Monday, September 13, 2021

Security In Iraq, Sep 1-7, 2021

 


 

Security was relatively the same in Iraq at the start of September as the end of August. Islamic State incidents were in the teens and pro-Iran groups were still striking American targets in the country.

 

There were a total of 20 security incidents recorded from September 1-7. The last full week of August there were 21 and 25 the week before that.


 

3 of those incidents were by pro-Iran groups. They hit supply convoys working for the U.S. in Diwaniya (1) and Babil (2). In August these factions carried out the most attacks of the entire year. This is part of Tehran’s policy to pressure the United States over its presence in Iraq and future talks over Iran’s nuclear program.

 

There were 17 incidents by the Islamic State during the week. August was the last month of the insurgent’s summer offensive. Each week incidents went down with the last two weeks being in the teens. The start of September was in tune with that.

 

Those incidents took place in Anbar (1), Babil (2), Diyala (4), Irbil (3), Kirkuk (2), Ninewa (2), and Salahaddin (3).

 

22 people were killed and 24 wounded as a result. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi and 21 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) died and another 3 Hashd, 10 ISF and 11 civilians were injured. Kirkuk had the most casualties with 29.

 

In Anbar, a border policeman who was kidnapped at the end of August was found beheaded. This was likely to intimidate the border guard to allow IS smuggling. There was a stun bomb and an IED in Ninewa. There are usually few incidents in either province because they are logistics hubs for the militants.

 

An IED was dismantled by a power tower and a sticky bomb killed a Hashd commander in Babil. The country’s electricity grid was the main target during August. This was likely the last attack in that campaign. The Hashd leader died in Jurf al-Sakhr which is a large Kataib Hezbollah base and the favorite target of IS in the province.

 

Most of the incidents in Diyala during the week were minor shootings and a sticky bomb. A village was attacked along with a checkpoint. The militants have been doing this to drive people out and make them pay taxes. One of the attacks was in the Khanaqin district in the northeast and two in Muqdadiya in the center. These are the main areas IS has control of in Diyala.

 

The biggest incident of the week took place in south Kirkuk when IS attacked a checkpoint and set up IEDs to block reinforcements from arriving. 13 police were killed and 6 wounded as a result. These are routine tactics meant to keep the security forces out of IS areas, but rarely do they result in such large casualties. Another village was assaulted in Kirkuk and a mukhtar’s son kidnapped as well.

 

There were two confrontations with the militants in Salahaddin and a sticky bomb was dismantled. Incidents skyrocketed in the governorate last month as it was the focus of the summer offensive. Otherwise, attacks have gone up and down there over the last few months.

 

Finally, IS continues to hit the Makhmour district of southern Irbil. There were three more incidents there during the week with a gun battle that left 3 soldiers dead and another wounded, an assault on a checkpoint and a farmer being kidnapped.  The militants have obviously found weak points in the security there and are routinely exploiting it.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Sep 1-7

Anbar

1

Babil

4/2 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

4

Irbil

3

Kirkuk

2

Ninewa

2

Salahaddin

3

TOTAL

20/3

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Sep 1-7

Anbar

1 (1K)

Babil

3 (1K, 2W)

Diyala

6 (6W)

Irbil

5 (4K, 1W)

Kirkuk

29 (16K, 13W)

Ninewa

2 (2W)

TOTAL

46 (22K, 24W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups Aug-Sep 2021

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

8/31/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Diwaniya

 

August Totals – 28 (2) – 3 Fijians killed

9/4/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Diwaniya

9/6/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

September Totals - 3

 

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

Aug 29-31

12/2

5

12

AUG

133/30

54

82

Sep 1--7

20/3

22

24

 

Violence By Province Sep 1-7, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 ISF

Babil

4/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 Hashd

2 Wounded

2 Hashd

 

3 IEDs

1 Sticky Bomb

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

4 Incidents

6 Wounded

1 Hashd

1 ISF

4 Civilians

 

3 Shootings

1 Sticky Bomb

1 Mortar

Irbil

3 Incidents

4 Killed

4 ISF

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

2 Shootings

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

16 Killed

16 ISF

13 Wounded

6 ISF

7 Civilians

 

3 Shootings

1 IED

Ninewa

2 Incidents

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

1 IED

1 Stun Bomb

Salahaddin

3 Incidents

 

2 Shootings

1 Sticky Bomb

 

SOURCES

 

Asharq Al-Awsat, "ISIS Attack Kills Several Policemen Near Iraq's Kirkuk," 9/5/21

 

Mahmoud, Sinan, "ISIS militants kill at least 16 security personnel in northern Iraq," The National, 9/5/21

 

Middle East Monitor, "Shia militia commander killed in attack in central Iraq," 9/6/21

 

NINA, "An Army Member Martyred And Seven Wounded In An ISIS Attack On A Village In Kirkuk," 9/2/21

- "An attack with mortars and sniper weapons targeted a village and a military point northeast of Baquba," 9/1/21

- "An Attempt To Detonate A Tower To Transmit Electric Power Thwarted In Babylon," 9/2/21

- "An improvised explosive device attack targets a convoy of the International Coalition in Babylon," 9/6/21

- "A leader in the Popular Mobilization survived an assassination attempt in Baquba," 9/4/21

- "A policeman was injured and a thermal camera destroyed in an ISIS attack on a joint security point in Diyala," 9/6/21

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces kill a number of ISIS elements by repelling them, east of Tikrit," 9/1/21

- "A Stun Bomb Explodes In Al-Qosh District, North Of Mosul," 9/2/21

- "Two of Salim al-Jubouri's protection were injured in an armed attack northeast of Baquba," 9/5/21

- "Two policemen injured in an explosive explosion south of Mosul," 9/5/21

- "Two policemen killed in an ISIS attack south of Kirkuk," 9/5/21

 

Shafaq News, "After attacking the army, ISIS elements kidnapped a farmer in Makhmour," 9/5/21

- "A crowd member was injured in repelling an ISIS attack east of Salahaddin," 9/5/21

- "In less than an hour … the second attack on the international coalition convoys in Iraq," 9/4/21

- "At least one Iraqi army victim was killed in an ISIS attack in Makhmour district," 9/2/21

- "In less than an hour … the second attack on the international coalition convoys in Iraq," 9/4/21

- "Two days after his kidnapping, ISIS beheads an Iraqi soldier on the Syrian border," 9/1/21

 

Al Sumaria, "National Security thwarts a terrorist attack in Salahaddin," 9/1/21

 

Xinhua, "IS attack in northern Iraq kills 13 security members: authorities," 9/5/21

 

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