Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Security In Iraq June 2021


Violence in Iraq declined in June 2021 after the Islamic State’s short lived Ramadan offensive ended. Attacks by pro-Iran groups have also gone down since April.

 

There was a total of 83 security incidents recorded in Iraq in June. That was down from 113 in May and 107 in April. In March there were 79 incidents.

 

Those led to 36 killed and 87 wounded. 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 16 civilians and 18 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) died and 1 foreign national, 11 Hashd, 25 ISF and 50 civilians were injured. Baghdad had the most casualties with 47. That was a huge change from the usual status quo that sees Diyala with the most dead and wounded.


 

There were 17 incidents by pro-Iran groups. 10 convoys carrying supplies for the U.S. were hit by IEDs in Anbar (1), Baghdad (1), Basra (1), Dhi Qar (2), Diwaniya (2), Muthanna (1) and Salahaddin (2). There were also drone attacks upon Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad base, Baghdad International Airport twice, and in Irbil province. Rockets were fired at Ain al-Asad and Balad Air Base in Salahaddin. Some missiles were intercepted heading towards Baghdad Airport, IEDs were dismantled in Baghdad and Dhi Qar, and rockets were discovered in Diyala. Attacks by these factions peaked at 26 in April and have since gone down since. These groups are attempting to limit the U.S. presence in Iraq which has worked as the Americans are now focused upon protecting their forces rather than working with the Iraqi security forces. They ultimately want the U.S. out of Iraq and to give concessions to Tehran.

 

62 incidents were by the Islamic State. There were 89 in May, 80 in April and 59 in March. June’s attacks took place across Anbar (2), Babil (1), Baghdad (10), Diyala (19), Irbil (1), Kirkuk (14), Ninewa (6) and Salahaddin (9). Violence was up the previous two months as the insurgents launched their annual Ramadan offensive. This year’s was probably the shortest since 2003.


 


Anbar, Babil and Ninewa continued to see few attacks. Anbar had a car bomb dismantled which was likely heading for another province and a checkpoint was attacked in the Rutba district. An IED went off in the Jurf al-Sakhr district in northeast Babil. Finally there was a shooting, four IEDs, and power towers were blown up in Ninewa. Anbar and Ninewa are logistics hubs for IS. Jurf al-Sakhr is a large Hashd base with a military cordon and gets hit about 1-3 times a month because of the plethora of targets.


 

The militants have re-initiated its operations in Baghdad. Attacks there have gone from 4 in April to 7 in May and 10 in June the most since May 2020. The main cell is in Tarmiya in the north. There are usually small shootings and bombings there. On June 3 however an IED exploded in Khadimiya leaving 3 dead and 16 wounded and there was another in Sadr City where 15 were injured. These were the first attacks within the city proper since a car bomb in Sadr City in April. It appears that IS is now moving south as well as an IED went off there and there was an attempt upon a sheikh as well. It will be interesting to see if this is a new concerted campaign or just sporadic attacks.



 

Kirkuk and Salahaddin are secondary fronts where attacks wildly fluctuate. In Kirkuk attacks went from just 3 in January to a high of 20 in May before going to 14 in June. There was one kidnapping, two towns were attacked, along with 3 checkpoints and 9 gun battles. There were also three attacks upon the power network. Salahaddin was similar with 3 incidents in February rising to 16 in April and then 13 in May and 9 in June. There were just two shootouts there but four assaults on the electricity grid. IS has long standing camps in southern Kirkuk and the Hamrin Mountains of Salahaddin, but it appears their priority is not using them as much as rebuilding their cadres.


 

Diyala saw a large drop in violence. Attacks went from 31 in May to 19 in June. There was one gun battle, 2 kidnappings, 4 checkpoints were assaulted, and some power towers were blown up with two other attempts foiled. As usual most incidents were in Muqdadiya in the center and Khanaqin in the northeast. One town was also attacked in the Azim district in the north leading to 9 casualties. IS is hitting this area a few times a month now. Diyala is the center of the insurgency. It usually has the most incidents. Even then IS is focused upon creating de facto control of rural areas of Muqdadiya and Khanaqin and keeping out locals and the security forces rather than many offensive operations.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jun 1-7

