded

10 ISF

 

4 Shootings

1 Mortar

Kirkuk

1 Incident

3 Killed

3 ISF

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

1 IED

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Ninewa

5 Incidents

4 Killed

4 Civilians

3 Wounded

3 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

Sulaymaniya

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Asayesh

 

1 IED

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Another US Logistic Convoy Targeted in Southern Iraq," 1/1/21

- "IED Left from IS Era Kills Teenager near Sinjar," 1/2/21

- "Jalawla: IS Attacks Iraqi Army, Casualties Reported," 1/6/21

- "One Policeman Injured in IS Attack near Daquq," 1/7/21

 

Buratha News, "93 bodies were exhumed in the old Mosul neighborhoods," 1/5/21

 

Dri, Karwan Faidhi, "Two Kurdish security forces injured by IED planted under ISIS flag in Said Sadiq," Rudaq, 1/2/21

 

 Al Maalomah, "Three ISIS terrorists were killed in an armed clashes in the western regions," 1/5/21

- "Three members of the tribal crowd wounded in western Anbar," 1/6/21

- "Thwarting an attack by a terrorist at an army checkpoint near Helwan in Diyala," 1/5/21

- "Thwarting an ISIS attack on a security post west Anbar," 1/4/21

 

Al Mada, “ISIS incubates in Diyala reveal the ghost file: half of the army is only on paper,” 1/4/21

 

NINA, "3 Mortar Shells Hit The Vicinity Of Al-Abara District, Diyala," 1/1/21

- "The body of a young man found south of Mosul," 1/6/21

- "An employee was killed and three others were wounded when a bomb of ISIS remnants exploded west of Mosul," 1/7/21

- "Four Security Forces Personnel Killed And Wounded, South Of Kirkuk," 1/1/21

- "An ISIS element was arrested and an unidentified body was found in the right side of Mosul," 1/5/21

- "Two soldiers wounded in an ISIS attack on a military post northeast of Baqubah," 1/2/21

 

NRT, "One Iraqi Soldier Killed, Eight Wounded In ISIS Attack In Diyala's Jalawla," 1/2/21

 

Shafaaq News, "The death toll from Khanaqin attack increased to one dead and 6 wounded, from the army," 1/2/21

- "ISIS assassinates a construction worker in Salahaddin," 1/3/21

- "ISIS is carrying out an attack on the Tribal Mobilization Forces in western Iraq," 1/3/21

- "A soldier dies of wounds he sustained in a previous ISIS attack in the outskirts of Khanaqin," 1/5/21

 

Al Sumaria, "A bomb targeting a convoy to support the international coalition on the Samarra road," 1/4/21

- "A security force stopped a terrorist attack on one of the watchtowers in Tarmiya," 1/5/21

- "A soldier was killed in a clash with terrorists south of Baghdad," 1/5/21

 

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