ISHM 65: May 27 – June 9, 2016


Key Takeaways:

  • Iraqi Security Forces and Popular Mobilization Units, aided by U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes, have made steady progress toward clearing ISIS militants from the outskirts of Fallujah. To date, efforts have focused on creating evacuation routes for civilians trapped in the ISIS-occupied city and clearing areas to the city’s south, east and north to be used as staging areas for future advances.
  • Since the start of combat operations to clear ISIS militants from Fallujah on May 22, a UN-estimated 20,000 civilians have been displaced from the ISIS-occupied city and its neighboring towns. Despite a temporary halt to ISF military operations in order to evacuate more civilians, the UN revised its estimate of civilians still trapped in the city upwards from 50,000 to 90,000.
  • Members of Iraq’s Parliament, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Amnesty International have called for investigations into allegations of abuse of civilians fleeing Fallujah. Some Iraqi Security Forces and Popular Mobilization Units are accused of torturing and unlawfully executing suspected ISIS-sympathizers who may be trying to pose as innocent civilians.
  • Despite rapid response efforts by the UN, Muslim Aid, the Iraqi Red Crescent, and other aid agencies, as well as a pledge of 10 billion dinars (approximately US$ 8.5 million) to support camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) by Iraq’s Council of Ministers, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that an additional US$ 600 million is needed to support IDPs from Fallujah and other parts of Iraq.
  • Over the past two weeks, hundreds of peaceful protesters have continued to demand political reforms and greater anti-corruption measures during demonstrations in Baghdad, Basra, Babil, and Diwaniyah.
  • On May 29, Iraq’s Parliament convened for a brief session during which a quorum was present. On May 31, Parliament adjourned for a month-long recess without discussion or deliberation on anti-corruption measures or Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s nominations to his cabinet.
  • Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers, aided by U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes, continue to target ISIS militants, explosive device making facilities, and financial centers in and around Mosul in preparation for a future operation to clear the city itself of ISIS militants.
  • Iraqi Security Forces clashed with ISIS militants in the city of Hit, 70 kilometers west of Ramadi in Anbar Province. Iraqi and U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes continue efforts to keep Ramadi and its neighboring towns in Anbar Province clear of ISIS.

Joint Offensive Underway to Clear ISIS from Fallujah

On May 28, Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) working with the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) began the second stage to clear Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants from Fallujah, an offensive announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on May 22. PMU leadership announced that the push will start from Saqlawiyah, 10 kilometers to the northwest of the city.

On May 28, PMUs opened a second evacuation route for civilians to escape Fallujah through the village of al-Sejar, eight kilometers to the northeast of the city.

On May 28, a U.S.-led international coalition airstrike killed ISIS military leader Iyad al-Marzouk, and four of his aides while they were meeting in Fallujah.

On May 28, the PMU leadership announced that they will cede control of al-Karma to the ISF after they clear the town of ISIS militants. PMUs will then continue to push into Fallujah from the northwest.

On May 30, combined PMUs and ISF began operations to clear ISIS from Fallujah’s immediate outskirts. According to Fallujah Provincial Council spokesman Salam Ajami, the operation is attempting to clear ISIS forces by pushing into the city from the south, east, and north. Commander of the operation, Lt. General Abdulwahab al-Saedi, stated that the assault was launched primarily from the south, and that combined forces would approach the southern neighborhoods of the city proper by the afternoon of the 30th.

On May 31, joint IS and PMU forces cleared ISIS from five kilometers of road in al-Amiriyat, an area 16 kilometers north of Fallujah. The advance came after a day of heavy fighting between ISF/PMU and ISIS forces in close proximity to civilians.

On June 1, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi temporarily halted the combined forces assault on ISIS in Fallujah, citing concern for civilian casualties as the primary reason for his decision. Since making headway in the city’s outskirts on the 29th and 30th, joint forces were stalled in their progress due to heavy resistance from ISIS fighters.

On June 1, ISIS bombed roads and bridges linking Saqlawiya, a town 10 kilometers north of Fallujah, in an attempt to halt the advance of the ISF towards Fallujah. This tactic has slowed down the drive to clear ISIS militants from Saqlawiya.

On June 2, U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes killed 12 ISIS fighters and destroyed four mortar detachments in western Fallujah. According to the international coalition command, there have been 13 airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq since June 1, focusing on targets in Fallujah, Mosul, Hit, and Sinjar.

On June 2, joint ISF/PMUs progressed to within 700 meters from the center of al-Shahada, a neighborhood eight kilometers south of Fallujah. Member of the Anbar Provincial Council Barakat al-Aisawi stressed that ISF/PMUs were taking “extreme caution” to protect civilians located within al-Shahada during operations to clear ISIS militants from the neighborhood in preparation for the assault into Fallujah.

