Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Security In Iraq Feb 15-21, 2021


The winter lull in attacks by the Islamic State continued into the third week of February. Pro-Iran groups on the other hand looked to be increasing their attacks upon American targets in Iraq.

 

There were a total of 20 security incidents reported in Iraq from February 15-21. 7 were by pro-Iran groups leaving 13 by the Islamic State.


Pro-Iran groups carried out five IED hits upon convoys carrying supplies for the U.S. with one in Baghdad, one in Dhi Qar, one in Diwaniya and two in Basra. As a sign they were increasing their attacks there was also a rocket attack upon the Irbil airport which killed two civilians and wounded another eight including a U.S. soldier. Five days later rockets rained down upon the Balad Air Base in Salahaddin that wounded two contractors. The last missile attack was on January 22 when the Baghdad airport was hit.

 

Since December attacks by the Islamic State have been in the teens or single digits. During the third week of February there were 13 incidents spread across Babil (1), Baghdad (1), Ninewa (1), Salahaddin (1), Kirkuk (3), and Diyala (6).

 

A total of 11 people were killed made up of 1 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 3 civilians and 7 Hashd al-Shaabi. Another 23 were wounded including 1 U.S. soldier, 4 ISF, 9 civilians and 9 Hashd.

 

In Babil the insurgents were able to kill Kataib Hezbollah’s special forces commander with in an IED bombing in Jurf al-Sakhr. Two other Hashd were wounded. During the spring IS announced a war of attrition against the security forces and it has been targeting officers as part of that campaign.

 

A suicide bomber was reportedly arrested in Baghdad. This was likely an attempt to commit another mass casualty bombing in the capital. Luckily the security forces prevented it.

 

Diyala remains the center of Islamic State activity in Iraq. There was a sniper incident, a gun battle, a village hit by mortar fire, a kidnapping, a police station was hit by a rocket, and a village was assaulted. One of these attacks occurred in the Azim area in the northwest, two were in Muqdadiya in the center and the rest were in Khanaqin in the northeast.

 

All three incidents in Kirkuk took place in the Daquq district in the south. An army convoy was hit by an IED, a suicide bomber was killed, an a civilian was shot and killed. An IED was reported in the Hamam al-Aleel area south of Mosul and another in the Tuz Kharmato district of eastern Salahaddin. Violence has been down in these provinces as part of the winter decline.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Feb 1-7

Feb 8-14

Feb 15-21

Anbar

4

-

-

Babil

2 Pro-Iran

-

1

Baghdad

1

3/2 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

Basra

-

-

2 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

6

5

6

Irbil

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Kirkuk

3

1

3

Ninewa

2

-

1

Salahaddin

1

1

2/1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

20/2 Pro-Iran

11/3 Pro-Iran

20/7 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Feb 1-7

Feb 8-14

Feb 15-21

Anbar

4 (4W)

-

-

Babil

-

-

3 (1K, 2W)

Baghdad

-

-

6 (3K, 3W)

Diyala

22 (9K, 13W)

2 (1K, 1W)

9 (3K, 6W)

Irbil

-

-

10 (2K, 8W)

Kirkuk

7 (1K, 6W)

5 (3K, 2W)

4 (2K, 2W)

Salahaddin

1 (1K)

5 (5W)

2 (2W)

TOTAL

32 (11K, 23W)

12 (4K, 8W)

34 (11K, 23W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups 2020-21

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

1/8/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

1/9/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED dismantled – Dhi Qar

1/18/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

1/20/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

1/21/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

1/22/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport/Jihad

1/26/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

1/31/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

January Totals – 13

2/4/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

2/7/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

2/8/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

2/10/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

2/11/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

2/15/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

Rockets – Irbil Airport – 2 Killed, 8 Wounded

2/17/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

2/18/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwanya

2/19/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

2/20/21

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 2 Wounded

 

February Totals - 12

 

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

11

4

1

3

-

1

1

-

-

Feb

13

1

2

3

-

1

1

-

-

 

