Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Security In Iraq Jul 15-21, 2022


The insurgency in Iraq remains at its lowest level since 2003. Attacks by the Islamic State remained in single digits while there were only a few incidents by pro-Iran groups.

 

There were a total of 11 security incidents in Iraq reported in the media from July 15-21.


 

Two convoys working for the U.S. were bombed by pro-Iran groups in Salahaddin. These were only the second and third attacks by these factions in July.

 

There were 9 incidents by the Islamic State. Those occurred in Babil (1), Baghdad (1), Diyala (4), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (2). Attacks by IS have been in single digits for 7 weeks now. Since the start of the year 18 of the 27 weeks have seen single digit attacks by the group.

 

They resulted in a relatively high number of casualties compared to previous weeks. 14 people were killed consisting of 4 civilians and 10 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Another 16 were wounded, 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 6 civilians and 8 ISF. There were 15 casualties in Salahaddin 11 in Diyala, and two each in Babil and Ninewa.

 

An IED went off on some Hashd in Babil’s Jurf al-Nasr leaving two wounded. The district is a large Kataib Hezbollah base and a target of opportunity for the Islamic State.

 

A suicide bomber was killed by the security forces in Tarmiya in north Baghdad province. This is a long-time insurgent base. If there are incidents in the capital governorate they usually occur here.

 

There were four incidents in Diyala, an IED and three shootings. Three of those attacks happened in the center of the province and the fourth was in Khanaqin in the northeast. These are the main IS areas in Iraq.

 

IS attacked an army base outside of Mosul killing one soldier and wounding another. This was the second offensive operation of the week. Direct attacks on the security forces like this are rare these days.

 

There were two shootings in Salahaddin. One targeted a checkpoint and killed 6 police and wounded 7 more.

 

Two of the seven incidents during the week were offensive. All were in rural areas of the country. This is the present pattern of Islamic State activity over the last year or two. It is attempting to protect its main operating areas like in Diyala. It rarely attacks government forces outside of those regions and is almost completely absent from Iraq’s cities.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jul 1-7

Jul 8-14

Jul 15-21

Babil

-

-

1

Baghdad

1

2

1

Diyala

1

1

4

Ninewa

4

-

1

Salahaddin

1 Pro-Iran

-

4/2 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

7/1 Pro-Iran

3

11/2 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jul 1-7

Jul 8-14

Jul 15-21

Babil

-

-

2 (2W)

Baghdad

3 (1K, 2W)

2 (2W)

-

Diyala

7 (2K, 5W)

-

11 (7K, 4W)

Ninewa

7 (3K, 4W)

-

2 (1K, 1W)

Salahaddin

-

-

15 (6K, 9W)

TOTAL

17 (6K, 11W)

2 (2W)

30 (14K, 16W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups

 

May Total 11 (2) – 1 killed

6/2/22

Drone shot down – Turkish Base, Ninewa

6/5/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

6/8/22

Drone – Irbil – 3 wounded

6/9/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

Rockets – Oil Company, Ninewa

6/12/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Salahaddin

6/17/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

6/19/22

2 IEDs – Iraqi intelligence HQ, Baghdad

6/22/22

Rockets – Sheikhan, Ninewa

 

Rockets – Khor Mor gas field, Sulaymaniya

6/24/22

Rockets – Khor Mor gas field, Sulaymaniya

6/25/22

Rockets – Khor Mor gas field, Sulaymaniya

6/26/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Basra

 

June Total 13 (1) – 5 wounded

7/3/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

7/19/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

7/21/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US – Salahaddin

 

July Total 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

May 8-14

9/2

2

7

May 15-21

18/6

10

6

May 22-28

13/1

21

11

May 29-31

2/1

-

2

MAY

73/13

41

51

Jun 1-7

6/2

-

8

Jun 8-14

12/4

1

9

Jun 15-21

10/2

5

2

Jun 22-28

12/6

1

14

Jun 29-30

-

-

-

JUN

40/14

7

33

Jul 1-7

7/1

6

11

Jul 8-14

3

-

2

Jul 15-21

11/2

14

16

 

Violence By Province Jul 8-14, 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

3.5 incidents/month

Babil

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Hashd

 

1 IED

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

2.0 incidents/month

Baghdad

1 Incident

 

1 Suicide Bomber Killed

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

2.5 incidents/month

Diyala

4 Incidents

7 Killed

3 ISF

4 Civilians

4 Wounded

4 Civilians

 

3 Shootings

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.2 incidents/month

15.3 incidents/month

Ninewa

1 Incident

1 Killed

1 ISF

1 Wounded

1 ISF

 

2 Shootings

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

6.6 incidents/month

Salahaddin

4/2 Pro-Iran Incidents

6 Killed

6 ISF

9 Wounded

2 Civilians

7 ISF

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

6.6 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "IED Blast Injures Four outside Khanaqin," 7/18/22

- "IS Kills Six Iraqi Policeman, Injures Seven," 7/20/22

 

NINA, "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted With An IED, South of Salah al-Din," 7/19/22

- "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Targeted With An IED, South Of Salah al-Din," 7/21/22

- "Gunmen Assassinate Owner Of A Generator In Diyala," 7/21/22

- "Injures in an armed attack on a civilian vehicle west of Samarra," 7/16/22

- "A Taxi Driver Killed In Diyala," 7/17/22

- "Three brothers and two children were killed in the Mansouriya attack in Diyala," 7/21/22

 

Al Sumaria, "Two members of the crowd were injured in a bomb explosion in Jurf al-Nasr," 7/21/22

 

Xinhua, "Iraqi soldier, IS militants killed in Iraq," 7/17/22

 

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