ISIS Has Killed Over 350 in Iraq in 2021

ISIS holds no territory, but remains a threat

Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga has issued a statement on the ongoing fight against ISIS. They revealed that through 2021, 356 people have been killed by ISIS. That’s a substantial toll since ISIS doesn’t control any territory.

ISIS can be thought of as defeated in Iraq, but that doesn’t prevent them from being dangerous, and throughout the year the group has carried out attacks.

Attacks around Baghdad and Irbil were on the rise in the past few  months,  and Iraq’s army and the Peshmerga will form joint brigades to fight them in 2022.

ISIS held large chunks of Iraq and Syria a few years ago. They no longer have meaningful territory in either, and that severely limits their ability to carry out major attacks.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.