Monday, November 27, 2023

Security In Iraq Nov 15-21, 2023


Iraqi security news during the third week of November was dominated by pro-Iran groups and American retaliation as there were no incidents by the Islamic State.

 

From November 15-21 there were 6 incidents reported in the media all by pro-Iran groups. There were none by the Islamic State. This marked the 5th week in 2023 where the Islamic State was dormant and another sign that the insurgency is almost dead in Iraq.

 

Pro-Iran groups carried out 4 attacks upon the Al-Asad airbase in Anbar with drones and a ballistic missile that wounded 8 Americans. That led the Biden administration to strike back hitting several Hashd sites that resulted in 8 dead and 4 wounded. This was the first time that the US struck these factions in Iraq.

 

The Al-Harir airbase in Irbil also suffered two drone attacks during the week.

 

Kataib Hezbollah threatened to escalate its attacks after the US strike showing that this situation is not going to be resolved any time soon.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Anbar

7/5 Pro-Iran

5 Pro-Iran

4 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

-

1

-

Diyala

-

1

-

Irbil

4 Pro-Iran

4 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

-

1 Pro-Iran

 

TOTAL

11/9 Pro-Iran

12/10 Pro-Iran

6 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Nov 1-7

Nov 8-14

Nov 15-21

Anbar

6 (4K, 2W)

 

8 (8 Amer W)

Baghdad

-

2 W

 

Diyala

-

1 W

 

TOTAL

6 (4K, 2W)

3 W

8 (8 Amer W)

 

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

Jun 15-21

2

1

2

Jun 22-28

4

2

4

Jun 29-30

-

-

-

JUN

10

10

10

Jul 1-7

1

-

-

Jul 8-14

3

2

1

Jul 15-21

2

-

1

Jul 22-28

2

-

2

Jul 29-31

3/2

-

-

JUL

11/2

2

4

Aug 1-7

4

-

4

Aug 8-14

2

1

3

Aug 15-21

2

-

5

Aug 22-28

2

-

2

Aug 29-31

3/1

1

9

AUG

13/1

2

23

Sep 1-7

1

-

1

Sep 8-14

1

1

-

Sep 15-21

2

-

4

Sep 22-28

1

1

1

Sep 29-30

-

-

-

SEP

5

2

6

Oct 1-7

-

-

-

Oct 8-14

-

-

-

Oct 15-21

7 Pro-Iran

-

-

Oct 22-28

7/5 Pro-Iran

-

8

Oct 29-31

3 Pro-Iran

-

-

OCT

17/15 Pro-Iran

-

8

Nov 1-7

11/9

4

2

Nov 8-14

12/10

-

3

Nov 15-21

6 Pro-Iran

-

8 Amer

 

SOURCES

 

Knights, Michael Al-Kaabi, Amir Malik, Hamdi, "Tracking Anti-U.S. Strikes in Iraq and Syria During the Gaza Crisis," The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 11/18/23

 

Al Rafidain, "Security Source: Targeting The Vicinity Of Ain Al-Assad Base, Which Is Operated By International Coalition," 11/15/23

 

Shafaq News, "The factions attack Ain al-Assad with a drone," 11/20/23

- “Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq threatens to expand the range of targets in response to the American bombing,” 11/22/23

 

Al Sumaria, “The PMF announces 12 casualties in American attacks,” 11/22/23

 

Szuba, Jared, "US gunship strikes Iran-backed militias in Iraq after ballistic missile attack," 11/21/23

 

Xinhua, "2 airbases housing U.S.-led coalition forces attacked in Iraq," 11/17/23

 

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