Monday, March 8, 2021

IS Winter Break Continues In Feb While Pro-Iran Groups Picking Up Attacks


Violence in Iraq has been going in two directions over the last few months. Since November the Islamic State has been ramping down its operations in Iraq. By February 2021 the number of security incidents reached one of the lowest levels since the U.S. invasion. On the other hand, pro-Iran groups have picked up their attacks upon American targets during that same period.

 

There were a total of 63 incidents reported in the media during February. 16 of those were by pro-Tehran factions leaving just 47 by the Islamic State.


 

In November 2020 there was just one attack by groups aligned with Iran. Since then there have been 13 in December, 13 in January and 16 in February. The type of incidents have also grown more serious in February with three rocket attacks upon the Irbil Airport that left 2 dead and 8 wounded, one upon the Balad Air Base in Salahaddin that left 2 injured and upon Baghdad’s Green Zone. That was the most casualties since September 2020 when 6 died and 10 were wounded by these factions. Front groups always claim responsibility for these incidents but they are connected to Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah who appear to be competing to be the leader of these organizations since the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force General Qasim Soleimani and deputy head of the Hashd Commission Abu Muhandis.

 

The number of attacks by the Islamic State has gone from 86 in November 2020 to 71 in December to 64 in January and 47 in February. That last figure was one of the lowest monthly totals since 2003.

 

Insurgent attacks occurred across Babil (1), Salahaddin (3), Ninewa (4), Anbar (5), Baghdad (5), Kirkuk (8), and Diyala (21).

 

39 people were killed during the month consisting of 9 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 11 civilians and 19 Hashd al-Shaabi. Another 77 were wounded made up of 1 U.S. soldier, 11 civilians, 25 Hashd al-Shaabi and 40 ISF. In April IS announced a war of attrition against the security forces. That continued in February with 93 of the 116 casualties coming from the government’s forces.


 

In January IS appeared to be returning to Anbar. Not only were there weekly attacks but there were more serious like a series of gun battles. There were 10 incidents that month going down to 5 in February. An army convoy was shot at, there were two gun battles and a car bomb detonated while the security forces were attempting to disarm it. Still, it seems like the province returned to the norm and January was an outlier.


 

The same thing happened in Babil. In January there were 6 incidents, the most since May 2020. Then in February there was only one. That one attack was important because it killed the Special Forces commander of Kataib Hezbollah. This was the latest hit in the war of attrition where the militants have been targeting officers and commanders in the security forces.


 

Violence has remained steady in Baghdad over the last five months with 5-6 incidents per month. There was one shoot out in Tarmiya in the north, but otherwise all the other attacks were small in scale.


 

Attacks also remained the same in Diyala with 21 attacks in January and February each. There were 2 kidnappings, 2 attacks on towns, 3 checkpoints were assaulted and 3 gun battles. Most of these occurred in the Khanaqin district in the northeast which is the main base for IS in Iraq.


 

Kirkuk was the only province where incidents went up from 3 in January to 8 in February. Those were all routine shootings and IEDs.



 

Ninewa and Salahaddin saw the sharpest declines during the winter. Attacks went from 9 in January to 4 in February in Ninewa and 7 to 3 over those two months in Salahaddin. Ninewa has mostly been used as a transit point to bring in men and material from Syria so it has usually been quieter than other provinces. Salahaddin however has major bases in the southeast.

 

There could be various reason for IS’s hiatus during the winter. The group could be building up for its annual spring-summer offensive or it could be prioritizing rebuilding and preservation right now. The group has just suffered some major leadership losses with its commander for Iraq being killed at the end of January so it could be moving around its assets and personnel to protect them. Still this is all speculation for now.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Feb 1-7

Feb 8-14

Feb 15-21

Feb 22-28

FEB

Anbar

4

-

-

1

5

Babil

2 Pro-Iran

-

1

1 Pro-Iran

4/3 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

1

3/2 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

4/2 Pro-Iran

10/5 Pro-Iran

Basra

-

-

2 Pro-Iran

-

2 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

3 Pro-Iran

Diyala

6

5

6

4

21

Irbil

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

1 Pro-Iran

Kirkuk

3

1

3

1

8

Ninewa

2

-

1

1

4

Salahaddin

1

1

2/1 Pro-Iran

-

4/1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

20/2 Pro-Iran

11/3 Pro-Iran

20/7 Pro-Iran

13/4 Pro-Iran

63/16 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Feb 1-7

Feb 8-14

Feb 15-21

Feb 22-28

TOTALS

Anbar

4 (4W)

