Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Security In Iraq Jun 15-21, 2021


The Islamic State was busy during the third week of June carrying out 20 attacks in Iraq. Its main target was infrastructure with a series of bombings of power towers. Pro-Iran groups were responsible for four incidents as well in their continued campaign against American targets.

 

There was a total of 24 security incidents recorded in Iraq from June 15-21. That was the most since 30 incidents during May 8-14 when IS was carrying out its very short Ramadan offensive.


 

There were four incidents by pro-Iran factions. Two convoys carrying supplies for the U.S. were hit by IEDs in Anbar and Diwaniya. A third bomb was discovered and dismantled in Baghdad. Rockets were also fired at the Ain Al-Asad base in Anbar. Trucking is the main target of these groups because they are easy to hit. Those attacks used to just be in the south but have since expanded to central Iraq and Baghdad. Rocket fire has become a mainstay as well.

 

There were 20 incidents by the Islamic State during the week. Those occurred in Anbar (1), Baghdad (3), Diyala (8), Kirkuk (2), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (5).

That was up from 12 incidents the week before and the most since the 2nd week of May.

 

Casualties rose as well. There were 14 killed made up of 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 6 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 7 Civilians along with 14 wounded including 3 ISF, 4 Hashd, and 7 civilians. Diyala had the most casualties with 16. The other provinces were in single figures.

 

There was just one incident each in Anbar and Ninewa. A checkpoint was shot at in the Rutba district of Anbar, while an IED wounded a civilian in Shura in southern Ninewa. These two provinces are used for supplies by the insurgency and only see a few attacks per week as a result.

 

IS cells are back to work in Baghdad. There was a gun battle in Tarmiya in the north which is the main base for the militants in the province. An IED went off in the south and another bomb was dismantled before it could blow up an electricity tower. The incident in the south is important. For two years the insurgents mounted a concerted campaign to infiltrate into Baghdad city from the north, south and west. Then they gave up and only recently restarted attacks in Tarmiya. If it has cells working again in the south that would be a new escalation.

 

Kirkuk and Salahaddin have major IS bases but violence constantly fluctuates there. The previous week Kirkuk had the most incidents of any province. This week there were just two IEDs. One of those blew up a power station. Salahaddin only had one attack during the first two weeks of June and then 5 this week. There were three bombings of electricity towers, along with two other IEDs. The power network was the major target of IS during the week. It’s summertime in Iraq where the temperatures regularly cross 100 degrees Fahrenheit so taking out the delivery of power has an immediate impact upon the population and seeks to undermine the standing of the government.

 

Diyala had the most attacks during the week which is the norm. Two electricity towers were blown up in one incident. There were two other IEDs, three checkpoints were assaulted, and a soldier was kidnapped and stabbed to death. One incident was in Khanaqin in the northeast and four others were in Muqdadiya in the center. Those are the most violent areas of the country.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jun 1-7

Jun 8-14

Jun 15-21

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran

1

3/2 Pro-Iran

Babil

-

1

-

Baghdad

5/2 Pro-Iran

4/3 Pro-Iran

4/1 Pro-Iran

Basra

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

-

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

2

3/1 Pro-Iran

8

Irbil

-

1

-

Kirkuk

-

5

2

Muthanna

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Ninewa

1

1

1

Salahaddin

1

2 Pro-Iran

5

TOTAL

12/5 Pro-Iran

22/10 Pro-Iran

24/4 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jun 1-7

Jun 8-14

Jun 15-21

Baghdad

28 (5K, 23W)

1 (1K)

3 (2K, 1W)

Dhi Qar

-

3 (3W)

-

Diyala

5 (1K, 4W)

3 (2K, 1W)

16 (10K, 6W)

Irbil

-

3 (1K, 2W)

-

Kirkuk

-

4 (3K, 1W)

3 (3W)

Ninewa

2 (2W)

-

1 (1W)

Salahaddin

-

-

5 (2K, 3W)

TOTAL

35 (6K, 29W)

14 (7K, 7W)

28 (14K, 14W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups 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

 

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

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

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

January Totals – 12 (1)

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

 

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’s Al-Assad 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

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

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – 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

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

3/29/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

3/30/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

3/31/21

IED dismantled – Diwaniya

 

March Totals – 19(1)

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

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

4/7/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil x2

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – 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 – Irbil Airport

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – 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

