Monday, June 3, 2024

Islamic State And Pro-Iran Groups Pick Up Operations In Iraq In May 2024


May saw a relatively high level of activity by the Islamic State and the Islamic Resistance In Iraq.

 

The Islamic State was involved in 7 security incidents during May. The month before there were only 2. However in March there were 12, but then 1 in February and 13 to start the year off in January.

 

The insurgents were involved in violence across four provinces. In Anbar there was a government ambush that led to a gun battle. There was a double bombing by a checkpoint in Diyala. Another checkpoint was attacked in Kirkuk. Finally a third checkpoint was assaulted and there were 3 separate IEDs in Salahaddin.

 

What stood out about these incidents was the high number of casualties they caused. 18 people were killed made up of 2 Hashd al-Shaabi, 6 civilians and 10 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Another 22 were injured consisting of 1 civilian, 1 Hashd and 20 ISF. There had not been that many people killed and wounded since the middle of December 2022.

 

Despite those numbers the Islamic State remains irrelevant in Iraq. It has no impact upon Iraq overall and these incidents were all in isolated parts of the country.


 

Pro-Iran groups set a four month high for attacks during the month. There were a total of 20 claims of drone and cruise missile attacks upon Israel. In April there were only 7 incidents by these factions, 6 in March and 1 in February. Before that there were over 20 incidents per month for three months. The drop at the start of the year was caused by a ceasefire with the United States in Iraq. Since then the Iraqi Islamic Resistance has been focusing upon Israel more and more until reaching May’s figure.

 

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

Diyala

-

-

-

1

 

1

Israel

3 Pro-Iran

5 Pro-Iran

9 Pro-Iran

2 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

20 Pro-Iran

Kirkuk

-

-

1

-

 

1

Salahaddin

-

1

1

2

 

4

TOTAL

3 Pro-Iran

6/5 Pro-Iran

11/9 Pro-Iran

6/2 Pro-Iran

1 Pro-Iran

27/20 Pro-Iran

 

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)

Diyala

-

-

-

9 (2K, 7W)

-

9 (2K, 7W)

Kirkuk

-

-

3 (1K, 2W)

-

-

3 (1K, 2W)

Salahaddin

-

10 (5K, 5W)

4 (4W)

12 (8K, 4W)

-

26 (14K, 12W)

TOTAL

-

10 (5K, 5W)

7 (1K, 6W)

23 (11K, 12W)

-

40 (18K, 22W)

 

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

2/1Pro-iran

1

1

MAR

18/6 Pro-Iran

6

15

Apr 1-7

3/2 Pro-Iran

-

-

Apr 8-14

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

Apr 15-21

3 Pro-Iran

-

-

Apr 22-28

1 Pro-Iran

4

-

Apr 29-30

1

2

-

APR

9/7 Pro-Iran

6

-

May 1-7

3 Pro-Iran

-

-

May 8-14

6/5 Pro-Iran

5

5

May 15-21

11/9 Pro-Iran

1

6

May 22-28

6/2 Pro-Iran

11

12

May 29-31

1 Pro-Iran

-

-

MAY

27/20 Pro-Iran

18

22

 

SOURCES

 

Bas News, "Three Iraqi Soldiers Killed, Injured in Fresh IS Attack in Kirkuk," 5/15/24

 

Shafaq News, "A double explosion kills two members of the Awakening and wounds 5 members of the army in Diyala," 5/26/24

- "Two terrorists were killed, one of them a suicide bomber, a securit personnel was killed, and another was injured in Anbar," 5/22/24

 

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