Monday, May 10, 2021

Security In Iraq May 1-7, 2021


The Islamic State’s annual Ramadan offensive in Iraq continued into the first week of May. Pro-Iran groups were active as well. That led to the most incidents since May 2020.

 

There were a total of 36 security incidents reported in Iraq from May 1-7, 2021. That was the highest weekly total in a year’s time. 8 were by pro-Iran groups and 28 by the Islamic State. The latter matched the number of incidents during the 3rd week of April when IS started its new campaign. Groups aligned with Tehran have also been increasing their attacks since December.

 

A total of 33 people were killed made up of 2 civilians, 3 Hashd al-Shaabi, 8 Peshmerga and 20 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Another 37 people were injured including 1 foreign contractor, 1 civilian, 2 Hashd and 23 ISF. Kirkuk had the most casualties with 35.


 

The 8 incidents by pro-Iran groups occurred in Anbar (2), Babil (1), Baghdad (1), Basra (1), Muthanna (1), and Salahaddin (2). That consisted of IEDs on convoys working for the U.S. in Anbar, Babil, Basra, Muthanna, and Salahaddin, plus rocket attacks on Ain Al-Asad base in Anbar, Baghdad International Airport, and Balad Air Base in Salahaddin. That last attack wounded a foreign contractor.

 

Islamic State attacks were in Anbar (1), Babil (1), Baghdad (1), Diyala (9), Kirkuk (10), Nineaw (4), and Salahaddin (1).

 

Anbar, Babil, Baghdad and Ninewa remained secondary areas of Iraq for the insurgency. There was a rare shoot out in Arar, Anbar that left two soldiers dead and three wounded. There was an IED in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr district in the northeast that killed a soldier and injured another. There was a major confrontation with the security forces in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad which is a long time IS center. That left 10 soldiers and 1 Hashd dead. There was one more shooting in the province that killed a civilian. Finally, in Ninewa there were three IEDs and one gun battle. Anbar and Ninewa are used to move people and material back and forth with Syria and therefore are not major targets. IS hits Babil only about once a week looking for the security forces. Baghdad has occasional incidents in the outlying towns like Tarmiya where there’s still an IS presence. The group has largely given up infiltrating into Baghdad city itself.

 

There was an explosion of incidents at the start of May which then tapered off in Diyala. May 1 there were 6 incidents including four attacks on checkpoints, a kidnapping, an IED, and a power tower destroyed. Two more checkpoints were hit later in the month. four of the nine incidents were in the Muqdadiya district in the middle of the governorate. This is one of the major bases for the insurgency in Iraq.

 

Kirkuk was almost dormant from November to April. It has since exploded during the latest offensive. Like Diyala, IS hit big on May 1 with four confrontations with the security forces. One led to the deaths of 8 Peshmerga and 10 more wounded. The Bai Hassan oil field was bombed once again. The same thing happened in April. A field was also burned which occurred last year as the militants went after farmers.

 

There was only one attack in Salahaddin when an army patrol was hit by an IED. That resulted in four soldiers being injured.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

Anbar

3/2 Pro-Iran

Babil

2/1 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

3/1 Pro-Iran

Basra

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

9

Kirkuk

10

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

4

Salahaddin

3/2 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

36/8 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

Anbar

5 (2K, 3W)

Babil

2 (1K, 1W)

Baghdad

12 (12K)

Diyala

7 (2K, 5W)

Kirkuk

35 (15K, 20W)

Ninewa

4 (1K, 3W)

Salahaddin

5 (5W)

TOTAL

70 (33K, 37W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups 2021

 

Date - Incident - Location

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

4/8/21 – Rockets found – Anbar, Ain Al-Asad Base, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

4/13/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

4/14/21 – Drone/Rockets – Irbil Airport, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Dhi Qar

4/15/21 – Rockets – Dohuk Turkish Army Base – 1 Turk killed, 1 wounded

4/16/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

4/17/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

4/18/21 – Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 5 wounded

4/22/21 – Rockets – Baghdad’s Camp Victory

4/25/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

4/27/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya

4/28/21 – Gunfire checkpoint – Anbar

4/29/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

 

April Totals – 20 – 1 Killed (Turk), 6 Wounded

May

5/2/21 – Rockets – Baghdad’s International Airport, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Muthanna

5/3/21 – Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base – 1 wounded

5/4/21 – Rockets – Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad Base, IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

5/6/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar, Salahaddin

 

May Totals – 8 – 1 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

-

-

Mar

12

8

1

1

-

1

-

-

-

Apr

12

13

3

4

-

-

2

-

-

May

7

1

-

6

-

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

7

4

3

2

1

3

1

-

-

May

9

2

6

-

-

-

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

-

8

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

May

1

3

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

10

6

6

1

1

1

-

-

-

May

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

16/10

3

5

Apr 8-14

15/6

6

18

Apr 15-21

32/4

19

44

Apr 22-28

31/6

15

42

Apr 29-30

12/1

11

23

APR

107/27

54

132

May 1-7

36/8

33

37

 

Violence By Province May 1-7, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

