Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Security In Iraq Nov 15-21, 2021


Security has remained relatively the same for the last nine weeks. Attacks by the Islamic State have been in the teens to tens while incidents by Pro-Iran groups have fallen off since the October elections.

 

From November 15-21 there were just 14 security incidents reported in the media. There were 15 the week before and 20 the first week of the month.


 

4 of those incidents were by pro-Iran groups. A logistics convoy working for the U.S. was hit by an IED in Dhi Qar and another bomb was dismantled along the international highway in Babil. Rockets were also fired at a Turkish military base in Ninewa while a truck full of missiles was also discovered in that province and destroyed. These factions considered Turkey’s presence in northern Iraq as a second occupation and have occasional attacked it as well.

 

There were just 10 incidents by the Islamic State. There were 14 the second week of November, and 18 the first week. During the winter IS routinely goes dormant after its Ramadan and summer offensives. This is not related to the weather but rather the trend that was set starting in 2003 that has continued since then.

 

These attacks took place in Anbar (1), Babil (1), Diyala (4), Kirkuk (1), Ninewa (1) and Salahaddin (2).

 

These incidents led to just two people being killed, one member of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and one civilians, while four were wounded, 2 ISF and 2 civilians. 5 of those casualties happened in Diyala and the other in Ninewa.

 

In Anbar three shepherds were kidnapped in the Rutba district in the west. This was likely for ransom to raise money.

 

Three IEDs were dismantled in Iskandiriya in northern Babil. If IS doesn’t attack the Jurf al-Sakhr district it usually targets Iskandiriya instead.

 

Diyala had the most incidents during the week with four. That included two shootings, an IED and mortar fire. Two of these incidents occurred in the Khanaqin district in the northeast, one in Muqdadiya in the center and one in Khan Bani Saad in the southwest. All were low level and likely meant to keep the security forces and civilians out of insurgent areas.

 

In southern Kirkuk two suicide bombers were killed. Suicide bombers are very rare these days and they might have just been two IS members moving through territory who were intercepted by the security forces.

 

Ninewa had the biggest incident as the militants attacked the Hashd in Hatra in the south. IS has been carrying out offensive operations there in the last few weeks which is a change because the group usually just focuses upon moving in men and material from Syria through the governorate. IS is either trying to keep the Hashd out of the area or expanding into it and trying to assert its dominance. An old IED also wounded a person in the western Tal Afar district.

 

Finally there was a gun battle in the Yathrib district in southern Salahaddin and a sniper took a few shots at a checkpoint in Dhuluiya. Incidents have gone up and down each week in the province.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Anbar

1

1

1

Babil

2

-

2/1 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Dhi Qar

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Diyala

6

3

4

Kirkuk

4

3

1

Ninewa

3/1 Pro-Iran

3

3/2 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

1

4

2

Sulaymaniya

2

-

-

TOTAL

20/2 Pro-Iran

15/1 Pro-Iran

14/4 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Anbar

4 (4W)

-

-

Babil

1 (1K)

-

-

Baghdad

6 (6W)

-

-

Diyala

7 (1K, 6W)

3 (1K, 2W)

5 (2K, 3W)

Kirkuk

-

12 (3K, 9W)

-

Ninewa

2 (2W)

1 (1K)

1 (1W)

Salahaddin

3 (1K, 2W)

13 (6K, 7W)

-

TOTAL

23 (3K, 20W)

29 (11K, 18W)

6 (2K, 4W)

 

 

September Totals – 11

10/13/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Basra

10/19/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

10/21/21

3 IEDs dismantled – Babil

10/22/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

10/28/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

10/31/21

Rockets – Landed in Mansour, Baghdad

 

October Totals – 5 (1)

11/7/21

Drone Strike – PM Kazemi’s residence – 6 Wounded

 

Rockets – Turkish military base, Bashiqa, Ninewa

11/9/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Diwaniya

11/16/21

IED dismantled – Babil

 

Rockets – Turkish military base, Bavian, Ninewa

11/19/21

Rockets dismantled Ninewa

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

November Totals – 5 (2) – 6 Wounded

 

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

21/3

12

24

Sep 8-14

28/3

24

36

Sep 15-21

13/1

5

17

Sep 22-28

17/4

13

9

Sep 29-30

2

-

-

SEP

81/11

54

86

Oct 1-7

17

11

22

Oct 8-14

14/1

4

13

Oct 15-21

9/2

3

2

Oct 22-28

21/1/1

36

42

Oct 29-31

11/1

7

7

OCT

72/6/1

61

86

Nov 1-7

20/2

3

20

Nov 8-14

15/1

11

18

Nov 15-21

14/4

2

4

 

Violence By Province Nov 15-21, 2021

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

Anbar

1 Incident

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

5.3 incidents/ month

Babil

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

4 IEDs

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.6 incidents/month

Baghdad

-

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

6.7 incidents/ month

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

Diyala

4 Incidents

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

3 Wounded

1 Civilian

2 ISF

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

1 Mortar

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

22.9 incidents/month

Kirkuk

1 Incident

 

2 Suicide Bombers Killed

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

12.3 incidents/month

Ninewa

3/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

2 Rockets

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.7 incidents/month

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

 

2 Shootings

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

12.3 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

NINA, "3 Explosive Devices Detonated Under Control In Babylon," 11/20/21

- "A civilian was injured by an explosive device left behind by ISIS, west of Mosul," 11/15/21

- "Gunmen Assassinate A Soldier Near His Home, Northeast Of Baquba," 11/18/21

- "ISIS Kidnaps 3 Shepherds In Al-Rutba, Anbar," 11/20/21

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces repel an ISIS attack in Nineveh," 11/17/21

- "Two people killed and injured in an explosive device explosion in Diyala," 11/19/21

- "Two Suicide Bombers Killed South Of Kirkuk," 11/15/21

 

NRT, "Three Rockets Fired At Turkish Base In Nineveh: Local Official," 11/16/21

 

Shafaq News, "A double attack by ISIS on a disputed area leaves wounded Iraqi soldiers," 11/18/21

- "An explosion targeting the international coalition in southern Iraq," 11/19/21

 

Sotaliraq, "Ninewa: The missile launchers were aimed at the camp of the Turkish forces, and we do not want useless proxy wars," 11/19/21

 

Al Sumaria, "The crowd announces the response to a new ISIS attack in Salahaddin," 11/19/21

- "Dismantling an explosive device prepared to target the logistical support in Babil - Urgent," 11/16/21

- "Exposed repulsion of ISIS south of Samarra," 11/19/21

 

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