-

-

17 (7K, 10W)

21 (7K, 14W)

Babil

-

-

3 (1K, 2W)

-

3 (1K, 2W)

Baghdad

-

-

6 (3K, 3W)

1 (1K)

7 (4K, 3W)

Diyala

22 (9K, 13W)

2 (1K, 1W)

9 (3K, 6W)

5 (2K, 3W)

38 (15K, 23W)

Irbil

-

-

10 (2K, 8W)

-

10 (2K, 8W)

Kirkuk

7 (1K, 6W)

5 (3K, 2W)

4 (2K, 2W)

10 (10W)

26 (6K, 20W)

Ninewa

-

-

-

3 (3K)

3 (3K)

Salahaddin

1 (1K)

5 (5W)

2 (2W)

-

8 (1K, 7W)

TOTAL

32 (11K, 23W)

12 (4K, 8W)

34 (11K, 23W)

36 (13K 23W)

116 (39K, 77W)

 

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 – 17 wounded

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 – 3 killed, 19 wounded

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 – 1 wounded

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 – 1 killed

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 – 6 killed, 10 wounded

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 – 1 killed, 5 wounded

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 – 2 wounded

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 – Diwaniya

2/19/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

2/20/21

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 2 Wounded

2/22/21

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

2/25/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

2/26/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

2/27/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

February Totals – 16 – 2 killed, 10 wounded

 

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

16

2

3

3

-

2

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

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Feb

5

2

-

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

-

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

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

Feb 22-28

13/4

13

23

FEB

63/16

39

77

 

Violence By Province Feb, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

5 Incidents

7 Killed

7 Hashd

14 Wounded

7 Hashd

7 ISF

 

4 Shootings

1 Car Bomb

2 Suicide Bombers Killed

Babil

4/3 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 Hashd

2 Wounded

2 Hashd

 

4 IEDs

Baghdad

10/5 Pro-Iran Incidents

4 Killed

1 Civilian

3 Hashd

3 Wounded

1 ISF

2 Hashd

 

3 Shootings

7 IEDs

1 Rockets

Basra

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

3 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

3 IEDs

Diyala

21 Incidents

15 Killed

3 ISF

4 Civilians

8 Hashd

23 Wounded

2 Civilians

7 ISF

14 Hashd

 

16 Shootings

2 IEDs

1 Mortar

1 Rocket

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran Incident

2 Killed

2 Civilians

8 Wounded

1 USF Soldier

7 Civilians

 

1 Rockets

Kirkuk

8 Incidents

6 Killed

1 Civilian

5 ISF

20 Wounded

20 ISF

 

5 Shootings

2 IEDs

1 Mortar

1 Suicide Bomber Killed

Ninewa

4 Incidents

3 Killed

3 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

Salahaddin

4/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

7 Wounded

2 Civilians

5 ISF

 

1 Shooting

2 IEDs

1 Rockets

 

SOURCES

 

AIN, "Violent clashes between the Popular Mobilization Forces and ISIS in Anbar," 2/4/21

 

Bas News, "Bomb Blast Kills, Wounds 14 Iraqi Soldiers, Tribal Fighters," 2/28/21

- "IS Attacks Iraqi Forces in Anbar, Injures Two Soldiers," 2/7/21

 

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

 

Kittleson, Shelly, “Prominent Islamic State leaders killed in Iraq,” Al Monitor, 3/1/21

 

NINA, "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

 

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

- "Rockets Target US Embassy In Iraqi Capital: Military," 2/22/21

- "Seven Members Of Hashd Al-Ashairy Killed, Ten Wounded In Anbar," 2/28/21

 

Shafaaq News, "A joint security force kills two suicide bombers in Anbar," 2/4/21

- "Two wounded from the crowd in an ISIS attack in Anbar," 2/2/21

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

 

Al Sumaria, "Hashd repelled an attack by ISIS on a station of the crowd in Garma," 2/2/21

- "A soldier was wounded in an armed attack in Amiriya al-Fallujah," 2/6/21

 

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

 

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