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

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Feb

5

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

2020

Totals

43

77

5

10

4

3

3

-

1

Jan 2021

1

5

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Feb

-

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

2020

Totals

82

41

30

13

3

5

4

-

-

Jan 2021

4

3

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

Feb

1

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

           

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

Jan 8-14

17/3

12

6

Jan 15-21

20/3

52

133

Jan 22-28

10/3

13

12

Jan 29-31

9/1

2

6

JAN

77/13

92

176

Feb 1-7

19/2

11

23

Feb 8-14

11/3

4

8

Feb 15-21

20/7

11

23

 

Violence By Province Feb 15-21, 2021

Province

Violence

Babil

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Hashd

2 Wounded

2 Hashd

 

1 IED

Baghdad

2/1 Pro-Iran Incident

3 Killed

3 Hashd

3 Wounded

1 ISF

2 Hashd

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

Basra

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

6 Incidents

3 Killed

3 Hashd

6 Wounded

1 ISF

5 Hashd

 

3 Shootings

1 Mortar

1 Rocket

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

8 Wounded

1 US Soldier

7 Civilians

 

1 Rockets

Kirkuk

3 Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

1 Suicide Bomber Killed

Ninewa

1 Incident

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran Incident

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 IED
1 Rockets

 

SOURCES

 

Ali, Sura, "Rocket attack on Baghdad airport a bid for US attention: analyst," Rudaw, 1/23/22

- "Three PMF fighters killed, five injured in ISIS attack in Diyala," Rudaw, 2/18/21

 

Bas News, "IED Blast Kills Iraqi Soldier in Daquq," 2/15/21

Bas New- "Tuz Khurmatu: Bomb Blast Reported," 2/17/21

 

Al Forat, "Regional Health: 3 wounded in the bombing of Erbil, including a guard for a foreign consulate," 2/15/21

 

IM Lebanon News, “The Pentagon: An American civilian was killed and 6 others were wounded, including an American soldier, in the missile strike on Erbil,” 2/15/21

 

Iraq Newspaper, "ISIS terrorist targets Jalawla Police Station with two missiles and the Hummer bombing in Mosul, and publishes two statements about them," 2/19/21

 

Al Masalah, "AN IED attack targets an international coalition convoy, wounding a guard," 2/15/21

 

NINA, "A civilian kidnapped near Muqdadiya in Diyala," 2/19/21

NI-"A convoy of logistical support for the International Coalition forces targeted in Basra," 2/19/21

- "An Explosive Device Explodes Targeting A Military Vehicle South Of Mosul," 2/18/21

- "The Hezbollah Brigades announce the martyrdom of one of their leaders north of Babylon," 2/20/21

- "An Iraqi contractor was wounded by the bombing of an American company inside the Balad Air Base with missiles," 2/20/21

- "An ISIS Attack On A Village In Diyala Thwarted," 2/20/21

- "PMF Repel An Attack Launched By ISIS, Khanaqin, Diyala," 2/17/21

- "A policeman was wounded by a sniper fire in Diyala," 2/15/21

- "Three soldiers were killed and wounded south of Kirkuk," 2/15/21

- "Two mortar shells fell on a liberated area, northeast of Baqubah," 2/18/21

 

Al Noor, "Targeting a convoy to support the International Coalition with an explosive device on the Nasiriya highway," 2/17/21

 

NRT, "At Least Three Rockets Fired At Erbil, Killing Contractor At Coalition Airbase And Wounding Nine Other People," 2/16/21

- "Man Wounded In Erbil Rocket Attack Dies, Bringing Death Toll To Two," 2/22/21

 

Shafaaq News, "A civilian was killed by ISIS bullets in Kirkuk," 2/18/21

- "A security force kills a suicide bomber who tried to blow himself up in Daquq," 2/18/21

- "Two wounded in the bombing of Balad base with Katyusha rockets," 2/20/21

 

Al Sumaria, "A bomb targeting a convoy to support the international coalition on the Basra highway," 2/18/21

- "An explosive device targets an international coalition convoy on the Diwaniya road," 2/18/21

 

Xinhua, "6 IS militants, 4 paramilitary members killed in Iraq," 2/20/21

 

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