Monday, August 23, 2021

Security In Iraq Aug 15-21, 2021


The Islamic State’s summer offensive appears to be coming to an end in August. On the other hand, pro-Iran groups are increasing their attacks upon U.S. targets in Iraq.

 

There were a total of 25 security incidents recorded in Iraq from August 15-21. That was down from 31 the previous week and 44 the first week of the month.


 

8 of those incidents were by pro-Iran groups. They hit logistics convoys working for the U.S. in Anbar (1), Baghdad (2), Dhi Qar (1), and Salahaddin (1). Three other IEDs were dismantled in Babil and two in Diwaniya. There have been a total of 16 successful attacks by these groups in August. In July there were 17. According to the United States Tehran has approved this uptick in assaults.

 

There were 17 incidents by the Islamic State during the week. Those were in Babil (1), Baghdad (1), Diyala (8), Irbil (1), Kirkuk (3), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (2). That was down from 25 the second week of August and 39 the first week. This could mean that IS’s summer offensive which started in July may be coming to an end. August saw some of the highest violence levels in a year.

 

IS caused 12 deaths and 18 wounded. 1 civilian, 3 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 8 Hashd al-Shaabi were killed along with 3 ISF, 4 civilians and 11 Hashd who were injured.

 

The main focus of the summer campaign was hitting Iraq’s power grid. During the week power towers were blown up in Babil and Kirkuk. These operations have knocked out electricity across the country during the summer heat.

 

The deadliest incident of the week happened in the Tarmiya district in northern Baghdad province. There the insurgents attacked a Hashd brigade headquarters killing 6 including the commander and wounded 6 others. This year IS re-activated its cell in the area and started carrying out weekly attacks. This was biggest one so far.

 

During the summer the militants had moved away from Diyala for other governorates but during the third week of August they returned. There were 8 incidents including a gun battle, a village being attacked and two checkpoints hit. Diyala is where IS is usually most active having de facto control of many rural areas in the center and northeast. Its operations are mostly aimed at driving off locals and the security forces from these areas so it can continue with its rebuilding.

 

Incidents in Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salahaddin have gone back to normal levels. There were three in Kirkuk including an oil well being bombed. There was an IED in the Mosul area, and two shootings in Salahaddin.

 

Finally, a village was attacked in the Makhmour district of southern Irbil. IS has been hitting this area ever week of August probing for gaps in security.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Anbar

3

1

1 Pro-Iran

Babil

3/2 Pro-Iran

3 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

3

3/1 Pro-Iran

3/2 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

Diyala

4

2

8

Irbil

1

3

1

Kirkuk

9

3

3

Ninewa

2

5

1

Salahaddin

16

9

3/1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

44/5 Pro-Iran

31/6 Pro-Iran

25/8 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Babil

5 (4K, 1W)

3 (1K, 2W)

-

Baghdad

5 (5W)

2 (2K)

12 (6K, 6W)

Diyala

1 (1W)

2 (1K, 1W)

13 (6K, 7W)

Irbil

3 (3W)

3 (1K, 2W)

-

Kirkuk

6 (4K, 2W)

3 (2K, 1W)

4 (3K, 1W)

Ninewa

2 (1K, 1W)

4 (4W)

2 (2W)

Salahaddin

9 (3K, 6W)

23 (10K, 13W)

2 (2W)

TOTAL

31 (12K, 19W)

40 (17K, 23W)

30 (12K, 18W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups July-August 2021

7/2/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Salahaddin

 

Rockets dismantled - Baghdad

7/4/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Baghdad

7/5/21

Rockets – Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad Base

 

Drone shot down - Baghdad

7/6/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar, Diwaniya

 

Rockets – Irbil Airport

7/7/21

Rockets – Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad Base – 2 US wounded

7/8/21

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

7/10/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

7/11/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

7/15/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

7/24/21

Drone strike – Irbil’s Al-Harir Base

7/29/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Dhi Qar x2

 

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

7/30/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

July Totals – 17 (2) – 2 U.S. Soldiers wounded

8/1/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil 3 Fijians killed, Diwaniya

8/4/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

8/5/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Diwaniya

8/8/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Baghdad, Dhi Qar

8/10/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

8/13/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Diwaniya

8/15/21

IED dismantled - Diwaniya

8/16/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

8/17/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar, Baghdad, Dhi Qar, Salahaddin

