Monday, November 1, 2021

Security In Iraq Oct 22-28, 2021


The last week of October saw an explosion of tension in central Diyala as the Islamic State attacked a village and then the inhabitants carried out a retaliatory strike upon a neighboring town. The government was afraid this would set off sectarian attacks and tensions remain high there.

 

There were a total of 21 incidents reported in Iraq from October 22-28. One was the retaliatory attack by tribesmen in Diyala, two were by pro-Iran groups leaving 18 by the Islamic State.

 

Those left 36 dead and 42 wounded. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 7 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 28 civilians were killed while 2 Hashd, 4 ISF and 36 civilians were injured. That was the highest weekly casualty count since the middle of July.


 

Pro-Iran factions hit two convoys working for the U.S. in Dhi Qar and Baghdad with IEDs. These groups largely halted operations in the lead up to the elections but are now slowly going back to work. There have been four attacks by them this month versus 11 in October and 28 in September.

 

IS incidents took place in Baghdad (4), Diyala (7), Kirkuk (1), Ninewa (2), and Salahaddin (4).

 

The insurgents were quiet in Baghdad over the last few weeks as the government launched a series of security sweeps through Tarmiya in the north where IS reactivated its cell. The last week of October it was back with four incidents including beheading a civilian, two more shootings, plus a sticky bomb aimed at a police commander.

 

Kirkuk and Ninewa only experienced scattered attacks. A sniper killed a soldier in southern Kirkuk. Two IEDs went off in Ninewa one of which was left over from the war. IS has bases in both provinces but violence goes up and down each week.

 

In Salahaddin IS attacked four checkpoints in one night in the Baiji district. That resulted in two soldiers being killed and two more injured. Like Kirkuk and Ninewa, attacks wildly fluctuate.

 

Diyala was back as the center of IS operations during the fourth week of October. There was a kidnapping, two villages got hit with mortars, and two checkpoints were attacked. The biggest incident was when the insurgents attacked the Rashad village  when it refused to pay ransom for two men it seized. IS killed 17 and wounded 26. Tribesmen from the village then attacked the neighboring Nahr al-Imam town in retaliation killing 7 and wounding another 5 along with burning homes. According to Iraq Oil Report the two villages had bad blood between them. 350 families fled as a consequence fearing more payback attacks. Baghdad rushed in troops to secure the area afterwards and some high profile officials such as Badr head Hadi Amiri who is from Diyala arrived in the area to check on the situation. The two incidents occurred in the Muqdadiya district in the center of the province where IS has de facto control of many rural areas. It showed how IS attacks can set off sectarian tensions in the country. 

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Oct 1-7

Oct 8-14

Oct 15-21

Oct 22-28

Anbar

1

-

1

-

Babil

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Baghdad

1

1

1

5/1 Pro-Iran

Basra

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Dhi Qar

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

7

2

1

8/1 Retaliation

Kirkuk

2

5

2

1

Ninewa

1

3

2

2

Salahaddin

5

2

-

4

TOTAL

17

14/1 Pro-Iran

9/2 Pro-Iran

21/2 Pro-Iran/1 Retaliation

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Oct 1-7

Oct 8-14

Oct 15-21

Oct 22-28

Baghdad

1 (1K)

2 (2W)

-

3 (1K, 2W)

Diyala

8 (5K, 3W)

3 (3W)

2 (2W)

64 (29K, 35)

Kirkuk

4 (4W)

5 (2K, 3W)

1 (1K)

1 (1K)

Ninewa

2 (2W)

1 (1K)

2 (2K)

6 (3K, 3W)

Salahaddin

18 (5K, 13W)

6 (1K, 5W)

-

4 (2K, 2W)

TOTAL

33 (11K, 22W)

17 (4K, 13W)

5 (3K, 2W)

78 (36K, 42W)

 

 

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

9/22/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Baghdad

9/25/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

Rockets – Turkish Base, Ninewa

 

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

 

October Totals – 4 (1)

 

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 22/21

21/1/1

36

42

 

Violence By Province Oct 15-21, 2021

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

Anbar

-

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

5.4 incidents/ month

Babil

-

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.1 incidents/month

Baghdad

5/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

3 Shootings

1 IED

1 Sticky Bomb

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

6.6 incidents/month

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

Diyala

8/1 Retaliation Incidents

29 Killed

1 Hashd

3 ISF

25 Civilians

35 Wounded

2 Hashd

33 Civilians

 

4 Shootings

1 IED

3 Mortars

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.0 incidents/month

Kirkuk

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

12.2 incidents/month

Ninewa

2 Incidents

3 Killed

1 ISF

2 Civilians

3 Wounded

1 Civilian

2 ISF

 

2 IEDs

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.5 incidents/month

Salahaddin

4 Incidents

2 Killed

2 ISF

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

4 Shootings

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

9.3 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Al Aalem, "Victims and injuries .. Bloody events bring back the specter of sectarian tension," 10/28/21

 

Ahmed, Hassan Ali, “Iraq sends troops to Diyala after attack by Islamic State,” Al Monitor, 10/28/21

 

Ali, Amir, Mohammed, Araz, Hussein, Mohammed, Porter, Lizzie, and Tahir, Rawaz, “Suspected Islamic State attack triggers deadly sectarian reprisal in Diyala,” Iraq Oil Report, 10/29/21

 

Bas News, "IS Attacks Iraqi Forces in North of Baghdad," 10/28/21

- "Police Commander in Baghdad Survives Assassination Attempt," 10/25/21

- "Seven Civilians Killed in Second Attack in Iraq's Diyala," 10/27/21

 

Iraq Newspaper, "The terrorist Daesh claims an attack on the Iraqi forces in Diyala," 10/26/21

 

Mahmoud, Sinan, "ISIS attack fuels sectarian tension in Iraq's Diyala province," The National, 10/27/21

 

NINA, "3 Children Killed And Injured In An Explosion Of War Remnants West Of Mosul," 10/22/21

- "3 Fighters Of The PMF Killed And Wounded In An ISIS Attack In Diyala," 10/26/21

- "A Construction Worker Killed In An IED In Baqubah," 10/26/21

- "A convoy of logistical support for the international coalition forces was targeted with an explosive device, north of Baghdad," 10/28/21

- "Three people, including a security member, were injured in an explosive device explosion in Diyala," 10/26/21

- "Two Policemen Killed In Al-Muqdadiya District In Diyala Governorate," 10/27/21

- "An unknown armed group attacked an agricultural village northeast of Baquba," 10/27/21

- "A village within the Hamrin Basin, northeast of Baquba, comes under a mortar attack," 10/28/21

 

NRT, "Thirteen Killed, At Least 30 Others Wounded In ISIS Attack In Diyala," 10/27/21

 

Shafaq News, "Diyala .. Armed men in military uniform kidnap a civilian and mortar shells fall," 10/28/21

- "A mortar shell ends the life of a policeman in Diyala," 10/26/21

- "A victim and two wounded from the Iraqi army in an explosion south of Mosul," 10/26/21

- "Victims and wounded in an ISIS attack on military checkpoints in Salahaddin," 10/27/21

 

Al Sumaria, "A civilian was injured in an armed attack north of Baghdad," 10/24/21

- "ISIS beheads a person and injures his mother, north of Baghdad," 10/23/21

 

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