Monday, January 31, 2022

Security In Iraq, Jan 22-28, 2022


Violence remains at a historic low during the winter of 2021-22. The Islamic State has gone into its winter break and is carrying out the fewest attacks since 2003. After a burst of activity during the start of January, incidents by pro-Iran groups has also fallen off.

 

There were a total of 16 security incidents reported in the media from January 22-28. That compared to 12 the week before, 31 the second week and 18 the first week of the month.


 

Attacks by factions aligned with Iran have decreased recently. There were 17 attacks by them the second week of January. Afterward there were 5 the third week and just 4 this week. That included an IED on a supply convoy working for the U.S. in Babil and rockets fired at Baghdad International Airport. Missiles were also launched at Speaker Mohammed Halbusi’s residence in Anbar and a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Sadr office in east Baghdad in two acts of political violence. It appears these groups wanted to announce that they were still a threat to America after the October elections as well as delivering a message to their political rivals that they needed to be included in the next government. Things have turned against them in negotiations however as they realized that Moqtada al-Sadr held the upper hand. That has led to a reduction in their activities in the second half of the month.

 

There were 12 incidents by the Islamic State during the week. IS attacks have been in the tens and teens for 18 weeks. The insurgency regularly lays low during the winter but this is the fewest attacks since 2003.

 

There were 8 deaths and 19 wounded during the week due to this activity. 4 civilians and 4 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed while 3 civilians and 16 ISF were injured. There were 12 casualties in Kirkuk and 10 in Diyala followed by 3 in Babil and 2 in Anbar.

 

IS attacked remained aimed at intimidation. In Diyala there were two shootings and two IEDs. These were all in the northeastern part of the province which has seen increasing attacks recently. The area is used for moving men and material between Diyala and Salahaddin. There are large security gaps there with no government presence. In Kirkuk there were two shootings, two IEDs, and two kidnappings. Similarly in Salahaddin a checkpoint was shot at. All of these were aimed at keeping civilians and the security forces out of IS dominated regions of the country. The group has been almost completely on the defensive since the middle of September of last year and marks another decline for the group who’s future is up in the air.

 

Finally, in north Babil an old IED went off that killed two and wounded another.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Jan 8-14

Jan 15-21

Jan 22-28

Anbar

2 Pro-Iran

2

1

1 Pro-Iran

Babil

2 Pro-Iran

4/3 Pro-Iran

1

2/1 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

4/3 Pro-Iran

10/7 Pro-Iran

1

2 Pro-Iran

Basra

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

Dhi Qar

-

2 Pro-Iran

-

-

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Diyala

4

3

3

4

Kirkuk

2

2

1 Pro-Iran

5

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

1

TOTAL

18/9 Pro-Iran

31/17 Pro-Iran

12/5 Pro-Iran

16/4 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Jan 8-14

Jan 15-21

Jan 22-28

Anbar

-

4 (1K, 3W)

1 (1W)

2 (2W)

Babil

-

1 (1W)

-

3 (2K, 1W)

Baghdad

2 (1K, 1W)

12 (12W)

2 (2K)

-

Diyala

3 (1K, 2W)

3 (2K, 1W)

22 (11K, 11W)

10 (2K, 8W)

Kirkuk

1 (1W)

-

-

12 (4K, 8W)

Ninewa

1 (1K)

-

-

-

Salahaddin

-

1 (1W)

4 (4K)

-

TOTAL

7 (3K, 4W)

21 (3K, 18W)

29 (17K, 12W)

27 (8K, 19W)

 

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

1/23/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Babil

1/26/22

Rockets – Speaker Halbusi’s House, Anbar

 

Molotov cocktail – Sadr office, Baghdad

1/28/22

Rockets – Baghdad International Airport

 

January Totals 29 (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

Jan 22-28

16/3

8

19

 

Violence By Province Jan 22/28, 2022

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

2 Wounded

2 Civilians

 

1 Rockets

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

4.6 incidents/ month

Babil

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

2 IEDs

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

Baghdad

2 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

1 Molotov Cocktail

1 Rockets

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

Basra

-

 

 

 

 

Diyala

4 Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

8 Wounded

8 ISF

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

22.8 incidents/month

Kirkuk

6 Incidents

4 Killed

4 ISF

8 Wounded

8 ISF

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

Ninewa

-

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

Salahaddin

1 Incident

 

1 Gunfire

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Diyala: Iraqi Officer, Three Soldiers Injured in Bombing," 1/26/22

- "IS Attacks Iraqi Army in Daquq," 1/28/22

 

Mehr News, "US logistics convoy targeted in Iraq's Babil," 1/23/22

 

Al Monitor, "Baghdad airport hit with rockets, no one hurt," 1/28/22

 

NINA, "ISIS elements kidnap a civilian in a village in Kirkuk," 1/26/22

- "Unidentified Gunmen Attack The House Of An Officer In Counter-Terrorism Service Of The PUK," 1/28/22

 

NRT, Four Members Of Iraqi Army Killed In IED Explosion In Kirkuk" 1/24/22

- "Rockets Fired NE Of Fallujah, Likely Targeting Parliament Speaker's Guesthouse," 1/26/22

 

Shafaq News, "Federal Police wounded in an explosion in Kirkuk," 1/25/22

- "ISIS attacks army points east of Salahaddin," 1/28/22

- "ISIS kidnaps a farmer in Kirkuk," 1/23/22

- "The number of casualties from the Iraqi army increased in the Hamrin Basin operation in Diyala," 1/27/22

- "An officer was injured in clashes with ISIS between two Iraqi provinces," 1/27/22

 

Sotaliraq, "Two civilians were killed in an armed attack in Diyala," 1/24/22

 

Al Sumaria, "Urgent - 3 people were killed and injured as a result of a war remnant explosion in Babylon," 1/28/22

- "Urgent - An attack on Al-Sadr's Baladiyat headquarters, east of Baghdad … with Molotov cocktails," 1/26/22

 

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