Monday, January 24, 2022

Security In Iraq, Jan 15-21, 2022


The Islamic State carried out one large attack upon the army during the third week of January to let people know what it’s still capable of. Otherwise, the group is still taking its winter hiatus. Pro-Iran groups also took a step back from attacks during the week.

 

There were a total of 12 incidents recorded in Iraq from January 15-21, 2021. That was down from 31 the week before and 18 the first week of January.


 

5 of those were by pro-Iran factions. That included an IED on a convoy working for the U.S. in Basra and two separate rocket attacks upon a Turkish base in Ninewa. Drones were also shot down over the Balad Air base in Salahaddin. Finally, the second deputy speaker of parliament’s office in Kirkuk was bombed as part of the political violence following the October election. This was a decrease from the previous week when there were 21 incidents by these groups. Still there have been 26 successful attacks in January which is the highest since 28 in August.

 

There were only 7 incidents by the Islamic State during the third week of the month. Those happened in Anbar (1), Babil (1), Baghdad (1), Diyala (3) and Salahaddin (1). IS activity has been in the tens and teens each week since the middle of September as the group has taken its annual break during the winter.

 

They left 17 dead and 12 wounded. 2 Hashd al-Shaabi and 11 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed and 1 civilian and 11 ISF were injured. Diyala had the most casualties with 22.

 

The Islamic State carried out one major attack during the week. That was an assault upon an army regimental headquarters in the Edheim district in northern Diyala. It left 11 soldiers dead and 10 more wounded. IS has picked up its activity in this area the last few months. It is traditionally used for smuggling with neighboring Salahaddin and the rough territory has large security gaps with no government presence.

 

The remaining six incidents were all low-level harassing attacks as usual. An IED went off in Anbar’s Rutba district wounding 1 soldier. A mosque was bombed in northern Babil. 2 Hashd were killed in northern Baghdad’s Taji district. There was a kidnapping and two more shooting incidents in Diyala. And 5 civilians were abducted in Salahaddin’s Samarra district with four of them being executed. Most of these attacks were meant to keep people and the security forces out of IS areas. The kidnappings were likely for intimidation and to extort money from civilians.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Jan 8-14

Jan 15-21

Anbar

2 Pro-Iran

2

1

Babil

2 Pro-Iran

4/3 Pro-Iran

1

Baghdad

4/3 Pro-Iran

10/7 Pro-Iran

1

Basra

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

-

2 Pro-Iran

-

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Diyala

4

3

3

Kirkuk

2

2

1 Pro-Iran

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran

3 Pro-Iran

-

Ninewa

2/1 Pro-Iran

2

2 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

1

2/1 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

18/9 Pro-Iran

31/17 Pro-Iran

12/5 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Jan 8-14

Jan 15-21

Anbar

-

4 (1K, 3W)

1 (1W)

Babil

-

1 (1W)

-

Baghdad

2 (1K, 1W)

12 (12W)

2 (2K)

Diyala

3 (1K, 2W)

3 (2K, 1W)

22 (11K, 11W)

Kirkuk

1 (1W)

-

-

Ninewa

1 (1K)

-

-

Salahaddin

-

1 (1W)

4 (4K)

TOTAL

7 (3K, 4W)

21 (3K, 18W)

29 (17K, 12W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups

 

December Totals 21 (2) – 4 Killed, 4 Wounded

1/2/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

1/3/22

2 Drones shot down – Baghdad International Airport

1/4/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

 

Drone shot down – Ain al-Asad Base, Anbar

1/5/22

Rockets – Camp Victory, Baghdad

 

Rockets – Ain al-Asad Base, Anbar

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna, Babil

1/6/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

1/9/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil, Baghdad x2, Muthanna, Salahaddin

 

IED dismantled – Baghdad, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, Muthanna

1/11/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad x2, Muthanna

 

IED Dismantled - Babil

1/12/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

1/13/22

Rockets – Green Zone – 3 Wounded

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Baghdad

 

IED on KDP offices - Baghdad

 

IED dismantled – Dhi Qar

1/14/22

Assassination attempt on KDP official - Baghdad

 

Grenades thrown at Taqadum and Azm offices - Baghdad

1/15/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

Drones shot down – Balad Air Base, Salahaddin

1/16/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Basra

1/19/22

IED 2nd Dep Speaker’s office - Kirkuk

 

January Totals 26 (9) – 3 Wounded

 

Security In Iraq 2021-22

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

Dec 22-28

18/8

11

27

Dec 29-31

7/1

5

4

DEC

78/23

56

67

Jan 1-7, 2022

18/9

3

4

Jan 8-14

35/21

3

18

Jan 15-21

12/5

17

12

 

Violence By Province Jan 8-14, 2022

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

Anbar

1 Incident

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

1 IED

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

4.6 incidents/ month

Babil

1 Incident

 

1 IED

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

Baghdad

1 Incident

2 Killed

2 Hashd

 

1 Shooting

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

Basra

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

Diyala

3 Incidents

11 Killed

11 ISF

11 Wounded

1 Civilian

10 ISF

 

3 Shootings

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

22.8 incidents/month

Kirkuk

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

Ninewa

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

2 Rockets

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

4 Killed

4 Civilians

 

1 Shooting

3 Drones

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "IS Executes Four Civilians in Iraq's Salahaddin," 1/16/22

 

NINA, "An Explosive Device Explodes Near A Mosque, North Of Babylon," 1/15/22

- "An ISIS Attack On A Military Point Thwarted, Northeast of Baquba," 1/21/22

- "Two Sheikhs Of Al-Joraniya Tribes Survived An Assassination Attempt Between Diyala And Baghdad," 1/16/22

 

NRT, "Eleven Killed In ISIS Attack In Diyala," 1/21/22

- "Rockets Fired At Turkish Base Near Mosul," 1/15/22

 

Shafaq News, "Army forces wounded in an explosion in Anbar," 1/19/22

- "Diyala … Unidentified persons stormed a poultry field, kidnapped workers and burned chickens," 1/17/22

- "In the second attack of its kind, a missile attack targets the Zlikan base, and the Turkish forces respond," 1/15/22

 

Sotaliraq, "An explosion targets a convoy carrying logistical equipment near Basra," 1/16/22

- "Two victims of the tribal crowd in an attack north of Baghdad," 1/18/22

 

Al Sumaria, "Targeting the office of the second deputy speaker of parliament in Kirkuk," 1/19/22

 

Xinhua, "Iraqi forces foil drone attack on air base north of Baghdad," 1/15/22

 

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