Monday, September 5, 2022

Security In Iraq Aug 22-28, 2022


Violence spiked during the fourth week of August in Iraq. That was largely due to a large number of attacks by the Islamic State across seven provinces.

 

There were a total of 23 security incidents in Iraq reported in the Media. That was the most since the first week of May.


 

3 Incidents were by groups linked with Iran. Rockets were fired at a Turkish military base in northern Ninewa which is targeted every month now. An IED went off on an Australian diplomatic convoy that was entering the Green Zone. Australia has reportedly been trying to mediate between the Shiite parties to overcome the deadlock over forming a new government. Finally, rockets were discovered in Sulaymaniya aimed at the Khor Mor oil field. The last two were acts of political violence. Sulaymaniya is run by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan which is currently aligned with the Coordination Framework which many pro-Iran groups are part of. It’s a reminder to stay that way or else.

 

That left 19 incidents by the Islamic State. That was the most incidents since 28 during the first week of May. The group may be trying to launch a belated summer offensive but that can only be determined if there are more incidents in the next few weeks. Only 12 of the 32 weeks this year have seen double digit incidents by the insurgency.

 

IS incidents took place in Anbar (1), Babil (1), Baghdad (3), Diyala (6), Kirkuk (6), Ninewa (1), and Salahaddin (1).

 

They led to 14 deaths and 15 wounded. 1 Asayesh, 1 Hashd al-Shaabi, 5 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and 7 civilians were killed while 4 civilians, 4 Hashd and 7 ISF were injured. Kirkuk had the most casualties of any province with 10. The others were all in single digits.

 

There were a few changes found in the uptick in incidents by IS compared to previous weeks. First there were incidents in Anbar and Baghdad both of which had seen no militant activity for the previous weeks of August. In Anbar there was a shooting, while in Baghdad there were two gunfire incidents and an IED two of which were aimed at patrols. Two of the attacks were in the south and one in the north in areas where IS has long been active in. The south however has been dormant for almost the entire year.

 

The two incidents in south Baghdad along with an IED on the Hashd in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr district were the only offensive operations by the insurgency during the week. That showed despite the increased activity most of the attacks were still the usual defensive ones meant to keep people and the government out of the areas where IS operates in such as central and northeast Diyala.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Aug 22-28

Anbar

-

-

-

1

Babil

-

-

-

1

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

4/1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

3

5

-

6

Kirkuk

4

6

3

6

Ninewa

-

1

2/1 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

Salahaddin

1

2

2/1 Pro-Iran

2/1 Pro-Iran

Sulaymaniya

-

-

-

1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

9/1 Pro-Iran

14

7/2 Pro-Iran

23/4 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Aug 1-7

Aug 8-14

Aug 15-21

Aug 22-28

Babil

-

-

-

2 (2W)

Baghdad

-

-

-

5 (2K, 3W)

Diyala

10 (5K, 5W)

5 (1K, 4W)

-

7 (4K, 3W)

Kirkuk

7 (7W)

8 (1K, 7W)

2 (2W)

10 (6K, 4W)

Ninewa

-

-

2 (2W)

2 (2K)

Salahaddin

4 (1K, 3W)

3 (3W)

2 (2W)

3 (3W)

TOTAL

21 (6K, 15W)

16 (2K, 14W)

6 (6W)

29 (14K, 15W)

 

Attacks by Pro-Iran Groups

 

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

8/5/22

IED – Turkish Mall, Baghdad

8/15/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

8/21/22

IED on convoy carrying supplies to US - Salahaddin

8/25/22

Rockets – Turkish army base, Ninewa

8/26/22

IED on Australia diplomatic convoy - Baghdad

8/28/22

Rockets found - Sulaymaniya

 

August Total 5 (1)

 

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

Jul 29-31

4

4

4

JUL

43/6

33

54

Aug 1-7

9/1

6

15

Aug 8-14

14

2

14

Aug 15-21

7/2

-

6

Aug 22-28

23/4

14

15

 

Violence By Province Aug 1-7, 2022

Province

Violence

2018 Avg

2019 Avg

2020 Avg

2021 Avg

2022 Avg

Anbar

1 Incident

1 Shooting

12.6 incidents/

month

8.6 incidents/ month

7.0 incidents/ month

4.6 incidents/ month

3.0 incidents/month

Babil

1 Incident

2 Wounded

2 Hashd

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.75 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

1.8 incidents/month

Baghdad

4/1 Pro-Iran Incident

2 Killed

1 Civilian

1 Hashd

3 Wounded

1 Civilian

2 Hashd

 

2 Shootings

2 IEDs

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

3.1 incidents/month

Diyala

6 Incidents

4 Killed

1 ISF

1 Asayesh

2 Civilians

3 Wounded

3 ISF

 

5 Shootings

1 IED

34.5 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

23.2 incidents/month

14.7 incidents/month

Kirkuk

6 Incidents

6 Killed

2 Civilians

4 ISF

4 Wounded

1 ISF

3 Civilians

 

5 Shootings

1 IED

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

8.7 incidents/month

Ninewa

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

2 Killed

2 Civilians

 

1 IED

1 Rockets

20.0 incidents/month

14.0 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

7.2 incidents/month

Salahaddin

2/1 Pro-Iran Incidents

3 Wounded

3 ISF

 

2 IEDs

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

6.4 incidents/month

Sulaymaniya

1 Pro-Iran Incident

1 Rockets

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCES

 

Asharq Al-Awsat, "Explosive Detonates in Baghdad, Targets Australian Diplomats," 8/26/22

 

Bas News, "Four Iraqi Policemen, One Civilian Killed in Separate IS Attacks," 8/23/22

- "Peshmerga Forces Foil Rocket Attack on Kor Mor Gas Field," 8/28/22

 

NINA, "A Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted With An IED, South OF Sala al-Din," 8/23/22

- "The PMF Thwart An Attempt to Encroaching Power Transmission Lines in Anbar," 8/24/22

- "One person was killed and another one wounded in an armed attack south of Baghdad," 8/24/22

- "The Popular Mobilization responds to a terrorist attack, northeast of Diyala," 8/22/22

- "A security source reveals the details of the killing of a woman and her son in Khanaqin, in Diyala," 8/26/22

- "Two children were killed by an explosive device left behind by ISIS, west of Mosul," 8/22/22

- "Two members of the Popular Mobilization Forces were wounded north of Babylon," 8/21/22

 

NRT, "Nine Missiles Launched At Zilikan Base," 8/25/22

 

Shafaq News, "An explosion targets an Iraqi army patrol north of Baghdad," 8/22/22

- "One of the crowd's victims was killed and three were wounded, including an employee, in two attacks in Baghdad," 8/28/22

- "Two victims and two wounded in an ISIS attack on a village west of Kirkuk," 8/23/22

- "A victim and two injured in an explosion targeting an Iraqi army patrol in Diyala," 8/26/22

 

Al Sumaria, "3 soldiers injured in an explosive device explosion west of Salahaddin," 8/23/22

- "A boy was killed in an armed attack in Diyala," 8/23/22

- "A soldier was killed by an explosive device in Kirkuk," 8/25/22

 

Xinhua, "4 IS militants killed in clashes with security forces in E. Iraq," 8/27/22

- "An ISIS sniper wounded a policeman north of Baquba," 8/27/22

 

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