Jun 8-14

Jun 15-21

Jun 22-28

Jun 29-30

Totals

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran

1

3/2 Pro-Iran

-

-

5/3 Pro-Iran

Babil

-

1

-

-

-

1

Baghdad

5/2 Pro-Iran

4/3 Pro-Iran

4/1 Pro-Iran

2

1

16/6 Pro-Iran

Basra

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

-

-

-

3 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

2 Pro-Iran

Diyala

2

3/1 Pro-Iran

8

6

1

20/1 Pro-Iran

Irbil

-

1

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

1 Pro-Iran

Kirkuk

-

5

2

6

1

14

Muthanna

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

1

1

1

2

1

6

Salahaddin

1

2 Pro-Iran

5

2/1 Pro-Iran

2

12/3 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

12/5 Pro-Iran

22/10 Pro-Iran

24/4 Pro-Iran

19/2 Pro-Iran

5

82/21 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jun 1-7

Jun 8-14

Jun 15-21

Jun 22-28

Jun 29-30

Totals

Baghdad

28 (5K, 23W)

1 (1K)

3 (2K, 1W)

-

15 (15W)

47 (8K, 39W)

Dhi Qar

-

3 (3W)

-

-

-

3 (3W)

Diyala

5 (1K, 4W)

3 (2K, 1W)

16 (10K, 6W)

7 (3K, 4W)

-

31 (16K, 15W)

Irbil

-

3 (1K, 2W)

-

-

-

3 (1K, 2W)

Kirkuk

-

4 (3K, 1W)

3 (3W)

15 (7K, 8W)

1 (1W)

23 (10K, 13W)

Ninewa

2 (2W)

-

1 (1W)

5 (5W)

3 (3W)

11 (11W)

Salahaddin

-

-

5 (2K, 3W)

-

2 (2W)

7 (2K, 5W)

TOTAL

35 (6K, 29W)

14 (7K, 7W)

28 (14K, 14W)

27 (10K, 17W)

21 (21W)

122 (36K, 86W)

 

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

6/26/21

Drone Attack – Blagh, Irbil

6/27/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

 

June Totals – 17 (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

8

11

1

4

-

2

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

19

13

9

3

-

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

2

12

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

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

Jun 22-28

19/2

10

17

Jun 29-30

5

-

21

JUN

83/21

36

87

 

Violence By Province June 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

5/3 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

1 Rockets

2 Drones Shot Down

1 Car Bomb Dismantled

Babil

1 Incident

 

1 IED

Baghdad

16/6 Pro-Iran Incidents

8 Killed

1 ISF

7 Civilians

39 Wounded

3 Hashd

36 Civilians

 

5 Shootings

7 IEDs

1 Mortar

2 Drones

1 Rocket Intercepted

Basra

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Dhi Qar

3 Pro-Iran Incidents

3 Wounded

1 Foreigner

1 Civilian

 

7 IEDs

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Diyala

20/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

16 Killed

2 Hashd

5 Civilians

9 ISF

15 Wounded

3 ISF

5 Hashd

7 Civilians

 

8 Shootings

11 IEDs

1 Rocket Dismantled

Irbil

2/1 Pro-Iran Incident

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 Drone

Kirkuk

14 Incidents

10 Killed

2 Civilians

8 ISF

13 Wounded

13 ISF

 

5 Shootings

7 IEDs

1 Grenade

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Ninewa

6 Incidents

11 Wounded

4 Civilians

7 ISF

 

1 Shooting

7 IEDs

Salahaddin

12/3 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

5 Wounded

2 ISF

3 Hashd

 

2 Shootings

14 IEDs

2 Rockets

1 Suicide Bomber Killed

 

SOURCES

 

Associated Press, "Iraqi officials: Explosion at Baghdad restaurant kills 3, injures 16," 6/4/21

 

Bas News, "Iraqi Military Says 15 Civilians Injured in Baghdad Bombing," 7/1/21

 

Buratha News, "An Awakening official in the Arab Jabour and Al-Buaitha area was subjected to an assassination attempt south of Baghdad," 6/22/21

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

 

NINA, "An IED Explodes On Two Armed Men While Trying To Infiltrate Jurf Al-Nasr District, North Of Babylon," 6/10/21

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

- "A Terrorist Operation With A Car Bomb Thwarted in Anbar," 6/9/21

- "Two civilians were injured by unidentified fire east of Mosul," 6/7/21

- "Two electric power towers targeted southeast of Mosul," 6/13/21

 

NRT, "ISIS Claims Responsibility For Baghdad Explosion," 6/3/21

 

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

 

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

 

Xinhua, "Update: 5 killed, 21 injured in car bomb explosion in Iraq's Baghdad," 4/15/21

 

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