Monday, May 24, 2021

Security In Iraq May 15-21, 2021


Attacks by both the Islamic State and pro-Iran groups dropped during the third week of May. It’s too early to tell whether this was a temporary dip or whether the campaigns by the two groups are continuing. If this does mark the end of the IS Ramadan offensive it would be the latest example of how far the insurgency has fallen.

 

There were 15 security incidents reported from May 15-21. That was down from 30 the week before and 36 the first week of May. Incidents were high during the month because the Islamic State began its annual Ramadan offensive at the end of April. Groups aligned with Tehran also started their own campaign in December. Violence often goes up and down in Iraq so only the following weeks will tell whether these groups are winding down their operations or whether this was just a temporary decline.


 

Pro-Iran groups only carried out two attacks during the week. Two convoys carrying supplies for the U.S. were bombed in Dhi Qar and Diwaniya. The majority of attacks by these groups are aimed at these soft targets. Reuters reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force is creating new small units from Hashd fighters which will be directly under their command. They have been sending them to Lebanon for training with Hezbollah. This is exactly what Iran did before during the U.S. occupation with the Mahdi Army, Special Groups, Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and led to the creation of Kataib Hezbollah. The last two and others have already been creating a plethora of new organizations that lay claim to these attacks so they can deny responsibility. It’s unclear whether Tehran is creating its own groups or just trying to support the ones that already exist to try to regain its influence upon these factions which have gone off in their own directions since Quds Force commander General Qasim Soleimani was killed in January 2020.

 

13 incidents were by the Islamic State. They happened across Diyala (6), Kirkuk (3), Ninewa (2), and Salahaddin (2).

 

They caused just 3 deaths and 3 wounded, likely the lowest casualty count since 2003. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi and 2 civilians were killed and another 1 civilian and 2 soldiers were injured.

 

There were no attacks in Anbar, Babil and Baghdad and only 2 in Ninewa. These are all side fronts for IS. Anbar and Ninewa are important for logistics, but none of them see much violence.

 

Diyala remains the center of IS activity in Iraq. There were six incidents. That included two power towers being destroyed, a checkpoint attacked, a kidnapping, and an army post being hit by mortars. This week incidents were spread around. There was one in Khanaqin and two in Muqdadiya two strongholds of the insurgency, but also ones in Baquba, the north and south.

 

Kirkuk and Salahaddin are secondary fronts. In the former crops were burned, there was a gun battle and a shooting, and in the latter a sheikh was assassinated and another shoot out. Both provinces have well known IS bases in southern Kirkuk and the Hamrin Mountains of Salahaddin but attacks wildly fluctuate in both. The militants appear to be more interested in rebuilding their cadres than taking on the government in these areas.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

May 8-14

May 15-21

Anbar

3/2 Pro-Iran

5/3 Pro-Iran

-

Babil

2/1 Pro-Iran

1

-

Baghdad

3/1 Pro-Iran

2

-

Basra

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Dhi Qar

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

9

9

6

Irbil

-

1

-

Kirkuk

10

3

3

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Ninewa

4

1

2

Salahaddin

3/2 Pro-Iran

6

2

TOTAL

36/8 Pro-Iran

30/5 Pro-Iran

15/2 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

May 8-14

May 15-21

Anbar

5 (2K, 3W)

2 (2K)

-

Babil

2 (1K, 1W)

-

-

Baghdad

12 (12K)

-

-

Diyala

7 (2K, 5W)

9 (1K, 8W)

1 (1K)

Irbil

-

2 (1K, 1W)

-

Kirkuk

35 (15K, 20W)

8 (2K, 6W)

1 (1K)

Ninewa

4 (1K, 3W)

1 (1W)

3 (3W)

Salahaddin

5 (5W)

17 (8K, 9W)

1 (1K)

TOTAL

70 (33K, 37W)

39 (14K, 25W)

6 (3K, 3W)

 

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

5/8/21 – Rockets – Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad Base

5/11/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

5/13/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

5/14/21 - IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

5/18/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar, Diwaniya

 

May Totals – 15 – 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

15

4

3

8

-

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

-

-

-

-

-

Mar

4

5

2

2

-

-

-

-

-

Apr

7

4

3

2

1

3

1

-

-

May

12

5

7

-

-

-

2

-

-

 

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

6

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

8

1

4

2

-

-

-

-

-

           

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

May 8-14

30/5

14

25

May 15-21

15/2

3

3

 

Violence By Province May 8-14, 2021

Province

Violence

Dhi Qar

1 Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

1 Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

6 Incidents

1 Killed

1 Hashd

 

1 Shooting

2 IEDs

1 Mortar

1 Motorcycle Bomb Dismantled

1 Bicycle Bomb Dismantled

Kirkuk

3 Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

2 Shootings

1 Mortar

1 Crops Burned

Ninewa

2 Incidents

3 Wounded

1 Civilian

2 ISF

 

2 IEDs

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

2 Shootings

 

SOURCES

 

Al Alam, "The 56th Hashd Brigade fends off an ISIS attack southwest of Kirkuk

 

Bas News, "Firefighters Save Crops from IS Deliberate Fire in a Kirkuk Village," 5/17/21

- "IS Militants Kill Iraqi Tribal Leader in Planned Attack," 5/22/21

 

Davison, John and Rasheed, Ahmed, “In tactical shift, Iran grows new, loyal elite from among Iraqi militias: Reuters,” 5/21/21

 

NINA, "A civilian kidnapped near Al-Wajih district in Diyala," 5/20/21

- "Diyala-Mersad Power Line, Coming From Iran, Subjected To Sabotage," 5/16/21

- "An element of Al-Sahwa was killed in an ISIS attack on a station in Diyala Governorate," 5/19/21

- "High-Ranking Officer Wounded By An IED's Explosion Southwest Mosul," 5/19/21

- "A Mosul Woman Wounded By An Explosive Device, East Of Mosul," 5/16/21

 

Shafaaq News, "5 people were killed and wounded in an accident in Mosul and foiled a bombing in Diyala," 5/21/21

- "A civilian was killed in an armed attack, and a girl committed suicide in Baghdad and Kirkuk," 5/18/21

- "The fall of an Iraqi tribal leader in a confrontation with ISIS and two of the attackers were killed and wounded (update)," 5/21/21

- "A high-ranking army officer and his escort were wounded by an explosion targeting a military vehicle near Mosul (photos)," 5/19/21

- "Mortar shelling targets an army post east of Diyala," 5/21/21

- "A second bombing targets an international coalition convoy in southern Iraq," 5/18/21

 

Al Sumaria, "Security forces thwarted bombing attempt in Diyala," 5/15/21

 

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