Monday, June 5, 2023

Islamic State Continues Its Decline In Iraq In April 2023


The security situation in Iraq was largely unchanged from April to May 2023. There were nearly the same number of incidents during each month.

 

In May there were 15 security incidents reported in the media. That compared to 16 in April. In 2022 there was an average of 40.2 incidents per month. In 2023 that has dropped to 16.4 a more than 50% decline.

 

May’s incidents took place in Anbar (1), Baghdad (2), Diyala (4), Kirkuk (1), Ninewa (5), and Salahaddin (2).

 

They left 8 dead and 14 wounded. 1 member of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), 3 civilians and 4 Hashd al-Shaabi lost their lives while another 2 ISF, 5 Hashd and 7 civilians were injured. All six provinces with casualties were in single digits. Baghdad had the most with 7 dead and wounded.

 

During the first week of the month there were 2 incidents. During the second week there were 6 incidents with one being an old IED going off leaving just 5 actual attacks. In the third week there were 3 incidents. The fourth week there were 3 incidents with another old IED involved meaning there were only 2 attacks. 1 of those incidents, a sticky bomb in western Diyala was offensive. In the last three days of the month there were 2 more incidents, 2 IEDs in southeast Diyala. Those were offensive in nature as well. Out of the 15 incidents during the month one took place in a city, Kirkuk. That was very rare as the insurgency has lost its networks into Iraq’s urban centers. Everything else was more traditional taking place in the isolated rural areas of the nation. In those areas the Islamic State is solely focused upon survival. Almost all the attacks it carries out are meant to keep civilians and the government out. That’s the reason why offensive actions are so rare.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

May 8-14

May 15-21

May 22-28

May 29-31

Totals

Anbar

-

-

-

1

-

1

Baghdad

-

1

1

-

-

2

Diyala

1

-

1

1

2

4

Kirkuk

-

1

-

-

-

1

Ninewa

-

3

1

1

-

5

Salahaddin

1

1

-

-

-

2

TOTAL

2

6

3

3

2

15

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

May 1-7

May 8-14

May 15-21

May 22-28

May 29-31

Totals

Anbar

-

-

-

2 (1K, 1W)

-

2 (1K, 1W)

Baghdad

-

1 (1K)

6 (2K, 4W)

-

-

7 (3K, 4W)

Diyala

1 (1W)

 

2 (2W)

2 (2W)

3 (3W)

6 (6W)

Kirkuk

-

2 (2W)

-

-

-

2 (2W)

Ninewa

-

3 (2K, 1W)

-

-

-

3 (2K, 1W)

Salahaddin

1 (1W)

1 (1K)

-

-

-

2 (2K)

TOTAL

2 (1K, 1W)

7 (4K, 3W)

8 (2K, 6W)

4 (1K, 3W)

3 (3W)

22 (8K, 14W)

 

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

Jan 22-28

5/2

1

2

Jan 29-31

1

-

2

JAN

29/4

12

15

Feb 1-7

6/2

1

5

Feb 8-14

1

-

2

Feb 15-21

4

4

8

Feb 22-28

9/1

7

3

FEB

20/3

12

18

Mar 1-7

3

10

4

Mar 8-14

2

2

1

Mar 15-21

2

1

3

Mar 22-28

1

2

-

Mar 29-31

1

3

-

MAR

9

18

8

Apr 1-7

5

1

7

Apr 8-14

4

-

1

Apr 15-21

5

3

-

Apr 22-28

2

1

-

Apr 29-30

1

1

-

APR

16

6

8

May 1-7

2

1

1

May 8-14

6

4

3

May 15-21

3

2

6

May 22-28

3

1

3

May 29-31

2

-

3

MAY

15

8

14

 

SOURCES

 

NINA, “A Policeman And A Civilian Injured In A Sticky Bomb Explosion In Diyala,” 5/27/23

- "Two Farmers Injured in a Second Explosion In A Village of Diyala," 5/31/23

 

Shafaq News, "A policeman died of his injures after responding to an attempted bombing in Kirkuk," 4/29/23

 

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