Monday, January 23, 2023

Security In Iraq Jan 15-21, 2023


The number of incidents by the Islamic State doubled during the third week of January compared to the last week. There was also another attack by a pro-Iran group something that has become rare in Iraq since last fall.

 

There were a total of 11 security incidents reported in Iraq from January 15-21. That compared to 6 the second week of January and 7 the 1st week.

 

In Yusifiya in southern Baghdad an IED hit a convoy working for the United States. This was the second incident by a pro-Iran group in January. These groups are very quiet right now because they are arguing over positions in the new government.

 

That left 10 incidents by the Islamic State. Those took place in Diyala (3), Kirkuk (2), Ninewa (2), Salahaddin (2), and Sulaymaniya (1).

 

That was double the number of incidents the week before. Incidents had been in single digits for the previous five weeks.

 

They left 2 dead and 7 wounded. 2 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed and 4 more were injured along with 3 civilians. There were 4 casualties in Diyala, 2 in Kirkuk and 3 in Ninewa.

 

Kidnappings were the major event of the week. 3 people were taken in Diyala 6 more in Salahaddin in two different incidents, and another 2 in southern Sulaymaniya. These were likely done for money as abducting people remains a major means of financing for the insurgency.

 

In Diyala 2 police were shot and killed and an IED wounded 2 soldiers. In Kirkuk 2 more police were killed in an attack and a suicide bomber was caught in a security sweep. There were two IEDs in Ninewa. All but the suicide bomber were routine IS incidents. They were aimed at keeping the security forces out of IS areas. The Iraqi forces said the suicide bomber was on a mission when he was ambushed and killed. A similar event occurred at the start of the month. Suicide bombings are a rare even in Iraq currently. It’s not clear whether these were attempts by the militants to carry out a mass casualty bombing or whether they were simply fighters moving from one area to another who were caught by the government.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Jan 8-14

Jan 15-21

Baghdad

4

-

1 Pro-Iran

Diyala

2

3

3

Kirkuk

-

-

2

Ninewa

1

1

2

Salahaddin

-

1

2

Sulaymaniya

-

1 Pro-Iran

1

TOTAL

7

6/1 Pro-Iran

11/1 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jan 1-7

Jan 8-14

Jan 15-21

Baghdad

5 (3K, 2W)

-

-

Diyala

1 (1K)

3 (3K)

4 (4W)

Kirkuk

-

-

2 (2K)

Ninewa

-

-

3 (3W)

Salahaddin

-

4 (2K, 2W)

-

TOTAL

6 (4K, 2W)

7 (5K, 2W)

9 (2 K, 7W)

 

Security In Iraq 2022-23

Week

Security

Incidents

(Total/By IS)

Dead

(Total/By IS)

Wounded

(Total/By IS)

Jan 1-7

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

Aug 29-31

4

2

4

AUG

57/7/1

24

54

Sep 1-7

11/1

3

20

Sep 8-14

5

-

12

Sep 15-21

12

4

14

Sep 22-28

10/2 M

2

16

Sep 29-30

3/1 M

-

2

SEP

41/1/3 M

9

64

Oct 1-7

9/2 M

6

16

Oct 8-14

8/2/1 M

5

19

Oct 15-21

6

4

7

Oct 22-28

3

2

1

Oct 29-31

2

-

2

OCT

28/2/3 M

17

45

Nov 1-7

7

1

3

Nov 8-14

6

1

8

Nov 15-21

8

7

17

Nov 22-28

2

1

-

Nov 29-30

-

-

-

NOV

23

10

28

Dec 1-7

13/1

6

11

Dec 8-14

6

7

8

Dec 15-21

6

29

15

Dec 22-28

6

-

4

Dec 29-31

2

-

-

DEC

33/1

42

38

Jan 1-7

7

4

2

Jan 8-14

6/1

5

2

Jan 15-21

11/1

2

7

 

Violence By Province Jan 15-21, 2023

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

2.0 incidents/month

Babil

-

4.0 incidents/month

3.0 incidents/month

2.7 incidents/month

2.5 incidents/month

2.0 incidents/month

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran Incident

 

1 IED

33.0 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

7.3 incidents/month

5.6 incidents/ month

3.5 incidents/month

Diyala

3 Incidents

4 Wounded

4 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 IED

38.6 incidents/month

30.0 incidents/month

30.6 incidents/month

22.8 incidents/month

12.2 incidents/month

Kirkuk

2 Incidents

2 Killed

2 ISF

 

1 Shooting

1 Suicide Bomber Killed

36.5 incidents/month

18.6 incidents/month

13.9 incidents/month

11.6 incidents/month

8.2 incidents/month

Ninewa

2 Incidents

3 Wounded

3 Civilians

 

2 IEDs

20.0 incidents/month

13.2 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

8.4 incidents/month

6.0 incidents/month

Salahaddin

2 Incidents

21.7 incidents/month

10.6 incidents/month

11.2 incidents/month

11.5 incidents/month

5.5 incidents/month

Sulaymaniya

1 Incident

 

 

 

 

 

IRAQ

-

166.6 incidents/month

95.5 incidents/month

85.5 incidents/month

69.9 incidents/month

40.2 incidents/month

 

SOURCES

 

Kurdistan 24, "ISIS kidnapped three shepherds in Diyala governorate," 1/20/23

 

Al Masalah, "ISIS gangs kidnapped four citizens in Salahaddin," 1/20/23

 

NINA, "A child injured when an explosive device left by ISIS exploded, west of Mosul," 1/16/23

- "A terrorist, wearing an explosive belt, killed in Kirkuk," 1/21/23

- "Two children seriously injured by an IED west of Mosul," 1/21/23

- "Two soldiers were injured when an explosive device exploded in Diyala," 1/21/23

 

NRT, "ISIS Militants Kidnap Shepherd From Village In Garmian," 1/15/23

 

Rudaw, "Unidentified armed men injure two Iraqi policemen in Diyala," 1/21/23

 

Shafaq News, "ISIS kidnaps two shepherds in a disputed area," 1/15/23

- "A logistical support convoy targeted the International Coalition south of Baghdad," 1/19/23

- "A terrorist attack kills a police officer and affiliate in Kirkuk," 1/18/23

 

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