8/19/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil,

 

IEDs dismantled – Babil, Diwaniya

 

August Totals – 16 (3) – 3 Fijians killed

 

Security In Iraq 2021

Week

Security

Incidents

(Total/By IS)

Dead

(Total/By IS)

Wounded

(Total/By IS)

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

Jul 1-7

38/9

11

35

Jul 8-14

25/4

7

17

Jul 15-21

20/1

48

75

Jul 22-28

10/1

10

7

Jul 29-31

16/5

30

30

JUL

110/20

106

164

Aug 1-7

44/5

12

19

Aug 8-14

31/6

17

23

Aug 15-21

25/8

12

18

 

Violence By Province Aug 15/21, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Babil

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Baghdad

3/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

6 Killed

6 Hashd

6 Wounded

6 Hashd

 

1 Shooting

3 IEDs

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Diyala

8 Incidents

6 Killed

1 Civilian

2 Hashd

3 ISF

7 Wounded

1 Civilian

2 ISF

4 Hashd

 

7 Shootings

2 IEDs

Irbil

1 Incident

 

1 Shooting

Kirkuk

3 Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 Shooting

2 IEDs

Ninewa

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 IED

Salahaddin

3/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Wounded

1 Hashd

1 ISF

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Iraq: Two Bombings Hit Coalition Supply Convoy in 24 Hours," 8/17/21

 

Al Hurra, "Dead and wounded from Al-Nujaba in an ISIS attack north of Baghdad," 8/21/21

 

NINA, "4 Soldiers Killed And Wounded In A Terrorist Attack Northeast Of Baquba," 8/17/21

- "An Act Of Sabotage Puts An Electric Power Transmission Line In Kirkuk Out Of Service," 8/16/21

- "An Army Force Repels An ISIS Attack Southeast Of Mosul," 8/19/21

- "An Attempt To Target The Logistical Support Convoys Of The Int'l Coalition Thwarted In Babylon," 8/19/21

- "The Commander Of The Popular Mobilization Regiment And an Affiliate Martyred And Others Wounded In An Armed Clash North Of Baghdad," 8/21/21

- "An IED, To Target Logistical Support Convoys In Diwaniyah, Defused," 8/19/21

- "A Man Kidnapped Another Wounded In Two Separate Incidents In Diyala," 8/21/21

- "A Soldier Wounded In An ISIS Attack On A Military Post In Diyala," 8/15/21

- "Two Convoys Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Targeted With Two IEDs In Dhi Qar and Salah al-Din," 8/17/21

- "Two Mosul Municipality Workers Injured In An IED Explosion," 8/19/21

- "Unidentified gunmen assassinate a civilian in Muqdadiya district in Diyala governorate," 8/18/21

- "Unidentified Gunmen Burn A Brick Factory And Attack A Military Patrol With An IED In Diyala," 8/19/21

 

NRT, "Unidentified Gunmen Target Oil Well At Kirkuk's Bai Hassan Oilfield," 8/15/21

 

Shafaq News, "Explosions targeting electricity towers in Karbala on the night of Ashura .. Pictures," 8/19/21

- "A member of the Lions of the Tigris was injured in an attack in an ISIS transit," 8/20/21

- "A policeman was injured and a thermal camera destroyed in an ISIS attack in Salahaddin," 8/15/21

- "Tarmiya explosion .. The death toll and injuries increased to 12 (update)," 8/21/21

- "Unidentified persons attack a convoy of the International Coalition in Baghdad," 8/16/21

- "Within hours, the second attack hit a convoy of the international coalition in Iraq," 8/17/21

- "Wounded in armed attack on Husseini convoy in Kirkuk," 8/17/21

 

Shilani, Mustafa, "Iraqi military says thwarted attack on coalition logistical support convoy," Kurdistan 24, 8/15/21

 

Al Sumaria, "Thwarting an attempt to target electric power transmission towers in Diyala," 8/17/21

 

Xinhua, "2 paramilitary fighters killed in bomb attack in eastern Iraq," 8/17/21

- "IS attack kills 6 paramilitary members in Iraq," 8/21/21

 

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