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Security In Iraq Apr 22-28, 2022


Violence took a large jump in Iraq during the 4th week of April. The Islamic State was in the middle of its annual Ramadan offensive while pro-Iran groups also stepped up their attacks a bit. That resulted in the most incidents since August 2021.

 

There were a total of 44 security incidents recorded in Iraq from April 22-28. that was the most since 44 during the first week of August 2021.


 

4 incidents were by pro-Iran groups. Convoys working for the U.S. were bombed in Anbar and Muthanna. Rockets were also fired at Turkish military bases in Dohuk and Ninewa. The camp in Ninewa has become a regular target. The one in Dohuk is something new showing that these factions are expanding their reach. Overall, there have been 19 incidents by these groups in April. That’s up from 12 in March and 11 in February. Attacks have increased as government formation talks have stalled.


 

Attacks by the Islamic State have gone up each week of the month due to its Ramadan offensive. There were 8 attacks the first week of April, 14 the second week, 22 the third and 40 the fourth. The last time there was that many incidents was during the 2020 Ramadan offensive when there were 65 incidents the third week of May.

 

Incidents during the week were distributed across Anbar (4), Babil (2), Baghdad (2), Diyala (9), Kirkuk (11), Ninewa (3), Salahaddin (8) and Sulaymaniya (1).

 

They resulted in 14 dead and 44 wounded. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 4 civilians and 9 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed along with 8 Hashd, 10 civilians and 26 ISF being injured. Diyala had the most casualties with 17 followed by 14 in Anbar and 11 in Salahaddin. The other four provinces were in single digits.

 

There were 4 attacks in Anbar including two checkpoints being hit in the Rutba and Hit districts.

 

Mortars were fired at Camp Taji and a suicide bomber was discovered during a raid in Tarmiya who detonated his device killing two soldiers and wounding three more. The security forces routinely mention finding suicide belts during security sweeps but they rarely record any going off. The first week of April another belt blew up during a security operation. Both of these were in the northern section of Baghdad province with Tarmiya being a long time IS base. Despite that there hadn’t been any activity in the capital since January.

 

Three IEDs went off in Babil, one of which was a leftover from the war. The other two detonated in Jurf al-Sakhr which is a large Kataib Hezbollah base and a steady target of IS.

 

All 9 incidents in Diyala were defensive in nature. Four of those were checkpoints being attacked with IS trying to destroy thermal cameras. Two incidents were in the Muqdadiya district in the center, four were in Khanaqin in the northeast and the remaining three were in the north. These are all the normal areas IS operates in Diyala.

 

4 of the 10 incidents in Kirkuk were offensive. Those included two mortar attacks, a police station being assaulted, and an IED on the commander of the Federal Police’s 5th Division. There were also three shootouts with the army. All of these happened in the south which is a large IS controlled area.

 

The militants ambushed an army patrol in the Makhmour district of Ninewa. There was also a kidnapping and an IED.

 

In Salahaddin a suicide bomber was intercepted by the army, shot and then set off his device. There was one offensive operation when an ISF base was attacked in Dujail.

 

That was a total of 10 offensive attacks during the week. There were 3 the week before. Despite that increase it still showed the limitations of the Islamic State. It’s still incapable of really going on the offensive even during a major campaign and its networks into urban areas have apparently dried up. Almost all of its attacks are still focused upon keeping people out of its core areas. Those are rural, desert and mountain regions where there are few civilians and little government presence.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Apr 1-7

Apr 8-14

Apr 15-21

Apr 22-28

Anbar

-

4/1 Pro-Iran

2

5/1 Pro-Iran

Babil

1

1 Pro-Iran

2

2

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

3/1 Pro-Iran

2

Dhi Qar

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Diwaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

-

Diyala

1

3

8

9

Dohuk

-

1 Pro-Iran

-

1 Pro-Iran

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

-

Kirkuk

2

6

3

11

Muthanna

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

6/3 Pro-Iran

1

-

4/1 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

5

8

Sulaymaniya

-

-

-

1

TOTAL

16/8 Pro-Iran

21/7 Pro-Iran

24/2 Pro-Iran

44/4 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Apr 1-7

Apr 8-14

Apr 15-21

Apr 22-28

Anbar

-

6 (3K, 3W)

2 (1K, 1W)

14 (3K, 11W)

Babil

1 (1W)

-

3 (3W)

4 (4W)

Baghdad

-

-

1 (1W)

5 (2K, 3W)

Diyala

-

4 (1K, 3W)

19 (6K, 13W)

17 (3K, 14W)

Kirkuk

-

15 (3K, 12W)

1 (1W)

4 (1K, 3W)

Ninewa

5 (5W)

-

-

3 (2K, 1W)

Salahaddin

-

8 (1K, 7W)

6 (3K, 3W)

11 (3K, 8W)

TOTAL

6 (6W)

33 (8K, 25W)

32 (10K, 22W)

58 (14K, 44W)

 

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

4/8/22

Drone Shot Down – Ain Al-Assad Base, Anbar

4/10/22

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

 

Drone Strike - Dohuk

4/13/22

Rockets Discovered - Baghdad

4/14/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Babil

4/17/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Diwaniya

4/21/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Baghdad

4/22/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Dohuk

4/23/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Muthanna

4/24/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Anbar

 

