Monday, April 11, 2022

Security In Iraq Apr 1-7, 2022


Activity by the Islamic State remained at a low level during the first week of April. At the same time there was a large jump in attacks by pro-Iran groups against American targets.


 

The number of attacks by groups linked with Tehran went from 11 total in March to 8 from April 1-7. The types of incidents were also different. There were only three bombings of logistics convoys working for the U.S. in Baghdad, Muthanna and Salahaddin. The other four were rocket attacks, three on a Kurdish base in Ninewa and one fired towards an oil refinery in Irbil. During March there were 10 IEDs and just two rocket attacks. Before it seemed like these factions were stepping away from their usual pace of operations because they were caught up in forming the next government. The attack on Irbil was actually part of that process as pro-Iran parties have turned to violence to push their agenda during talks.


 

There were 8 incidents by the Islamic State during the week. Attacks by the group have been at the lowest level ever since September. Starting in January 10 out of the 13 weeks have seen incidents in single digits.

 

From April 1-7 there were 6 wounded made up of 1 Hashd al-Shaabi and 5 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). These occurred in Babil and Ninewa.

 

In Babil a Hashd was wounded by a bomb in the Jurf al-Sakhr district in the northeast. This is a large Kataib Hezbollah base with army units surrounding it which often gets targeted by IS.

 

Diyala is the center of the insurgency and usually has the most incidents but during the week there was only one. That was a shooting at a checkpoint in the Muqdadiya district in the center of the province.

 

There were two separate kidnappings in Kirkuk. That included a peshmerga and four shepherds. These were likely done for ransom.

 

There was another offensive operation in Mosul when IS fired at some soldiers using the cover of a sandstorm. This was doubly rare because it happened inside a city when the insurgency is almost completely rural now. An IED wounded a policeman and some soldiers ran into a suicide bomber during a sweep leading four of them to be injured in Ninewa.

 

Finally there was a sticky bomb inside Tikrit, another urban incident.

 

In total there were two offensive operations from April 1-7 and two incidents in cities. The fact that were just 8 attacks overall showed that the Islamic State is largely dormant. This was especially striking because Ramadan began which has marked the start of the first insurgent offensive of the year since 2003. It doesn’t appear IS has the capability to do much this year.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Apr 1-7

Babil

1

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

1

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran

Kirkuk

2

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

6/3 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

16/8 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Apr 1-7

Babil

1 (1W)

Ninewa

5 (5W)

TOTAL

6 (6W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups

 

February Totals 11 (3)

3/1/22

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

3/4/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

3/8/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

3/13/22

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

3/15/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Basra, Muthanna, Salahaddin

3/18/22

Rockets – Balad Air Base, Salahaddin

3/27/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

3/30/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

March Totals 12

4/3/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna, Salahaddin

4/4/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

4/5/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

4/6/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

Rockets – Khabat, Irbil

4/7/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Dhi Qar

 

April Totals 8

 

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

Feb 22-28

8/4

1

5

FEB

42/14

10

29

Mar 1-7

7/3

1

-

Mar 8-14

18/3/1

6

5

Mar 15-21

10/4

5

6

Mar 22-28

6/1

7

4

Mar 29-31

4/1

-

5

MAR

46/12/1

19

21

Apr 1-7

16/8

-

6

 

Violence By Province Apr 1-7, 2022

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

2022 Avg

Anbar

-

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

4.6 incidents/ month

2.0 incidents/month

Babil

1 Incident

1 Wounded

1 Hashd

 

1 IED

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

1.6 incidents/month

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

2.0 incidents/month

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

 

Diyala

1 Incident

 

1 Shooting

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.2 incidents/month

11.0 incidents/month

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 Rockets

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 Incidents/month

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

 

 

 

 

 

Ninewa

6/3 Pro-Iran Incidents

5 Wounded

5 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

1 Suicide Bomber

3 Rockets

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

7.0 incidents/month

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

 

1 IED

1 Sticky Bomb

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

4.3 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "IS Carries Out First Attack in Ramadan against Iraqi Police Forces," 4/2/22

- "Second Attack in 24 Hours Targets Turkish Base in Northern Iraq," 4/4/22

 

NINA, "An PMF Fighter Wounded North Of Babylon," 4/6/22

- "Security Source: A Policeman Injured In An IED Explosion South of Mosul," 4/5/22

 

Al Rafidain, "An explosion targets a logistical support convoy of the International Coalition, West of Baghdad," 4/5/22

 

Rudaw, "Erbil's Khabat district attacked with Katyusha rockets," 4/6/22

 

Shafaq News, "An explosion targets a support convoy for the International Coalition in Al-Muthanna," 4/3/22

- "In conjunction with a dust storm, ISIS attacks the army in Mosul, and the crowd enters into alert," 4/7/22

- "A new explosion targets a convoy of support for the International Coalition in Salahaddin Governorate," 4/3/22

- "A new explosion targets a support convoy of the international coalition in southern Iraq," 4/7/22

- "Renewed missile strikes on Zilkan base in Mosul," 4/6/22

 

Sotaliraq, "ISIS kidnaps a member of the Peshmerga," 4/1/22

 

Al Sumaria, "A local official survived an assassination attempt in Tikrit," 4/6/22

- "Missile targets a Turkish base in Mosul," 4/3/22

- "Two officers and two associates were injured in Ninewa … Air Force planes take revenge," 4/4/22

 

Van Wilgenburg, Wladimir, "4 shepherds kidnapped by ISIS near Daquq district," Kurdistan 24, 4/7/22

 

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