Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Security In Iraq Jul 22-28, 2022


During the fourth week of July there was an increase in activity by both the Islamic State and pro-Iran groups. The former may be starting its annual summer offensive but it’s too early to tell right now. The latter picked up attacks in response to a Turkish strike that killed several civilians in Kurdistan.

 

There were a total of 18 security incidents reported in Iraq from July 22-28. That was the highest total this month and the most since the third week of May.


 

There were 7 incidents by pro-Iran groups. These were almost all aimed at Turkey after a deadly incident in Kurdistan. In Ninewa. rockets were launched at a Turkish base in Zilikan three times while mortars were fired at the Turkish consulate in Mosul. In Dohuk there were two drone strikes on a Turkish military camp although the second failed. Finally, in Sulaymaniya rockets were fired at the Khor Mor oil field. This was the fourth time the oil field had been targeted since June. Those were all political messages to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan that runs Sulaymaniya to stay with the Coalition Framework against Moqtada al-Sadr.

 

That left 11 incidents by the Islamic State in Baghdad (2), Diyala (3), Kirkuk (2), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (3).

 

Those led to 9 deaths and 21 wounded. 1 member of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 2 Hashd al-Shaabi and 6 civilians were killed while 4 ISF, 4 Hashd and 13 civilians were injured. Diyala had the most casualties at 17. The other provinces were all in single digits.

 

There were two offensive operations by IS during the week. In Kirkuk, three power towers were blown up. This is a common tactic during the summer to increase discontent with the government which has always struggled to provide electricity. A military base was also attacked in the Makhoul Mountains in Salahaddin.

 

The other incidents were all routine for the insurgency. There were two shootings in Baghdad’s northern Tarmiya district. A sniper fired at a checkpoint and two villages were assaulted in Diyala. There was an IED on some police in Kirkuk and another bomb in Ninewa. Finally, there were two shootings in Salahaddin, one aimed at a checkpoint manned by Hashd. These are the normal types of operations IS is involved in each week. They are aimed at controlling rural areas where the group is based. They want to intimidate the local population and drive out the security forces. They have been doing this for the last four years but little else showing the decline of the organization.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jul 1-7

Jul 8-14

Jul 15-21

Jul 22-28

Babil

-

-

1

-

Baghdad

1

2

1

2

Diyala

1

1

4

3

Kirkuk

-

-

-

2

Ninewa

4

-

1

5/4 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

1 Pro-Iran

-

4/2 Pro-Iran

3

TOTAL

7/1 Pro-Iran

3

11/2 Pro-Iran

18/7 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jul 1-7

Jul 8-14

Jul 15-21

Jul 22-28

Babil

-

-

2 (2W)

-

Baghdad

3 (1K, 2W)

2 (2W)

-

4 (2K, 2W)

Diyala

7 (2K, 5W)

-

11 (7K, 4W)

17 (4K, 13W)

Kirkuk

-

-

-

3 (1K, 2W)

Ninewa

7 (3K, 4W)

-

2 (1K, 1W)

1 (1W)

Salahaddin

-

-

15 (6K, 9W)

5 (2K, 3W)

TOTAL

17 (6K, 11W)

2 (2W)

30 (14K, 16W)

30 (9K, 21W)

 

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

7/22/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

Drones – Turkish army base, Dohuk

7/24/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

7/25/22

Rockets – Khor Mor gas field, Sulaymaniya

7/27/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

 

Mortar – Turkish Consulate, Ninewa

7/28/22

Drone crash - Dohuk

 

July Total 9

 

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

Jul 22-28

18/7

9

21

 

Violence By Province Jul 22-28, 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

-

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

2.0 incidents/month

Baghdad

2 Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

2 Shootings

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

2.5 incidents/month

Diyala

3 Incidents

4 Killed

4 Civilians

13 Wounded

1 Hashd

12 Civilians

 

3 Shootings

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.2 incidents/month

15.3 incidents/month

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

1 Killed

1 ISF

2 Wounded

2 ISF

 

4 IEDs

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

9.8 incidents/month

Ninewa

5/4 Pro-Iran Incidents

1 Wounded

1 Civilian

 

1 IED

1 Mortar

3 Rockets

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

6.6 incidents/month

Salahaddin

3 Incidents

2 Killed

2 Hashd

3 Wounded

3 Hashd

 

3 Shootings

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

6.6 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "IS Explodes Three Power Electricity Towers in Kirkuk," 7/26/22

- "IS Kills Seven, Injures Dozens in a Series of Attacks in Iraq," 7/25/22

 

Kurdistan 24, "Drone crashes on plain in Duhok's Bamerne," 7/28/22

 

NINA, "An attack targeting security forces in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Salah al-Din," 7/22/22

- "A Civilian Injured In An IED Exploded At The Entrance To Hammam al-Alil, South of Mosul," 7/23/22

- "A Missile Hit A Turkish Camp North of Mosul," 7/22/22

- "Targeting a Turkish base north of Mosul with a number of missiles," 7/27/22

- "Two booby-trapped drones attack a Turkish army base north of Dohuk," 7/22/22

- "Two Members Of Federal Police Injured In AN IED Explosion South Of Kirkuk," 7/25/22

- "A Turkish Base North Of Mosul Targeted With A Number Of Missiles," 7/24/22

 

NRT, "Nine Rockets Fired At Khor Mor Gas Field," 7/25/22

 

Shafaq News, "A civilian and a member of the Popular Mobilization were injured in an ISIS attack in Diyala," 7/27/22

 

Al Sumaria, "Two brothers killed in an armed attack north of Baghdad," 7/24/22

- "Two members injured in an armed attack north of Baghdad - Urgent," 7/23/22

 

Xinhua, "3 killed, 5 wounded in IS attacks in Iraq," 7/25/22

- "Mortar barrage targets Turkish consulate in Iraq's Mosul," 7/27/22

 

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