Monday, May 31, 2021

Security In Iraq May 22-28, 2021


Attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq declined for the second week. There was a spike at the end of April for the annual Ramadan offensive, but it appears that might be over already in the shortest campaign by the group. On the other hand pro-Iran factions are continuing their operations against the United States.

 

There were a total of 20 incidents recorded in Iraq from May 22-28. 9 of those were by groups working with Iran while 11 were by the Islamic State.

 

There were 3 deaths and 24 wounded during the week. 1 civilian and 2 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed and 10 ISF and 14 civilians were injured. Anbar had the most casualties with 12.


 

Pro-Iran groups hit convoys working for the U.S. in Anbar, Babil, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, and Muthanna twice. One person was wounded in the incident in Anbar. A roadside bomb was found in Diwaniya as well and disarmed. Rockets were also fired at the Ain Al-Asad base in Anbar, and rockets were discovered in a Baghdad neighborhood and dismantled. There have been a total of 24 incidents by these groups in May. There were 27 the month before. These harassing attacks are meant to limit the movement of U.S. forces in Iraq and their cooperation with the Iraqi forces. They have also recently led American contractors servicing the Iraqi Air Force’s F-16s to leave which will make the planes mostly inoperable.

 

Islamic State attacks occurred in Anbar (2), Babil (1), Baghdad (2), Diyala (1), Kirkuk (2), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (2).

 

During the first week of May there were 28 attacks by the Islamic State, followed by 25 the next week. Then they dropped to 13 from May 15-21 and just 11 from May 22-28. This could mark the end of IS’s Ramadan offensive. If so it only lasted for one month. That would be the latest sign that the organization is barely holding on in Iraq. Weapons caches are constantly found by the Iraqi forces. The U.S. says it has a large amount of cash. The group could be holding off on large operations while it tries to rebuild. It’s showing over the last year however might mean it simply doesn’t have the assets to carry out attacks even if it wanted to.

 

The biggest incident of the week was a car bomb in the Haditha district of Anbar. That wounded 9 people. After that there was a shootout in northern Baghdad that led to the death of one soldier, and another in southern Kirkuk that wounded 3 police. After that everything else were IEDs and low level shootings. The vehicle bomb was a rarity. There was one during the third week of April that marked the start of IS’s campaign. Those were the only two for the year. Before that there hadn’t been one since September 2020. During its previous low points the group was always able to deploy a steady pace of car bombs across central Iraq. Now those have almost disappeared once again showing how far the groups has fallen.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

May 8-14

May 15-21

May 22-28

Anbar

3/2 Pro-Iran

5/3 Pro-Iran

-

4/2 Pro-Iran

Babil

2/1 Pro-Iran

1

-

2/1 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

3/1 Pro-Iran

2

-

3/1 Pro-Iran

Basra

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

-

Dhi Qar

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

Diyala

9

9

6

1

Irbil

-

1

-

-

Kirkuk

10

3

3

2

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

2 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

4

1

2

1

Salahaddin

3/2 Pro-Iran

6

2

2

TOTAL

36/8 Pro-Iran

30/5 Pro-Iran

15/2 Pro-Iran

20/9 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

May 8-14

May 15-21

May 22-28

Anbar

5 (2K, 3W)

2 (2K)

-

12 (12W)

Babil

2 (1K, 1W)

-

-

-

Baghdad

12 (12K)

-

-

2 (2K)

Diyala

7 (2K, 5W)

9 (1K, 8W)

1 (1K)

2 (2W)

Irbil

-

2 (1K, 1W)

-

-

Kirkuk

35 (15K, 20W)

8 (2K, 6W)

1 (1K)

7 (1K, 6W)

Ninewa

4 (1K, 3W)

1 (1W)

3 (3W)

2 (2W)

Salahaddin

5 (5W)

17 (8K, 9W)

1 (1K)

2 (2W)

TOTAL

70 (33K, 37W)

39 (14K, 25W)

6 (3K, 3W)

27 (3K, 24W)

 

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

5/23/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar – 1 wounded, Babil, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, Muthanna

5/24/21 – Rockets – Anbar’ Ain Al-Asad Base

5/27/21 – IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna, Diwaniya

5/28/21 – Rockets dismantled - Baghdad

 

May Totals – 24 – 2 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

5

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

13

6

8

-

-

-

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

8

4

2

2

-

-

-

-

-

Apr

10

6

6

1

1

1

-

-

-

May

9

2

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

May 22-28

29/9

3

24

 

Violence By Province May 22-28, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

4/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

12 Wounded

2 ISF

10 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

1 Car Bomb

1 Rocket

Babil

2/1 Pro-Iran

 

1 IED

1 Motorcycle Bomb Dismantled

Baghdad

3/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

 

2 Shootings

1 Rockets

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Diyala

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 IED

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

6 Wounded

6 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

Muthanna

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Ninewa

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Iraq: Two Bomb Blasts Hit US-led Coalition Convoys," 5/23/21

- "Iraqi Officer Killed by Roadside Bomb Blast in Kirkuk," 5/27/21

- "An ISIS attack thwarted north of Salah al-Din," 5/26/21

- "A man and a child were wounded by an explosive device, south of Mosul," 5/26/21

- "Three Iraqi Policemen Injured While Repelling IS Attack in Kirkuk," 5/24/21

 

Al Bawaba, "Roadside Bomb Target Four US Convoys in Iraq," 5/23/21

 

NINA, "The assassination of a civilian activist north of Baghdad," 5/22/21

- "A motorcycle bomb was seized in the city of Hilla," 5/25/21

- "Two civilians injured in an explosive device explosion east of Baqubah," 5/23/21

 

Reuters, "Iraq's Ain al-Asad base, where US forces work, attacked with rocket: US Coalition," 5/24/21

 

Shafaaq News, "The army repels an ISIS attack and kills one of its members north of Baghdad," 5/28/21

- "A bomb exploded on Iraqi forces, leaving two wounded in Anbar," 5/28/21

- "A bombing targets a logistical convoy of the International Coalition in southern Iraq," 5/27/21

- "Thwarting an attack on the international coalition in Diwaniya … and destroying ISIS targets in Diyala," 5/27/21

- "Two Iraqi soldiers were injured in an explosion east of Salahaddin," 5/27/21

 

Al Sumaria, "Pictured: A missile launcher dismantled in Baghdad," 5/28/21

- "Wounded in a car bomb explosion in Anbar," 5/25/21

 

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