Monday, December 27, 2021

Security In Iraq Dec 15-21, 2021


Attacks have remained relatively the same for the Islamic State since the Middle of September. Pro-Iran groups however are back to nearly daily operations against American targets in Iraq.

 

There were a total of 22 security incidents recorded in Iraq from December 15-21. That was up from 14 the week before and 17 the first week of the month.


 

8 of those incidents were by pro-Iran factions. Logistics convoys working for the U.S. were hit with IEDs in Anbar, Babil, Basra, and Diwaniya twice. Bombs were also dismantled in Babil and Diwaniya. Most importantly rockets were fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone. In November Turkish military bases were targeted with rockets. The last missile incident in the capital was in October. With the elections over these groups are going back to targeting the U.S. presence which is a major part of Tehran’s foreign policy. There have been a total of 12 such incidents so far this month, up from 10 in November and 5 in October.

 

14 incidents were by the Islamic State. They occurred in Babil (1), Diyala (7), Irbil (3), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (2). During the winter the insurgency routinely decreases its attacks. That’s the reason why incidents have been in the tens and teens for the last 12 weeks.

 

Those left 11 dead and 12 wounded. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 2 civilians, and 8 members of the Iraq Security Forces (ISF) were killed and 1 civilian, 1 Hashd and 10 ISF were injured. Diyala had the most casualties with 14.

 

A checkpoint in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr was hit with an IED which wounded a member of the Hashd. The district is a large Kataib Hezbollah base which IS routinely targets each month.

 

Ninewa only saw an IED, while there were two gun battles in Salahaddin. One of the latter was in the Tuz Kharmato district in the east which left 3 soldiers dead and two more wounded.

 

Diyala had the most incidents as usual. Three were shoot outs with the security forces. One confrontation in the Hamrin Mountains caused four casualties amongst the army. A sniper in the Khanaqin district killed 3 soldiers and injured another 2, while another in Muqdadiya shooting at a checkpoint left 3 police wounded. Those two incidents plus the Tuz one in Salahaddin showed a renewed effort by IS to confront the security forces.

 

Finally, the Islamic State hit Irbil again three times. The group is testing the security gap between the ISF and Peshmerga in the southern section of the province. Despite the very low level of activity during the winter the insurgents are exploring new areas to operate in. Last month they were trying Sulaymaniya. This month, they’re back to Irbil.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Dec 8-14

Dec 15-21

Anbar

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Babil

-

3/2 Pro-Iran

3/2 Pro-Iran

Basra

1 Pro-Iran

-

1 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

-

1 Pro-Iran

 

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

3 Pro-Iran

Diyala

6

4

7

Irbil

2

-

3

Kirkuk

5

2

-

Ninewa

1

2

1

Salahaddin

1

1

2

TOTAL

17/2 Pro-Iran

14/4 Pro-Iran

22/8 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Dec 8-14

Dec 15-21

Babil

-

1 (1K)

1 (1W)

Basra

8 (4K, 4W)

-

-

Diyala

4 (2K, 2W)

1 (1K)

14 (7K, 7W)

Irbil

18 (13K, 5W)

-

1 (1W)

Kirkuk

17 (9K, 8W)

2 (2W)

-

Ninewa

1 (1W)

3 (1K, 2W)

1 (1W)

Salahaddin

3 (1K, 2W)

3 (1K, 2W)

6 (4K, 2W)

TOTAL

51 (29K, 22W)

10 (4K, 6W)

23 (11K, 12W)

 

 

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

11/22/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

11/25/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra

11/28/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya, Muthanna

11/30/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

 

November Totals – 10 (2) – 6 Wounded

12/5/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

12/7/21

Motorcycle Bomb ISF – 4 killed, 4 Wounded

12/9/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

12/12/21

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

12/16/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, IED dismantled - Babil

12/18/21

IED dismantled - Babil

12/19/21

Rockets – Baghdad’s Green Zone

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

12/21/21

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Basra, Diwaniya

 

December Totals 12 (2) – 4 Killed, 4 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

Nov 22-28

15/4

10

14

Nov 29-30

3/1

1

3

NOV

67/12

27

59

Dec 1-7

17/2

29

22

Dec 8-14

14/4

4

6

Dec 15-21

22/8

11

12

 

Violence By Province Dec 1-7, 2021

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

5.0 incidents/ month

Babil

3/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Hashd

 

3 IEDs

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.6 incidents/month

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 Rockets

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

6.1 incidents/ month

Basra

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

Diwaniya

3 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

3 IEDs

 

 

 

 

Diyala

7 Incidents

7 Killed

2 Civilians

5 ISF

7 Wounded

7 ISF

 

7 Shootings

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

22.4 incidents/month

Irbil

3 Incidents

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

3 Shootings

 

 

 

 

Kirkuk

-

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.9 incidents/month

Ninewa

1 Incident

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 IED

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.6 incidents/month

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

4 Killed

1 Hashd

3 ISF

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

2 Shootings

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

12 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Iraq: Casualties Reported after Second IS Attack in less Than 24 Hours," 12/17/21

- "Roadside Bomb Hits Coalition Convoy in Anbar," 12/19/21

- "Two Shepherds Survive IS Attack in Garmiyan," 12/20/21

 

Al Masalah, "A Popular Mobilizaiton fighter was killed in clashes with ISIS in Salahaddin," 12/18/21

 

NINA, "A convoy of logistical support for the International Coalition forces was targeted with an explosive device in Babylon," 12/22/21

- "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted With An IED In Diwaniyah," 12/16/21

- "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted In Diwaniyah," 12/21/21

- "Four soldiers were martyred and wounded in a clash with terrorists northeast of Baquba," 12/16/21

- "A member of the Popular Mobilization was wounded north of Babylon," 12/18/21

- "The Popular Mobilization Thwarts an ISIS attack on a district in Diyala," 12/2121

- "Security source: A Woman In Her Forties Injured By An IED's Explosion South Of Mosul," 12/20/21

 

NRT, "One Injured After ISIS Militants Attack Iraqi Army Near Qarachokh Mountains," 12/19/21

- "Separate Attacks Kill Two At Villages In Diyala," 12/18/21

- "Two Katyusha Rockets Target Green Zone In Baghdad," 12/19/21

 

Shafaq News, "After being subjected to an explosion in the morning, an attempt to target a logistical support convoy in Diwaniya was thwarted," 12/16/21

- "The army and the crowd thwart an ISIS attack in Diyala," 12/17/21

- "ISIS attacks Iraqi army positions in Diyala," 12/17/21

- "ISIS attacks the army, leaving 5 casualties and injuries in Diyala," 12/16/21

- "Within hours, the third attack targeting the international coalition in Iraq," 12/21/21

 

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