Monday, December 20, 2021

Security In Iraq Dec 8-14, 2021


Security has remained the same in Iraq since mid-September. The Islamic State is in its annual slumber during the winter. Pro-Iran groups are increasing their operations against the Americans however.

 

There were a total of 14 security incidents reported in the press from December 8-14. That was down from 17 the week before.


 

4 of those were by pro-Iran factions. They hit four logistics convoys working for the U.S. in Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, and twice in Babil. These groups started winding down their operations in September as elections neared. Incidents went from 28 in August to 11 in September and 5 in October, the lowest monthly total for the year. Since then they have started going up again with 10 in November and 6 so far in December. The groups are trying to show that they are still opposed to the U.S. presence in the country.

 

There were just 10 incidents by the Islamic State. Attacks by the group have been in the teens or tens since the third week of September. Operations by the insurgency have declined almost every winter since 2003.

 

IS incidents occurred in Babil (1), Diyala (4), Kirkuk (2), Ninewa (2), and Salahaddin (1).

 

They left 4 dead, 1 Hashd al-Shaabi and 3 civilians, and 6 wounded, 2 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 4 civilians. Ninewa and Salahaddin had 3 casualties each, followed by 2 in Kirkuk and one each in Babil and Diyala.

 

There was an IED in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr district in the northeast that left 1 Hashd dead. This is a target of opportunity for the insurgency as it is a large Kataib Hezbollah base surrounded by army units.

 

Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin had only five incidents total. Two old IEDs went off in Ninewa, while Kirkuk and Salahaddin had two shootings and a bomb. The latter were the typical low-level attacks IS carries out across the country.

 

Diyala had a kidnapping and two gun battles with the security forces. One of those was in response to a security sweep through the Hamrin Mountains. The abduction was likely done for money. Otherwise, the rest were the usual attacks largely aimed at keeping people out of IS areas.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Dec 8-14

Babil

-

3/2 Pro-Iran

Basra

1 Pro-Iran

-

Dhi Qar

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

6

4

Irbil

2

-

Kirkuk

5

2

Ninewa

1

2

Salahaddin

1

1

TOTAL

17/2 Pro-Iran

14/4 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Dec 8-14

Babil

-

1 (1K)

Basra

8 (4K, 4W)

-

Diyala

4 (2K, 2W)

1 (1K)

Irbil

18 (13K, 5W)

-

Kirkuk

17 (9K, 8W)

2 (2W)

Ninewa

1 (1W)

3 (1K, 2W)

Salahaddin

3 (1K, 2W)

3 (1K, 2W)

TOTAL

51 (29K, 22W)

10 (4K, 6W)

 

 

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

 

December Totals 6 – 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

 

Violence By Province Dec 1-7, 2021

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

Anbar

-

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

5.0 incidents/ month

Babil

3/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Killed

1 Hashd

 

3 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

6.1 incidents/ month

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

Diyala

4 Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

 

3 Shootings

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

22.4 incidents/month

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.9 incidents/month

Ninewa

2 Incidents

1 Killed

1 Civilian

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.6 incidents/month

Salahaddin

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 Civilian

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

12 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

NINA, "An attack by ISIS targeting Peshmerga units near Khanaqin in Diyala foiled," 12/10/21

- "A Clash Erupted Between PMF And ISIS In The Hamrin Mountains," 12/12/21

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

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

- "A Member Of PMF Martyred North Of Babylon," 12/11/21

- "An Officer And A Security Element Injured In An IED's Explosion South of Kirkuk," 12/9/21

- "An Old Man Injured By An IED Left By ISIS South Of Mosul," 12/11/21

- "A "Satuta" driver was killed by unknown gunmen in Diyala," 12/10/21

- "A Security source: A child was killed and his sister was injured in the explosion of an explosive device left behind by ISIS south of Mosul," 12/11/21

 

Press TV, "Resistance groups will stand up against anyone seeking to justify foreign forces' overstay in Iraq: Official," 12/12/21

 

Shafaq News, "3 civilians were killed and injured in an armed attack in Salahaddin," 12/14/21

- "A bombing targets a logistical support convoy of the International Coalition in Babil," 12/9/21

- "Diyala .. 4 people, including a police officer, missing in ISIS stronghold," 12/13/21

- "ISIS attacks a security point in Kirkuk," 12/8/21

 

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