Monday, September 27, 2021

Security In Iraq Sep 15-21, 2021


Violence has gone up and down nearly every week since the spring and the third week of September was no different. After going up for two weeks incidents dropped afterward.

 

There were a total of 13 security incidents recorded in Iraq from September 15-21. That was down from 28 the week before and 20 the first week of the month. This has been the pattern for the last several months as neither the insurgency nor the pro-Iran factions have carried out sustained operations for more than a few weeks at a time.


 

One incident was by pro-Iran groups who hit a logistics convoy working for the U.S. in Dhi Qar with an IED. That makes a total of 6 attacks by these factions this month. That’s a much slower pace than last month where there were a total of 30 incidents.

 

There were 12 attacks by the Islamic State. Those occurred in Anbar (2), Babil (1), Diyala (6), Irbil (1), Ninewa (1), and Sulaymaniya (1). They left 5 dead and 17 wounded. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 1 member of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 3 civilians were killed and 3 Hashd, 6 civilians and 8 ISF were injured. Diyala had the most casualties with 10.

 

Anbar and Ninewa remain logistics hubs for the insurgency. There were two incidents in Anbar and one in Ninewa all of which were IEDs. Most attacks in these two provinces are meant to keep people away from areas IS is moving through and has camps.

 

A member of the Hashd was killed by a sniper in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr district in the northeast. This is a large Kataib Hezbollah base which IS routinely targets.

 

The Islamic State continues to probe and exploit areas of Kurdistan. There was another incident in Irbil’s Makhmour district when a checkpoint was hit. Insurgents also dressed as Asayesh and set up a fake checkpoint in southern Sulaymaniya. They ended up killing two and wounding 4 civilians. Sulaymaniya was last attacked in April. IS appears to be testing new areas to see what security is like.

 

Diyala had the most incidents as usual. Out of the six incidents two were in Muqdadiya in the center and three in Khanaqin in the northeast. One was in Buhriz in the northeast. The biggest attack was upon a checkpoint where IS set up an IED to hit reinforcements that arrived. It left 1 soldier dead and 5 wounded. Muqdadiya and Khanaqin are IS’s main bases for operations in Iraq. It has been trying to assert control over Buhriz which it routinely uses to move men and material through.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Sep 1-7

Sep 8-14

Sep 15-21

Anbar

1

1

2

Babil

4/2 Pro-Iran

-

1

Dhi Qar

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

-

Diyala

4

15

6

Irbil

3

2/1 Pro-Iran

1

Kirkuk

2

3

-

Muthanna

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Ninewa

2

3

1

Salahaddin

3

2

 

Sulaymaniya

-

-

1

TOTAL

20/3 Pro-Iran

28/3 Pro-Iran

13/1 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Sep 1-7

Sep 8-14

Sep 15-21

Anbar

1 (1K)

3 (3W)

3 (3W)

Babil

3 (1K, 2W)

-

1 (1K)

Diyala

6 (6W)

30 (13K, 17W)

10 (2K, 8W)

Irbil

5 (4K, 1W)

12 (4K, 8W)

-

Kirkuk

29 (16K, 13W)

9 (4K, 5W)

-

Ninewa

2 (2W)

4 (2K, 2W)

2 (2W)

Salahaddin

-

2 (1K, 1W)

 

Sulaymaniya

-

-

6 (2K, 4W)

TOTAL

46 (22K, 24W)

60 (24K, 36W)

22 (5K, 17W)

 

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

9/8/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

9/11/21

Drone – Irbil International Airport

9/12/12

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

9/21/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

September Totals - 6

 

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

Sep 8-14

28/3

24

36

Sep 15-21

13/1

5

17

 

Violence By Province Sep 15-21, 2021

Province

Violence

Anbar

2 Incidents

3 Wounded

3 Hashd

 

2 IEDs

Babil

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Hashd

 

1 Shooting

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

Diyala

6 Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

8 Wounded

8 ISF

 

3 Shootings

3 IEDs

1 Mortar

Irbil

1 Incident

 

1 Gunfire

Ninewa

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 IED

Sulaymaniya

1 Incident

2 Killed

2 Civilians

4 Wounded

4 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

 

SOURCES

 

Hussein, Mohammed, Mohammed, Araz, Ali, Amir, Tahir, Rawaz, Porter, Lizzie, "Insurgency worsens with deadly new tactics," Iraq Oil Report, 9/22/21

 

NINA, "3 Security Personnel Injured In IED's Explosion, Northeast Of Baquba," 9/21/21

- "An ISIS Attack Thwarted On A Security Point South Of Baquba," 9/15/21

- "A member of the Popular Mobilization was killed by sniper fire north of Babylon," 9/15/21

- "Two People Injured In An IED Explosion South Of Mosul," 9/16/21

 

Shafaq News, "At least one Iraqi army victim in an ISIS attack in Diyala," 9/15/21

- "Targeting a logistical support convoy for the International Coalition in southern Iraq" 9/21/21

- "Tribal fighters repel an ISIS attack southeast of Mosul," 9/19/21

 

Al Sumaria, "An explosive device explodes on the vehicle of a leader in the tribal mobilization in Anbar," 9/15/21

- "Two mortar shells fell west of Muqdadiya," 9/17/21

 

Xinhua, "2 killed in IS attacks in Iraq," 9/16/21

 

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