Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Security In Iraq Mar1-7, 2021


Violence remained at a low level in Iraq during the first week of March. Since November attacks have been fluctuating between single digits and the teens. There were 19 total from March 1-7. 5 of those were by pro-Iran groups leaving just 14 by the Islamic State. On the other hand, factions aligned with Tehran have continued a steady pace of operations.


 

Four convoys carrying supplies for the U.S. were hit by IEDs at the start of March. Those occurred in Babil, Baghdad, Diwaniya and Muthanna. There was another rocket attack as well, this time targeting the Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar. Since December pro-Iran groups have increased their attacks. Originally this was due to the anniversary of the killings of Hashd leader Abu Muhandis and head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force General Qasim Soleimani. Now Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq have been trying to assert their control over all the various factions. Part of that is by carrying out assaults on U.S. targets to show that they are the leaders.

 

The 14 Islamic State attacks took place in Anbar (1), Baghdad (2), Kirkuk (3), Salahaddin (3) and Diyala (5).

 

They left 5 dead and 8 wounded. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi and 4 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed along with 1 civilian, 1 Hashd and 6 ISF that were injured.

 

There were only a few incidents that stood out during the week. In Anbar’s Rutba district the insurgents attacked a group of sheep herders killing one and kidnapping another. That was likely to extort money from the men. In Tarmiya in northern Baghdad another officer was killed by sniper fire. In the spring of 2020 IS announced a war of attrition against the security forces and targeting officers has been one part of that. The biggest attack was in the Samarra district of Salahaddin where there was an hour long gun battle when the Islamic State attacked an army camp. There were no casualties but it did show that despite the low number of incidents the group was still capable of carrying out a bold attack now and then to directly challenge the government.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Mar 1-7

Anbar

2/1 Pro-Iran

Babil

1 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

3/1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

5

Kirkuk

3

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

3

TOTAL

20/2 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Mar 1-7

Anbar

1 (1W)

Baghdad

1 (1K)

Diyala

4 (4W)

Kirkuk

4 (1K, 3W)

Salahaddin

3 (3K)

TOTAL

13 (5K, 8W)

 

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

3/2/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

3/3/21

Rockets – Anbar A-Asad Air Base

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

 

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

-

-

Mar

2

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

2

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Mar

-

3

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

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

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Mar

2

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

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

Mar 1-7

19/5

5

8

 

Violence By Province Mar 1-7, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

2/1 Pro-Iran Incident

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 Shooting

1 Rockets

Babil

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Baghdad

3/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

2 IEDs

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

5 Incidents

4 Wounded

4 ISF

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

1 Mortar

Kirkuk

3 Incidents

1 Killed

1 Hashd

3 Wounded

1 Hashd

2 ISF

 

3 IEDs

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

3 Incidents

3 Killed

3 ISF

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Two Bomb Blasts Hit Baghdad," 3/7/21

- "Two Coalition Convoys Carrying Logistic Supplies Targeted in Southern Iraq," 3/3/21


Haboush, Joseph, "One US civilian contractor killed in Iraq rocket attack: Pentagon," Al Arabiya, 3/3/21

 

Al Hurra, "An explosive device exploded in Kirkuk targeting a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces," 3/4/21

 

Iraq Newspaper, "The command of the Salahaddin SWAT regiment miraculously escaped death from an ISIS bomb," 3/3/21

 

Al Maalomah, "A group of ISIS attacks sheep herders in western Anbar," 3/6/21

 

Al Mada, "ISIS returns to attack security sites in Salahaddin after a month-long lull," 3/8/21

 

NINA, "An agricultural village south of Buhriz was subjected to a mortar attack," 3/1/21

- "An Armed Gang Storms A Money Exchange Office And Robs Large Sums Of Money In Diyala" 3/1/21

- "The Director of the Civil Customs office of the port of Al-Mandhriya survived an assassination attempt," 3/4/21

- "An Officer And A Soldier Wounded By An Explosive Device In Diyala," 3/4/21

- "An Officer Killed By A Sniper Fire In Tarmiyah," 3/7/21

- "The PMF Rebel An ISIS Attack In Tal Al-Dhahab In Salah Al-Din," 3/7/21

- "Two fighters were killed and wounded when an explosive device exploded south of Kirkuk," 3/3/21

- "Two soldiers were wounded by a sniper fire northeast of Baqubah," 3/3/21

 

Shafaaq News, "A bombing targets a logistical support convoy for the international coalition in Iraq," 3/2/21

- "An intelligence officer was injured in an explosion in Kirkuk," 3/5/21

 

Al Sumaria, "An explosive device targets an international coalition convoy in Baghdad," 3/3/21

- "Three members of the Federal Police were killed by sniper fire in Al Dhuluiya," 3/3/21

 

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