Monday, December 11, 2023

Security In Iraq Dec 1-7, 2023


The Islamic State continues to disappear in Iraq but pro-Iran factions are continuing their campaign against US targets in the country over the war in Gaza.

 

There were a total of 10 security incidents reported in Iraq from December 1-7.

 

2 of those were by the Islamic State. In Ninewa there were back to back attacks by the group in the Makhmour district of Ninewa. The first was on a checkpoint that left 1 soldier dead and 5 wounded. Then the group attacked a nearby village that injured another 4 soldiers. Makhmour is a disputed area of Iraq which has frequently seen insurgent attacks to test the security forces there.

 

The other 8 incidents during the week were all by pro-Iran groups. In Anbar, there were four drone attacks upon the Ain Al-Asad airbase. In Irbil the Irbil airport and the Harir Airbase were also targeted with drones. Those have been struck since the start of these operations in October.

 

December marked an escalation however. First, rockets were fired at the Green Zone for the first time. The last time that happened was in October 2022. That was likely in response to the Biden administration retaliating against Harakat Al-Nujaba in Kirkuk that killed 5 members and wounded 5 more and an earlier series of strikes on Kataib Hezbollah in November.

 

Factions also fired rockets from Rabia in western Ninwea towards a US base in eastern Syria.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Anbar

4 Pro-Iran

Baghdad

1 Pro-Iran

Irbil

2 Pro-Iran

Ninewa

3/1 Pro-Iran

TOTAL

10/8 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Dec 1-7

Ninewa

10 (1K, 9W)

TOTAL

10 (1K, 9W)

 

Security In Iraq 2022-23

Week

Security

Incidents

(Total/By IS)

Dead

(Total/By IS)

Wounded

(Total/By IS)

Jan 1-7

18/9 Pro-Iran

3

4

Jan 8-14

35/21 Pro-Iran

3

18

Jan 15-21

12/5 Pro-Iran

17

12

Jan 22-28

16/3 Pro-Iran

8

19

Jan 29-31

6/2 Pro-Iran

2

6

JAN

87/41 Pro-Iran

33

59

Feb 1-7

11/3 Pro-Iran

1

10

Feb 8-14

14/6 Pro-Iran

8

3

Feb 15-21

9/1 Pro-Iran

-

11

Feb 22-28

8/4 Pro-Iran

1

5

FEB

42/14 Pro-Iran

10

29

Mar 1-7

7/3 Pro-Iran

1

-

Mar 8-14

18/3/1 Pro-Iran

6

5

Mar 15-21

10/4 Pro-Iran

5

6

Mar 22-28

6/1 Pro-Iran

7

4

Mar 29-31

4/1 Pro-Iran

-

5

MAR

46/12/1 Pro-Iran

19

21

Apr 1-7

16/8 Pro-Iran

-

6

Apr 8-14

21/7 Pro-Iran

8

25

Apr 15-21

22/2 Pro-Iran

10

22

Apr 22-28

44/4 Pro-Iran

14

44

Apr 29-30

6/1 Pro-Iran

2

6

APR

111/22 Pro-Iran

34

103

May 1-7

31/3 Pro-Iran

8

25

May 8-14

9/2 Pro-Iran

2

7

May 15-21

18/6 Pro-Iran

10

6

May 22-28

13/1 Pro-Iran

21

11

May 29-31

2/1 Pro-Iran

-

2

MAY

73/13 Pro-Iran

41

51

Jun 1-7

6/2 Pro-Iran

-

8

Jun 8-14

12/4 Pro-Iran

1

9

Jun 15-21

10/2 Pro-Iran

5

2

Jun 22-28

12/6 Pro-Iran

1

14

Jun 29-30

-

-

-

JUN

40/14 Pro-Iran

7

33

Jul 1-7

7/1 Pro-Iran

6

11

Jul 8-14

3

-

2

Jul 15-21

11/2 Pro-Iran

14

16

Jul 22-28

18/7 Pro-Iran

9

21

Jul 29-31

4

4

4

JUL

43/6 Pro-Iran

33

54

Aug 1-7

9/1 Pro-Iran

6

15

Aug 8-14

14

2

14

Aug 15-21

7/2 Pro-Iran

-

6

Aug 22-28

23/4 Pro-Iran

14

15

Aug 29-31

4

2

4

AUG

57/7/1 Pro-Iran

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 Pro-Iran

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 Pro-Iran

42

38

Jan 1-7

7

4

2

Jan 8-14

6/1 Pro-Iran

5

2

Jan 15-21

11/1 Pro-Iran

2

7

Jan 22-28

5/2 Pro-Iran

1

2

Jan 29-31

1

-

2

JAN

29/4 Pro-Iran

12

15

Feb 1-7

6/2 Pro-Iran

1

5

Feb 8-14

1

-

2

Feb 15-21

4

4

8

Feb 22-28

9/1 Pro-Iran

7

3

FEB

20/3 Pro-Iran

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 Pro-Iran

-

-

JUL

11/2 Pro-Iran

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 Pro-Iran

1

9

AUG

13/1 Pro-Iran

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

Nov 22-28

4 Pro-Iran

-

-

Nov 29-30

2

11

16

NOV

35/29 Pro-Iran

15

29

Dec 1-7

10/8 Pro-Iran

1

9

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "IS Militants Attack Iraqi Army in Makhmour, Four Soldiers Injured," 12/2/23

 

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, 12/3/23

 

Mahmoud, Sinan, "Rockets fired towards Iraq's Green Zone, security officials say," The National, 12/8/23

 

NINA, "Ain Al-Assad Base Targeted With A Drone," 12/4/23

- "A drone targets US forces at Ain asl-Assad base in Iraq," 12/6/23

- "ISIS Attacks a military point in Makhmour" 12/2/23

- "A military force besieges members of ISIS gang in a village in Makhmour," 12/2/23

- "Targeting Ain al-Assad base with a drone," 12/6/23

 

Rudaw, "ISIS attack in Makhmour kills Iraqi soldier: Peshmerga," 12/3/23

 

Salem, Amr, "9 rockets hit Green Zone whiel parliament electing a country's president," 10/13/22

 

Shafaq News, "Armed factions announce a new targeting of the Harir base in Erbil," 12/6/23

- "Iraqi factions resume their attacks and announce the bombing of an American base at Erbil airport," 12/2/23

- "Launching missiles from Rabia district, west of Mosul, towards Syrian territory," 12/3/23

 

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