Thursday, February 24, 2022

Security In Iraq Feb 15-21, 2022


The Islamic State remains largely dormant in Iraq. Pro-Iran groups have also stepped back from their operations.

 

There were only 9 security incidents reported in the media from February 15-21. That compared to 14 the week before and 11 the first week of the month.


 

Groups aligned with Iran only carried out one incident when grenades were thrown at Speaker Mohammed Halbusi’s Taqadum’s office in the Hit district. This is part of the political violence that started after the October elections. Taqadum is aligned with Moqtada al-Sadr who wants to form a majority government that would exclude members of the Coordination Framework made up of the major Shiite parties besides Sadr’s. They have resorted to attacks to try to intimidate Sadr’s alliance to try to force them to create another national unity government that would include all the victories parties. They have not been successful so far.

 

There were just 8 incidents by the Islamic State during the week. There have been 8 attacks each week since the start of February. Overall incidents have been in the single digits and teens since the middle of September. That’s five months where the insurgency has mostly been inactive in the country, the longest period since 2003. It’s to the point where IS is having no impact upon Iraq since its operations are so few in number.

 

As usual almost all the incidents were defensive in nature. There were four IEDs in Diyala and Ninewa, one of which was old leftover from the war. There were also three shootings in Diyala and Kirkuk. The one exception were two bombs dismantled around power towers in Salahaddin. Last summer the militants went after the electricity infrastructure to undermine the standing of the government which has always struggled to provide power to the public. This was the only offensive incident during the week.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Feb 1-7

Feb 8-14

Feb 15-21

Anbar

-

2

1 Pro-Iran

Babil

-

1

-

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Diwaniya

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

-

Diyala

1

4

4

Irbil

1

-

-

Kirkuk

-

1

1

Muthanna

-

3 Pro-Iran

-

Ninewa

4/1Pro-Iran

-

2

Salahaddin

3

2 Pro-Iran

1

TOTAL

11/3 Pro-Iran

14/6 Pro-Iran

9/1 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Feb 1-7

Feb 8-14

Feb 15-21

Anbar

-

7 (7K)

-

Babil

-

2 (2W)

-

Diyala

4 (4W)

2 (1K, 1W)

7 (7W)

Irbil

3(3W)

-

-

Kirkuk

-

-

1 (1W)

Ninewa

3 (3W)

-

3 (3W)

Salahaddin

1 (1K)

-

-

TOTAL

11 (1K, 10W)

11 (8K, 3W)

11 (11W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups

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 - 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

 

IEDs on Cihan Bank and Kurdistan Bank, Baghdad

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

1/30/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar, Muthanna

 

January Totals 31 (9) – 3 Wounded

2/1/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

2/3/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

2/6/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

2/8/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

2/9/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

2/10/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

2/13/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

 

2 IEDs dismantled – Muthanna

2/19/22

Grenade – Taqadum office, Anbar

 

February Totals 8 (2)

 

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

Jan 29-31

6/2

2

6

JAN

87/41

33

59

Feb 1-7

11/3

1

10

Feb 8-14

14/6

8

3

Feb 15-21

9/1

-

11

 

Violence By Province Feb 8-14, 2022

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

Anbar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

4.6 incidents/ month

Babil

-

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

Baghdad

-

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

Diyala

4 Incidents

7 Wounded

3 Civilians

4 ISF

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.2 incidents/month

Kirkuk

1 Incident

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

Ninewa

2 Incidents

3 Wounded

3 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

Salahaddin

1 Incident

 

2 IEDs

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Four Iraqi Soldiers Wounded in Bombing in Diyala," 2/15/22

- "One Iraqi Soldier Injured in IS Attack South of Kirkuk," 2/15/22

- “Taqaddum Party Headquarters in Anbar Attacked with Grenade," 2/19/22

 

NINA, "3 Civilians Injured In An IED's Explosion West of Mosul," 2/20/22

- "An explosive device left behind by ISIS explodes west of Mosul," 2/18/22

- "An ISIS Attack Thwarted In Diyala," 2/21/22

 

NRT, "Two Injured In IED Explosion In Kifri," 2/17/22

 

Shafaq News, "Diyala .. A government employee survived an assassination attempt, and his minister threatened the attackers," 2/17/22

 

Al Sumaria, "Intelligence thwarts the bombing of electric power towers in Salahaddin," 2/16/22

 

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