On June 2, PMUs assaulted ISIS militants in al-Azrikiya, a town 10 kilometers northwest of Fallujah. According to the Karma-Fallujah brigade commander Khamees al-Halbousi, al-Azrikiya is “important” in securing another safe route for civilians to evacuate Fallujah in preparation to clear the city of ISIS militants.

On June 3, U.S-led international coalition airstrikes targeted an ISIS operational center in southern Fallujah, destroying the center and killing “dozens” of ISIS militants in the process. According to an anonymous source, the center served as a main conduit between Fallujah and the southern neighborhoods for ISIS militants and was a primary staging area for ISIS attacks on ISF/PMUs.

On June 3, PMUs cleared ISIS from al-Azrikiya, a town 10 kilometers northwest of Fallujah. Commander al-Halbousi stated that during the assault, PMUs were able to cut off “dozens” of ISIS militants who were attempting to retreat to Fallujah and had made “significant advancements” in preparing for the upcoming-assault on the city proper.

On June 3, Iraqi Federal Police Command announced that 402 ISIS militants have been killed since the operation to clear Fallujah’s outskirts of ISIS had begun. In addition, joint ISF/PMUs have destroyed 23 armored vehicles, cleared 10 buildings of IEDs, detonated 604 bombs, dismantled seven IED factories, and recovered 286 single-target weapons during the operation.

On June 3, ISF advanced two kilometers along major roads towards the center of Saqlawiya, a town 10 kilometers north of Fallujah. In addition, Federal Police reportedly killed 67 ISIS militants during the advance.

On June 4, PMU leadership announced that joint forces cleared Saqlawiya, a town 10 kilometers north of Fallujah. Citing Saqlawiya as “the last stronghold of ISIS outside of Fallujah,” PMU leadership stated their next goal is to clear ISIS out of Fallujah proper.

On June 5, ISF/PMUs cleared ISIS militants from al-Nahr and Seka al-Qatar, two areas 10 kilometers to the north of Fallujah. In the south of the city, ISF/PMUs assaulted al-Shahada and al-Jabeel with the intention of opening routes for heavy weapons to be brought against ISIS targets in Fallujah. According to a source within the security forces, the neighborhoods in the north and south are key areas to preparing for the assault of Fallujah proper.

On June 5, Deputy Chief of PMUs Abu Mahdi Mohandes confirmed that approximately 8,000 civilians fled the city of Fallujah while around 2,500 members of ISIS remain in the city.

On June 6, ISF/PMUs cleared ISIS militants from Hay al-Yatama, a neighborhood in al-Amiriyah that lies 22 kilometers south of Fallujah. According to commander of the Fallujah operation Lawrence Muhammad al-Aisawi, joint-forces destroyed three armored vehicles and recovered three munitions stockpiles in the process.

On June 8, ISF cleared ISIS militants from a second neighborhood in al-Shahada, a key town eight kilometers south of Fallujah. The ISF also added that a “large number” of civilians approached ISF and asked to be taken to safety.

On June 9, ISF/PMUs cleared ISIS militants from the neighborhood of Abu Sowait in al-Amiriyah, a town 20 kilometers south of Fallujah. According to al-Amiriyah Councilman Khadeer al-Rashad, the control of Abu Sowait gives joint-forces access to another route into Fallujah and contains an “important” water treatment facility.

On June 9, ISF/PMUs began an assault on ISIS militants in the south of Fallujah proper. Approaching from al-Shahada, ISF/PMUs were aided by armored units who recently arrived to the south of Fallujah and have reported killing “dozens” of ISIS militants. By the conclusion of the day, PMUs reported being “five kilometers from the center of Fallujah” and would cede control of cleared areas to ISF only after being assured that the ISF could protect the areas.

Civilians Displaced from Fallujah Following Start of Combat Operations

On May 27, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) relocated 460 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from eastern Fallujah to safety during the effort to clear Fallujah of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants.

On May 31, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) secretary general Jan Egeland discussed the plight of an estimated 50,000 persons trapped in Fallujah. Numerous aid agencies have called on the Iraqi government to create safe passages out of the city for trapped civilians.

On May 31, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that around 3,700 people have fled Fallujah since the beginning of the ISF effort to clear the city of ISIS militants on May 26.

On June 1, ISF Anbar Operations Command safely transferred 250 families out of Fallujah after temporarily suspending military action. Families were moved to camps in the Khalidiya and Amriyat districts (30 kilometers south of Fallujah) and were provided with food, water, and shelter. Major General Ismail Mahlawi reported that many civilians are being used as “human shields” by ISIS.

On June 2, the UN reported that 4,380 people have been displaced since the beginning of the military attack on Fallujah on May 26.

On June 2, the newly set up displacement camp at Amiriyat al-Fallujah, 30 kilometers south of Fallujah, reached full occupancy, housing 228 families from Fallujah.