11/7 Pro-Iran Incidents

4 Killed

2 Civilians

2 ISF

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

7 IEDs

1 Mortar

1 Car Bomb Dismantled

Babil

8/5 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Wounded

2 Hashd

 

2 Shootings

6 IEDs

Baghdad

7/3 Pro-Iran Incidents

7 Killed

1 ISF

6 Civilians

23 Wounded

2 ISF

21 Civilians

 

2 Shootings

3 IEDs

1 Car Bomb

1 Rockets

Dhi Qar

3 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

4 IEDs

Diwaniya

3 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

3 IEDs

Diyala

30 Incidents

13 Killed

3 Civilians

10 ISF

49 Wounded

2 Hashd

10 Civilians

37 ISF

 

12 Shootings

13 IEDs

4 Mortars

Dohuk

1 Pro-Iran Incident

1 Killed

1 Turkish Soldier

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 Rockets

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 Drone/Rocket

Kirkuk

14 Incidents

15 Killed

1 Civilian

1 Hashd

13 ISF

24 Wounded

5 Hashd

19 ISF

 

7 Shootings

4 IEDs

1 Suicide Bomber Killed

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Ninewa

8 Incidents

4 Killed

1 Hashd

3 Civilians

18 Wounded

5 Hashd

13 Civilians

 

8 IEDs

1 Rockets

Salahaddin

19/3 Pro-Iran Incidents

10 Killed

4 Civilians

6 ISF

14 Wounded

7 ISF

7 Civilians

 

10 Shootings

6 IEDs

2 Rockets

1 Mortar

Sulaymaniya

1 Incident

 

1 Rockets

 

SOURCES

 

Al Aalem, “Al Aalem investigates the causes of ISIS attacks in Kirkuk and the nature of the deployment of security forces,” 5/5/21

 

Agence France Presse, "18 Iraqis killed in multiple night-time extremist raids," 5/1/21

 

Bas News, "Diyala: IS Militants Set Farms on Fire as Harvesting Season Approaches," 5/6/21

- "One Iraqi Soldier Killed, Two Injured in IS Attack," 5/6/21

 

Iraq Newspaper, "In pictures, ISIS terrorist operatives launch an attack on the Peshmerga and 15 dead and wounded among them and captives and in Tuz Khurmatu, killing 9, including a company from the 59th Brigade and in Naft Khana," 5/1/21

- "Iran targets an American convoy at the Jerishan port in Basra, for the occupation convoy at the Kuwait border," 5/4/21

 

NINA, "2 Soldiers Wounded By Sniper Northwest Of Kirkuk," 5/6/21

- "A Civilian Injured When An IED Exploded South Of Mosul," 5/5/21

- "An explosive device exploded on a civilian vehicle southeast of Mosul," 5/2/21

- "An Officer And A Soldier Martyred And A Soldier Wounded In An ISIS Attack In Kirkuk," 5/4/21

- "A Policeman Wounded In An ISIS Attack On A Security Post In Diyala," 5/4/21

- "A soldier was killed, and another one was wounded by an explosive device north of Babylon," 5/7/21

- "A soldier was killed and two others were wounded by an explosive device in northwest of Mosul," 5/6/21

- "A Sweep Operation In Search of Two Farmers kidnapped By ISIS In Diyala," 5/1/21

- "Two convoys of logistical support for the US forces targeted in Salah al-Din and Anbar," 5/6/21

- "Two security personnel were wounded in an ISIS attack northwest of Baqubah," 5/2/21

- "Unidentified Gunmen Assassinate A Guard In Diyala," 5/4/21

 

NRT, "At Least Ten Soldiers Killed In Explosions North Of Baghdad," 5/1/21

- "Casualties Reported In ISIS Attack On Peshmerga In Disputed Areas," 5/1/21

- "One PMF Fighter Killed, Three Wounded In ISIS Attack In Kirkuk" 5/4/21

- "Rockets Target Iraqi Base Hosting US Contractors," 5/4/21

 

Shafaaq News, "Diyala .. ISIS hits Iran's power line and attacks the police," 5/1/21

- "ISIS attacks the Iraqi army in Makhmour," 5/1/21

- "Security forces repel an ISIS attack south of Kirkuk," 5/1/21

- "Thwarting two ISIS attacks on the crowd and the army in Diyala," 5/1/21

- "Two bombings target logistical support convoys for the international coalition in Iraq," 5/2/21

- "Wounded from the bombing of the Iraqi army east of Salahaddin," 5/2/21

 

Sotaliraq, "Victims in two ISIS attacks on Federal Police sites in Kirkuk," 5/1/21

 

Al Sumaria, "A shepherd killed in Tarmiya," 5/3/21

- "Targeting the vicinity of Baghdad airport with Katyusha rockets," 5/2/21

 

Tahir, Rawaz, Hussein, Mohammed, Otten, Cathy, “Insurgents bomb Bai Hassan oil field, exploiting security gaps,” Iraq Oil Report, 5/5/21

 

Xinhua, "2 rockets hit air base housing U.S.-led forces in western Iraq," 5/4/21

- "IS blows up 2 oil wells, kills 2 security members in northern Iraq," 5/5/21

 

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