Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Security In Iraq Aug 22-28, 2021

 


 

The Islamic State’s summer offensive in Iraq officially ended in August. At the same time pro-Iran groups are picking up their attacks during that same period.

 

There were a total of 21 security incidents recorded in Iraq from August 22-28. That was down from 25 the week before, 31 the second week of the month and 44 the first. The steady decline is because the Islamic State winded down its summer offensive during the month.


 

9 of those incidents were by pro-Iran groups. They carried out attacks across central and southern Iraq and an assault on Kuwait. Logistics convoys working for the U.S. were hit by IEDs in Babil (2), Baghdad (1), Basra (1), Dhi Qar (1), Diwaniya (2), and Muthanna (1). Seven of those attacks occurred on just one day, August 24. Rockets were also fired at the Basra-Kuwait border with at least a few landing in the neighboring country. This is not the first time pro-Tehran groups have attacked neighboring countries. The target was apparently a base where US troops are housed. These factions have been increasing their operations every week of August from 5 the first week, to 6 the second, 8 the third and then 9 the last. There have been a total of 26 incidents by these groups in August tied for the highest amount this year with April.

 

That left just 12 incidents by the Islamic State. Their incidents have been going in the other direction with 39 the first week, 25 the second, and 17 the third. That marked the end of the summer offensive which started in June.

 

During the week there were IS attacks in just Diyala (2), Irbil (2), Ninewa (4), and Salahaddin (4).

 

Those left 8 dead made up of 4 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 4 civilians along with 10 wounded consisting of 8 ISF and 2 civilians. Salahaddin had almost all the casualties during the week with 14.

 

Incidents have been down in Diyala throughout August. There was just a  policeman killed by a sniper and an IED this week. This province is the center of the insurgency in Iraq, but the group has been going to other areas this month.

 

Southern Irbil has been one of those new IS targets during the month. A mortar was fired at a village and a checkpoint was attacked. The Makhmour district is a disputed area and the insurgents have been trying to exploit the gaps in security there between the ISF and Peshmerga.

 

There were three IEDs and a gun battle in Ninewa. Attacks there have gone up and down throughout the month. Usually there are few incidents there because it’s used for logistics by the militants.

 

The biggest incident of the week occurred in Salahaddin when a sniper killed 2 police and wounded 7 more at a checkpoint in Dhuluiya which is in the southeast along the Diyala border. There was another sniper incident and two IEDs as well. During the summer IS has been hitting Salahaddin more than usual.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Aug 22-28

Anbar

3

1

1 Pro-Iran

-

Babil

3/2 Pro-Iran

3 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

3

3/1 Pro-Iran

3/2 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Basra

-

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

Diyala

4

2

8

2

Irbil

1

3

1

2

Kirkuk

9

3

3

-

Muthanna

-

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

2

5

1

4

Salahaddin

16

9

3/1 Pro-Iran

4

Kuwait

-

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

44/5 Pro-Iran

31/6 Pro-Iran

25/8 Pro-Iran

21/9 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Aug 22-28

Babil

5 (4K, 1W)

3 (1K, 2W)

-

-

Baghdad

5 (5W)

2 (2K)

12 (6K, 6W)

-

Diyala

1 (1W)

2 (1K, 1W)

13 (6K, 7W)

2 (2K)

Irbil

3 (3W)

3 (1K, 2W)

-

-

Kirkuk

6 (4K, 2W)

3 (2K, 1W)

4 (3K, 1W)

-

Ninewa

2 (1K, 1W)

4 (4W)

2 (2W)

2 (2K)

Salahaddin

9 (3K, 6W)

23 (10K, 13W)

2 (2W)

14 (4K, 10W)

TOTAL

31 (12K, 19W)

40 (17K, 23W)

30 (12K, 18W)

18 (8K, 10W)

 

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

8/24/21

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

8/27/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

8/28/21

Rockets – Kuwait

 

August Totals – 26 (2) 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

Aug 22-28

21/9

8

10

 

Violence By Province Aug 22-28, 2021

Province

Violence

Babil

2 Pro-Iran

 

2 IEDs

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Basra

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diwaniya

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 IEDs

Diyala

2 Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

Irbil

2 Incidents

 

1 Shooting

1 Mortar

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Ninewa

4 Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

3 IEDs

Salahaddin

4 Incidents

4 Killed

2 Civilians

2 ISF

10 Wounded

2 Civilians

8 ISF

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

Kuwait

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 Rocket

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "PHOTOS | Three IED Attacks Target Iraqi, Coalition Logistic Convoys," 8/24/21

 

Al Hurra, "Two Iraqi policemen were killed and wounded in an attack in Salahaddin," 8/29/21

 

Iraq Newspaper, "After the 12th and 22nd Brigades, violent clashes between the Popular Mobilization Forces, the 88th Brigade, led by Wanes al-Jabbara and the terrorist ISIS, and the killing of Brigadier General Mohammed Hamid," 8/23/21

- "Now, an attack by ISIS on the operation cutters of the 22nd Brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces of the Shammar clan during operations in Tal Qusaiba in Ninewa Governorate," 8/23/21

 

Mehr News Agency, "7 US logistics convoys targeted in Iraq today," 8/24/21

 

NINA, "2 Convoys Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Targeted With Tow IEDs In Diwaniyah And Muthanna," 8/24/21

- "An Eleven-Year-Old Shepherd Killed By An IED In Diyala," 8/25/21

- "A hunter was killed and another one wounded when an explosive device exploded near Al-Tuz, south of Kirkuk," 8/22/21

- "An IED Explodes Near Qayyarah Air Base, South Of Mosul," 8/24/21

- "Source: A Logistical Convoy Of The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted In Basra," 8/27/21

 

NRT, "Mortars Fall Near Erbil's Qushtapa Sub-District," 8/24/21

- "Shepherd Killed By Mine In Nineveh Governorate," 8/24/21

 

Shafaq News, "Diyala police officer dies of wounds from ISIS attack," 8/27/21

- "Explosion targeting coalition supplies in Diwaniya," 8/25/21

- "An explosive device exploded south of Mosul," 8/27/21

- "Missiles fired at a US base between Iraq and Kuwait (Update)," 8/28/21

- "Salahaddin .. ISIS attack a checkpoint and injures 6 policemen," 8/28/21

- "Shooting between the Iraqi army and ISIS in the area separating Irbil and Ninewa," 8/26/21

 

Al Sumaria, "One civilian was killed and another wounded by an explosive device explosion in Salahaddin," 8/25/21

 

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