Monday, April 1, 2024

Islamic State Makes Brief Return To Iraq In March While Pro-Iran Groups Continue Ceasefire With US


After almost disappearing from Iraq in February the Islamic State let everyone know it was still present in the country. Pro-Iran groups maintained a ceasefire with the U.S. while claiming a number of attacks upon Israel.

 

In February there was only 1 security incident by the Islamic State in Iraq. That was obviously an all-time low since 2003.

 

In March there were 11 incidents by IS. That was comparable to 13 in January. Before that there hadn’t been a month with double digit incidents since August 2023.

 

Almost all the insurgent activity occurred during the second week of March when there were 7 attacks spread across Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk. The first week of the month there were two incidents in Baghdad’s northern district of Tarmiya which is a longtime insurgent base. Then during the third week there was an attack upon a checkpoint in Kirkuk and a shootout in Salahaddin. There was no activity for the rest of the month.

 

That resulted in 5 dead made up of 1 soldier, 2 Hashd al-Shaabi and 2 civilians and 14 wounded consisting of 1 civilian, 4 Hashd and 9 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).


 

At the end of January Iran and the Sudani government negotiated a ceasefire with pro-Iran Hashd to stop attacks upon US targets in Iraq. That has held since. The Iraqi Islamic Resistance however is still claiming drone strikes upon Israel with 6 during March. There is no confirmation that any of these actually happened nor where the drones originated from. They could’ve come from Iraq but also Syria.

 

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province

Province

Mar 1-7

Mar 8-14

Mar 15-21

Mar 22-28

Mar 29-31

Totals

Anbar

-

4

-

-

-

4

Baghdad

2

-

-

-

-

2

Diyala

-

1

-

-

-

1

Israel

2 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

-

2 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

6 Pro-Iran

Kirkuk

-

2

1

-

-

3

Salahaddin

-

-

1

-

-

1

TOTAL

4/2 Pro-Iran

8/1 Pro-Iran

2

1 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

17/6 Pro-Iran

 

Casualties In Iraq By Province

Province

Feb 1-7

Feb 8-14

Mar 15-21

Mar 22-28

Mar 29-31

Totals

Anbar

-

9 (2K, 7W)

-

-

-

9 (2K, 7W)

Baghdad

5 (1K, 4W)

-

-

-

-

5 (1K, 4W)

Diyala

-

1 (1K)

-

-

-

1 (1K)

Kirkuk

-

2 (1K, 1W)

2 (2W)

-

-

4 (1K, 3W)

TOTAL

5 (1K, 4W)

12 (4K, 8W)

2 (2W)

-

-

19 (5K, 14W)

 

Security In Iraq 2022-23

Week

Security

Incidents

(Total/By IS)

Dead

(Total/By IS)

Wounded

(Total/By IS)

JAN 2022

87/41 Pro-Iran

33

59

FEB

42/14 Pro-Iran

10

29

MAR

46/12/1 Pro-Iran

19

21

APR

111/22 Pro-Iran

34

103

MAY

73/13 Pro-Iran

41

51

JUN

40/14 Pro-Iran

7

33

JUL

43/6 Pro-Iran

33

54

AUG

57/7/1 Pro-Iran

24

54

SEP

41/1/3 M

9

64

OCT

28/2/3 M

17

45

NOV

23

10

28

DEC

33/1 Pro-Iran

42

38

JAN 2023

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

Dec 8-14

8/6 Pro-Iran

-

2

Dec 15-21

6/2 Pro-Iran

1

2

Dec 22-28

7/6 Pro-Iran

-

3 US

Dec 29-31

4 Pro-Iran

 

 

DEC

35/26 Pro-Iran

2K

16W

Jan 1-7

10/6 Pro-Iran/1 Iranian

5

9

Jan 8-14

7/3 Pro-Iran

3

3

Jan 15-21

10/6 Pro-Iran

6

6

Jan 22-28

11/10 Pro-Iran

-

-

Jan 29-31

3 Pro-Ira

-

-

JAN

42/28 Pro-Iran/1 Iranian

14

20

Feb 1-7

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Feb 8-14

-

-

-

Feb 15-21

-

-

-

Feb 22-29

1

-

-

FEB

2/1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Mar 1-7

4/2 Pro-Iran

1

4

Mar 8-14

8/1 Pro-Iran

4

8

Mar 15-21

2

-

2

Mar 22-28

2 Pro-Iran

-

-

Mar 29-31

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

MAR

17/6 Pro-Iran

5

14

 

 

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