Thursday, June 15, 2023

Security In Iraq Jun 8-14, 2023

After carrying out no attacks during the first week of June the Islamic State was back at work in Iraq the next week. From June 8-14 the group carried out 4 security incidents. That was the 19th straight week there were less than 10 incidents in a week. During the year the insurgents have only been able to carry out double digit incidents one week. These are all signs of how far IS has fallen from controlling large swaths of Iraq and Syria to barely being active.

 

The four incidents during the week took place in Kirkuk (2), Ninewa (1) and Salahaddin (1). They left 11 casualties, 10 in Kirkuk and 1 in Ninewa. 1 civilian and 6 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were killed and 4 more were wounded.

 

Kirkuk witnessed the biggest incidents. There was a gun battle with insurgents that left 1 soldier and 2 police dead and then the next day a checkpoint was attacked with another 3 soldiers losing their lives and 4 more injured. Both were in the Dibs district in the northwest.

 

A shepherd was gunned down in the Baaj district of western Ninewa. This is a major smuggling route for IS to bring in men and material from Syria.

 

Finally there was a kidnapping in the Samarra district of Salahaddin. Holding people for ransom is still a major source of revenue for the Islamic State.

 

As usual, none of these incidents took place in a city in Iraq. All were in the rural areas of the country. These are the only places the insurgency is capable of operating now because it is so weak.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Jun 1-7

Jun 8-14

Kirkuk

-

2

Ninewa

-

1

Salahaddin

-

1

TOTAL

-

4

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Jun 1-7

Jun 8-14

Kirkuk

-

10 (6K, 4W)

Ninewa

-

1 (1K)

TOTAL

-

11 (7K, 4W)

 

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

Jun 1-7

-

-

-

Jun 8-14

4

7

4

 

SOURCES

 

Agence France Presse, "ISIS blamed for Iraq attack that killed three soldiers, military official says," 6/11/23

 

Asharq Al-Awsat, "ISIS Militants Kill 2 Iraqi Soldiers, Wound 3 others in Northern Iraq, Officials Say," 6/11/23

 

NINA, "A Shepherd killed by unknown gunmen west of Mosul," 6/10/23

 

Shafaq News, "One civilian was killed and another kidnapped for unknown motives in Salahaddin," 6/9/23

- "Two Iraqi officers and a soldier are victims in a new toll of the ISIS attack in Kirkuk," 6/10/23

 

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