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

4/28/21

Gunfire checkpoint – Anbar

4/29/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

 

April Totals – 26 (1)

5/2/21

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – 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

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – 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

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

5/23/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar – 1 Wounded

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

5/24/21

Rockets – Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad Base

5/27/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

5/28/21

Rockets dismantled – Baghdad

 

May Totals – 22 (1) – 2 Wounded

6/3/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

6/6/21

Drone Attack – Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad Base

 

Rockets Intercepted – Baghdad International Airport

6/8/21

IED dismantled – Dhi Qar

6/9/21

Drone Attack – Baghdad’s International Airport

 

Rockets – Salahaddin’s Balad Air Base

6/11/21

Rockets dismantled – Diyala

6/13/21

Drone Attack – Baghdad’s International Airport

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin – 3 wounded

6/14/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

6/16/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

 

IED dismantled – Baghdad

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

6/20/21

Rockets – Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad Base

 

June Totals – 15(3) – 3 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

20

6

3

9

-

2

2

-

-

Jun

6

5

1

4

-

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

16

10

8

1

-

1

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

5

4

3

-

-

-

-

-

Jun

1

12

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

May 8-14

31/5

14

25

May 15-21

15/2

3

3

May 22-28

20/9

3

24

May 29-31

11

6

11

MAY

113/24

59

100

Jun 1-7

12/5

6

29

Jun 8-14

22/10

7

7

Jun 15-21

24/4

14

14

 

Violence By Province Jun 15-21, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

3/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

1 Rockets

Baghdad

4/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 Shootings

3 IEDs

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

8 Incidents

10 Killed

1 Hashd

3 Civilians

6 ISF

6 Wounded

1 Hashd

5 Civilians

 

4 Shootings

4 IEDs

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

3 Wounded

3 ISF

 

2 IEDs

Ninewa

1 Incident

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

5 Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

3 Wounded

3 Hashd

 

12 IEDs

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "IS Attacks Power Station in Kirkuk," 6/20/21

- "IS Intensifies Attacks to Take Down Power Grids in Iraq," 6/16/21

- "Roadside Bomb Hits Coalition Supply Convoy in Iraq," 6/16/21

- "Suspected IS Bomb Blast Kills Two Brothers in Tuz Khurmatu," 6/19/21

- "Three Iraqi Soldiers Killed in IS Roadside Bomb Attack," 6/16/21

 

Buratha News, "Thwarting a terrorist attack on an army security point in western Anbar," 6/15/21

 

NINA, "A Body Of A Soldier Found Hours After His Disappearance In Diyala," 6/19/21

- "A Civilian Injured BY An IED Targeted His Vehicle In Diyala," 6/17/21

- "ISIS Targets, With Sniper Weapons, A Thermal Camera Northeast of Baquba," 6/18/21

- "Security Forces Open An Investigation Into The Death Of Two Citizens In An IED South Of Baghdad," 6/20/21

- "Three soldiers were killed and wounded in an explosive device explosion in Diyala," 6/15/21

- "Three soldiers were wounded by an explosive device, south of Kirkuk," 6/19/21

- "A young man was injured in an explosive device explosion south of Mosul," 6/16/21

 

NRT, "Rocket Targets Iraq Base Hosting US Troops: Security Source," 6/20/21

 

Shafaq News, "3 members of the crowd were injured in an explosion in Salahaddin,” 6/17/21

- "The bombing of two energy towers reduces electrical supply in Iraqi cities," 6/18/21

- "Diyala .. ISIS attack kills a policeman," 6/15/21

- "An explosion targets a support convoy for the international coalition in southern Iraq," 6/16/21

- "Thwarting an explosion prepared to target a support column for the International Coalition, west of Baghdad," 6/16/21

- "Unidentified persons blow up 9 power towers, causing power outages in 3 governorates," 6/16/21

- "A victim and two wounded form the Defense Mobilization in clashes with ISIS in Diyala," 6/20/21

 

Sotaliraq, "Wounded in an attack by armed men believed to belong to ISIS on a house north of Baghdad," 6/19/21

 

Al Sumaria, "An employee of the Interior Ministry was injured in an armed attack north of Baghdad," 6/17/21

- "Seven people were killed and injured in an attack on a mooring point in Diyala," 6/20/21

- "Thwarting an attempt to blow up a high-pressure tower north of Baghdad," 6/19/21

 

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