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

April Totals 19 (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

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

Apr 8-14

21/7

8

25

Apr 15-21

22/2

10

22

Apr 22-28

44/4

14

44

 

Violence By Province Apr 22-28, 2022

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

2022 Avg

Anbar

5/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

3 Killed

1 Hashd

2 ISF

11 Wounded

2 Civilians

3 Hashd

6 ISF

 

3 Shootings

2 IEDs

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

4.6 incidents/ month

2.0 incidents/month

Babil

2 Incidents

4 Wounded

1 Hashd

3 Civilians

 

3 IEDs

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

1.6 incidents/month

Baghdad

2 Incidents

2 Killed

2 ISF

3 Wounded

3 ISF

 

1 Mortar

1 Suicide Bomber

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

2.0 incidents/month

Diyala

9 Incidents

3 Killed

1 ISF

2 Civilians

14 Wounded

2 Hashd

3 Civilians

9 ISF

 

6 Shootings

3 IEDs

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.2 incidents/month

11.0 incidents/month

Dohuk

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 Rockets

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkuk

11 Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

3 Wounded

1 Civilians

2 ISF

 

8 Shootings

1 IED

2 Mortar

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

4/1 Pro-Iran Incident

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 ISF

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

2 Shootings

1 IED

1 Rockets

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

7.0 incidents/month

Salahaddin

8 Incidents

3 Killed

1 Civilians

2 ISF

8 Wounded

2 Hashd

6 ISF

 

5 Shootings

1 IED

1 Suicide Bomber

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

4.3 incidents/month

Sulaymaniya

1 Incident

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCES

 

Agence France Presse, "Suicide bomber kills two Iraqi troops during anti-ISIS raid," 4/26/22

 

Bas News, "Bombing Kills Senior Hashd Al-Shaabi Commander in Anbar," 4/24/22

- "Five Iraqi Policemen Killed, Injured in Separate Attacks," 4/23/22

- "IED Blast Wounds Five Iraqi Soldiers in Khanaqin," 4/27/22

- "IS Abducts Another Shepherd in Garmiyan," 4/25/22

- "IS Carries out Three Attacks on Iraqi Army in Kirkuk," 4/25/22

- "IS Executes Civilian South of Nineveh: Paramilitary Source," 4/25/22

- "Kurdish Villagers Repel IS Attack in South of Kirkuk," 4/27/22

 

Iraq Newspaper, "ISIS sets up ambushes in western Iraq and attacks civilians and security personnel," 4/24/22

 

Al Masalah, "A missile attack targeting a Turkish military base in Dohuk," 4/22/22

 

NINA, "5 Soldiers Killed And Wounded In An ISIS Attack In Diyala," 4/22/22

- "The army thwarts an attack launched by ISIS on a military post northeast of Baquba," 4/28/22

- "A Civilian Wounded In An Explosive Device Explosion In Sinjar District, West Of Mosul," 4/24/22

- "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted With An IED In Anbar," 4/24/22

- "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted With An In Al-Muthanna," 4/23/22

- "An IED Explodes In Al-Azim Sector In Diyala," 4/23/22

- "ISIS attacks Federal Police force west of Kirkuk," 4/25/22

- "ISIS attacks the village of a former MP, south of Kirkuk," 4/25/22

- "Mortar bombs fell on a village in Kirkuk," 4/24/22

- "A policeman killed south of Kirkuk," 4/22/22

- "A Policeman Wounded In An ISIS Attack South of Kirkuk," 4/27/22

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces Repel Two Terrorist Attacks In Diyala," 4/25/22

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces Thwart An Infiltration Attempt By ISIS In Jurf al-Sakhr," 4/23/22

- "Video…A Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up After Being Shot By Security Forces In Samarra Operations Sector," 4/25/22

 

NRT, "Iraqi Soldier Killed In IS Attack," 4/25/22

- "Several Missiles Fired At Zilikan Base Near Mosul," 4/24/22

- "Two Killed, Three Wounded In IED Explosion In Khanaqin," 4/22/22

 

Shafaq News, "Diyala .. ISIS attacks thermal camera No. 12 in less than a month," 4/24/22

- "Four wounded, including two policeman, in a clash with ISIS, west of Anbar," 4/24/22

- "Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi confronts ISIS attack in Muqdadiya," 4/27/22

- "The Iraqi army repels an attack by ISIS elements and targets them with mortar shells in Salahaddin,' 4/23/22

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces thwart an attack by ISIS southwest of Kirkuk," 4/27/22

- "A shepherd fell victim to an explosion of war debris in Tikrit," 4/27/22

- "Three children injured in an explosion in Babylon," 4/27/22

 

Shilani, Mustafa, "ISIS launches 3 attacks in one night on Iraqi Security Forces," Kurdistan 24, 4/30/22

 

Al Sumaria, "Two soldiers were wounded in an ISIS attack in Salahaddin," 4/28/22

 

Xinhua, "3 mortar rounds hit military base near Baghdad," 4/26/22

- "3 soldiers, 2 IS militants killed in clashes in Iraq," 4/26/22

- "Iraqi forces thwart 2 IS attacks, kill 2 IS militants," 4/25/22

 

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