Monday, April 12, 2021

Security In Iraq Apr 1-7, 2021


The first week of April was a first. That was because there were more attacks by pro-Iran groups in Iraq than by the Islamic State. There were a total of 16 security incidents reported with 11 by factions connected to Tehran. The insurgency on the other hand continues to sputter since the winter with just five attacks.


 

Pro-Tehran groups continued to attack convoys carrying supplies for the U.S. Ten of their eleven attacks were aimed at these targets across Anbar, three in Babil, two in Baghdad, two in Diwaniya, and one in Salahaddin. The Balad Air Base in Salahaddin which houses Americans was also hit by rockets. Originally almost all of these attacks were in the south but now these factions are spreading out to places like Anbar and Salahaddin to show that they can hit the U.S. anywhere in the country.

 

There were only 5 attacks by the Islamic State, which was one of the all-time weekly lows. Those occurred across Babil (1), Diyala (2), Kirkuk (1), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (2).

 

Those attacks left 3 dead and 5 wounded. 3 civilians lost their lives, 2 Hashd al-Shaabi were injured along with 3 civilians.

 

In Babil 2 Hashd were wounded by an IED in Jurf al-Sakhr. This district in the northeast is a major Kataib Hezbollah base which is routinely targeted by IS.

 

There was a shootout with the security forces and an IED in Diyala that left two injured. The first occurred in Khanaqin and the second in Muqdadiya. These are the two main areas the militants operate in. They have de facto control of many rural areas in those two districts.

 

There was a kidnapping in the Rashad district of southern Kirkuk. These have been happening lately. Usually it’s to extort money out of people.

 

One person was killed and another was wounded by a roadside bomb in Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul. There are few attacks in Ninewa as it is mostly used for logistics.

 

There was another kidnapping in the Tuz Kharmato district in eastern Salahaddin. Four men were taken with two of their bodies later found. There was a gun battle as well in between insurgents and tribal fighters in Tikrit. This is a rare event because IS is almost exclusively rural. They hardly ever venture into urban areas these days.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Apr 1-7

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran

Babil

4/3 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

2 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran

Diyala

2

Kirkuk

1

Ninewa

1

Salahaddin

4/3 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

16/11 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Apr 1-7

Babil

2 (2W)

Diyala

2 (2W)

Ninewa

2 (1K, 1W)

Salahaddin

2 (2K)

TOTAL

8 (3K, 5W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups 2020-21

 

Date - Incident - Location

Jan, 2020

1/4/21 - Mortar – Baghdad’s Jadriya – 5 wounded & Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 3 wounded, Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

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

Feb

2/15/20 - Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

2/21/20 - Rockets – Irbil’s Makhmour Base

 

February Totals - 2

Mar

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

Apr

4/6/20 - Rockets – Basra’s Burjisiya US company

4/18/20 - Rockets – Baghdad’s Nahrawan Chinese company

 

April Totals – 2

May

5/6/20 - Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

5/19/20 - Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

May Total – 2

Jun

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

Jul

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

7/23/20 - Drone and bomb found – Jadriya, Baghdad

7/24/20 - Rockets – Baghdad’s Besmaya Base

7/27/20 - Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji & 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

Aug

8/3/20 – Rockets - Baghdad’s Camp Taji/Meshada Dist

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, Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Taji

8/14/20 - Rockets – Baghdad International Airport & 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 – 21 – 1 killed

Sep

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 & 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 & Diwaniya

9/15/20 - IED on UK diplomatic convoy – Baghdad & 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 & Babil

9/18/20 - IED American Inst for English Learning – Najaf & 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, Salahaddin & Babil

9/27/20 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil & 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 – 30 – 6 killed, 10 wounded

Oct

10/1/20 - Rocket at convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar & Diwaniya

10/5/20 - Rockets – Baghdad International Airport/Jadriya

10/11/20 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

10/24/20 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

 

October Totals – 6

Nov

11/17/20 - Rockets – Baghdad's Green Zone 1 killed, 5 wounded

 

November Totals – 1 – 1 killed, 5 wounded

Dec

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, Dhi Qar & 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

Jan, 2021

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 & 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 - Rockets – Baghdad International Airport/Jihad, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

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

Feb

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 - Rockets – Irbil Airport – 2 Killed, 8 Wounded, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

2/17/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

2/18/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra & 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

Mar

3/2/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

3/3/21 - Rockets – Anbar’s Al-Asad Air Base, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad, Diwaniya & Muthanna

3/11/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

3/13/21 – Rockets - Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

3/15/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

3/18/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya & Muthanna

3/20/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

3/21/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

3/25/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil & Baghdad

3/29/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil & Dhi Qar

3/30/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar & Salahaddin

3/31/21 - IED dismantled – Diwaniya

 

March Totals – 20

Apr

4/1/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

4/4/21 – Rockets -  Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

4/5/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Baghdad & Diwaniya

4/7/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar, Babil x2 & Salahaddin

 

April Totals - 10

 

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

12

8

1

1

-

1

-

-

-

Apr

1

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

2

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Mar

4

5

2

2

-

-

-

-

-

Apr

-

-

-

-

-

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

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mar

2

3

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Apr

-

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

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Mar

8

4

2

2

-

-

-

-

-

Apr

1

-

1

-

-

1

-

-

-

           

Security In Iraq 2019-20

Week

Security

Incidents

(Total/By IS)

Dead

(Total/By IS)

Wounded

(Total/By IS)

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

Mar 8-14

12/2

13

15

Mar 15-21

24/6

8

7

Mar 22-28

14/2

8

13

Mar 29-31

9/5

2

1

MAR

79/20

39

44

Apr 1-7

16/20

3

5

 

Violence By Province Apr 1-7, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Babil

4/3 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Wounded

2 Hashd

 

4 IEDs

Baghdad

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Diyala

2 Incidents

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

Kirkuk

1 Incident

Ninewa

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Civilian

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

4/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

1 Rockets

 

FOOTNOTES

 

Bas News, "Clashes Erupt between Iraqi Tribal Fighters and IS Militants," 4/4/21

- "IS Militants Kidnap and Kill Two Fishermen in Diyala," 4/4/21

 

NINA, "A convoy of logistical support to the International Coalition forces targeted south of Baghdad," 4/5/21

- "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted In Diwaniyah," 4/4/21

- "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Targeted With An IED explosive device Near Babylon," 4/7/21

- "A Farmer Killed, His Father Wounded By An IED, South of Mosul," 4/3/21

- "ISIS elements kidnapped a civilian south of Kirkuk," 4/4/21

- "The PMF Announces ISIS Losses After Thwarting Its Exposure North Of Khanaqin," 4/2/21

- "Two civilians were wounded by an ISIS explosive device in Diyala," 4/7/21

- "Two explosive devices explode on two convoys in Babylon and Diwaniyah," 4/5/21

- "Two members of the Popular Mobilization Forces were wounded north of Hilla," 4/6/21

 

Shafaaq News, "The fourth of its kind within hours … an explosion targets a convoy of support for the international coalition in Iraq," 4/7/21

- "A new explosion targets an international coalition convoy west of Baghdad," 4/1/21

 

Xinhua, "2 rockets hit air base in Iraq's Salahudin province," 4/4/21

 

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