Monday, May 16, 2022

Security In Iraq May 1-7, 2022


The start of May saw a drop in attacks by the Islamic State. This might mark the end of the annual Ramadan offensive. There was low level activity by Pro-Iran groups during the week as well.

 

There were a total of 30 security incidents recorded in Iraq from May 1-7. That compared to 44 the last full week of April which was the peak of the Islamic State’s Ramadan campaign.


 

There were three incidents by pro-Iran groups. All occurred on May 1 when rockets were fired into two locations in northern Ninewa and into Irbil. All three were acts of political violence aimed at intimidating the Kurdish Democratic Party which is aligned with Sadr in government formation talks. Tehran is opposed to his plan for a majority government and has had its proxies carry out an intimidation campaign as a result.

 

That left 28 incidents by the Islamic State. Those occurred in Anbar (1), Baghdad (2), Diyala (11), Kirkuk (7), Ninewa (4) and Salahaddin (2). The last full week of April IS carried out 40 incidents. This decline is likely a sign that the group’s Ramadan offensive is coming to an end.

 

They left 8 dead and 25 wounded. 3 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 5 civilians were killed. 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 1 Peshmerga, 11 ISF and 12 civilians were injured. Diyala had the most casualties with 19. The other provinces were in single digits.

 

The large jump in attacks has not changed the nature of most IS activity. A checkpoint in the Fallujah district was attacked. There was a shootout in the Baquba district of Diyala and another in Metibijia in Salahaddin. Mortars were also fired at the ISF in the Tuz Kharmato district of eastern Salahaddin. A convoy was fired at in eastern Salahaddin as well. That was 5 offensive operations out of 28. The other 23 were all defensive in nature meant to keep the government and civilians out of IS areas. Due to the declining state of the insurgency this is all the Islamic State can pull off these days. The group is down to survival mode. That means while it is able to carry out its annual campaigns it is still largely isolated to the rural, mountainous and desert regions of the country and has little impact upon Iraq.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

Anbar

1

Baghdad

2

Diyala

11

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran

Kirkuk

7

Ninewa

6/2 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

2

TOTAL

31/3 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

Baghdad

1 (1W)

Diyala

19 (8K, 11W)

Kirkuk

7 (7W)

Ninewa

6 (6W)

TOTAL

33 (8K, 25W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups

 

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

4/30/22

Rockets – Ain al-Assad base, Anbar

 

April Totals 20 (2)

5/1/22

Rockets - Irbil

 

Rockets – Bartella, Ninewa

 

Rockets – Qaraqosh, Ninewa

 

May Totals 3

 

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

Apr 29-30

6/1

2

6

APR

111/22

34

103

May 1-7

31/3

8

25

 

Violence By Province May 1-7, 2022

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

2022 Avg

Anbar

1 Incident

 

1 Gunfire

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

4.6 incidents/ month

4.2.0 incidents/month

Babil

-

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

Baghdad

2 Incidents

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

2.5 incidents/month

Diyala

11 Incidents

8 Killed

3 ISF

5 Civilians

11 Wounded

1 Hashd

2 ISF

8 Civilians

 

11 Shootings

1 Mortar

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.2 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

Irbil

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 Rockets

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkuk

7 Incidents

7 Wounded

1 Peshmerga

6 ISF

 

7 Shootings

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

11.25 Incidents/month

Ninewa

6/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

6 Wounded

2 ISF

4 Civilians

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

2 Rockets

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

7.0 incidents/month

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

 

1 Shooting

1 Mortar

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

7.0 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Peshmerga Forces Repel IS Attack in South of Erbil," 6/6/22

- "Peshmerga Member Wounded In ISIS Attack South Of Erbil," 5/6/22

- "Top Iraqi Intelligence Official Survives Assassination Attempt," 5/4/22

 

NINA, "A Civilian Seriously Injured By AN IED Left By ISIS, West Of Mosul," 5/1/22

- "An Infiltration Attempt By ISIS Terrorists Into Al-Siniya Island In Salah Al-Din Governorate Thwarted," 5/2/22

- "An ISIS Attack On PMF's Position Thwarted North Of Baquba, Diyala," 5/1/22

- "ISIS Attacks Iraqi Forces In Salahaddin," 5/7/22

- "ISIS targets a thermal camera for the Federal Police, south of Kirkuk," 5/2/22

- "The Peshmerga repels an ISIS attack on the road leading to Erbil," 5/6/22

- "The PMF Repels An ISIS Attack In Fallujah," 5/5/22

- "The Popular Mobilization Forces repel an attack by ISIS gangs north of Diyala," 5/1/22

- "The Popular Mobilization repels an attack by ISIS in Saadiya, in Diyala," 5/3/22

- "Rockets fall on Bartella and Qaraqosh, north of Mosul," 5/1/22

- "Security forces repel an ISIS attack in the Mutaibija area, east of Salah al-Din Governorate," 5/1/22

- "A Security source: A missile attack targets eastern Mosul, and another missile platform was found in Bashiqa district," 5/1/22

- "Security Source: Two Soldiers Wounded In Anbar Attack And An Exchange Of Fire West of Mosul," 5/2/22

- "A soldier was killed in an ISIS attack east of Baquba," 5/2/22

- "A soldier was wounded in a clash with ISIS, northeast of Baqubah," 5/5/22

- "A terrorist Attack foiled in Diyala," 5/5/22

- "A terrorist was killed in a clash with the guards of a gravel and sand factory in Diyala," 5/4/22

- "Three Civilians Injured In A Bomb Explosion South Of Mosul," 5/7/22

- "Three civilians were assassinated in Diyala," 5/5/22

- "Two civilians were injured by unidentified gunmen in Diyala," 5/6/22

 

NRT, "Civilian, Iraqi Soldier Killed In Separate ISIS Attacks In Diyala," 5/2/22

- "Missile Strikes Residential Area In Karrada, Baghdad: Security Media Cell," 5/4/22

 

Al Sumaria, "Five federal affiliates were injured by exposure in Kirkuk," 5/2/22

- "Gunmen attack members of the Ministry of Interior and Defense in Diyala," 5/6/22

- "A soldier was wounded in an armed attack north of Baghdad," 5/4/22

- "Three civilians were killed and injured in an armed attack north of Diyala," 5/2/22

- "Three soldiers were killed and injured in an ISIS attack in Diyala," 5/5/22

- "Thwarting an attempt to target a sheikh's house, southeast of Baghdad," 5/7/22

 

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