On June 2, 1,200 people were evacuated from various neighborhoods in Garma, 16 kilometers northeast of Fallujah. The IDPs were relocated to camps north of Ramadi in the Therthar area.

On June 4, 500 civilians, mainly women and children, were evacuated from Saqlawiyah, 10 kilometers northwest of Fallujah, while ISF was clearing the city from ISIS militants. Security forces scanned neighborhoods, dismantled IEDs, and screened men and young people for potential links with ISIS.

On June 5, 605 civilians fleeing Fallujah were released from custody after passing a screening with the Anbar Operation Forces. They were transferred to camps in Amirayat al-Fallujah, 30 kilometers south of Fallujah, and provided with relief supplies after forces found them not to be associated with ISIS. Human Rights Watch stated that they were released to receive medical treatment after suffering substantial abuse.

On June 6, the Norwegian Refugee Council reported that ISIS militants were shooting at civilians trying to escape Fallujah. Accounts from families who have successfully made it to safety describe the Euphrates River as a high risk area where civilians are targeted by the militant group.

On June 8, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lisa Grande explained that the agency underestimated the number of people trapped in Fallujah and revised the number from 50,000 to 90,000 civilians.

On June 9, IDPs who fled from Fallujah reported that ISIS withheld food for months and used food as a tool for recruitment.

Concerns of Abuse of Civilians During Fallujah Evacuations

On June 2, Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to investigate allegations that Iraqi Security Forces are abusing civilians fleeing Fallujah who may be suspected ISIS sympathizers. Al-Jabouri stressed the importance of investigations to avoid future abuse in order to avoid future repercussions.

On June 6, member of Anbar Provincial Council Rajeh Barakat al-Issawi, called on Prime Minister al-Abadi to cease the involvement of Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) in interrogating alleged ISIS sympathizers who may be trying to flee Fallujah alongside innocent civilians. Al-Issawi’s office has received reports of rough treatment and potential torture of innocent civilians by PMUs during these interrogations.

On June 7, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, released a statement on growing reports of abuses by PMUs on displaced civilians. He reiterated what many have already said; that screenings of men and young people have at times resulted in physical violence and even executions without trials. Al-Hussein explained that while screenings are vital, they must be administered by neutral authorities who are overseen by Iraqi law.

On June 7, Militia leadership in Iraq stated that violations committed towards civilians in Fallujah were not the result of any targeted “policy of ethnic cleansing” or “systematic assault” against civilians. Prime Minister al-Abadi announced that the security forces involved in the abuses towards the civilians of Fallujah will be punished by law.

On June 8, Amnesty International called on the Iraqi government to create a committee to independently investigate abuses of civilians leaving Fallujah by Iraqi Security Forces and PMUs.

On June 9, the Ministry of the Interior of Saudi Arabia announced an uncovered plot to fundraise for ISIS under the guise of receiving donations to aid the children of Fallujah. 226 Saudis have been arrested, and officials are on alert for fraudulent fundraising campaigns and donations.

Relief Efforts Ramped Up Amid Increased Displacements

On May 27, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in tandem with Muslim Aid, distributed emergency aid and built shelters for displaced people who managed to flee Fallujah. A camp has been set up in Amiriyat al-Fallujah, 30 kilometers south of Fallujah, and two more camps are expected this week.

On May 31, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) continues to secure emergency food reserves for 700,000 – 900,000 displaced Iraqis. Due to the uncertainty surrounding military action in Mosul and Fallujah, WFP is trying to ensure they have enough supplies to provide for the rapidly growing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

On June 1, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 20,000 children are trapped in Fallujah with limited food and water supplies. The UN agency fears that children will be forcibly recruited to join ISIS militants if they are not safely evacuated from the city.

On June 1, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) renewed its operations in Fallujah to serve the needs of new IDPs Amiriyat al-Fallujah, 30 kilometers south of Fallujah. They served 850 families through food assistance, health care, and psychosocial support.

On June 1, Member of Parliament Diaa al-Dawry, confirmed that 80% of people displaced from Salah ad-Din Province have returned to their homes and called on authorities to provide returnees with support to rebuild. He noted that residents have not returned to cities like the northern city of Baiji due to the destruction of infrastructure there, whereas Salah ad-Din has restored 50-60% of its water and electricity.

On June 5, Italy pledged US$ 4.91 million to the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization which helps Iraqi authorities quickly reconstruct destroyed infrastructure and support civil society in newly cleared areas. The stabilization initiative began in June 2015 and has been working in Fallujah, Salah ad-Din, Ninewah, Diyala, and most recently, the Ramadi Province to allow IDPs to return to their homes.

On June 5, the IRCS reported that seven new displacement camps have been opened in Amiriyat al-Fallujah, 30 kilometers south of Fallujah, adding to the 14 camps already in the city.

On June 7, the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) led by various UN organizations, along with a consortium of NGOs, has been delivering thousands of response kits, hygiene kits, baby kits, food parcels to those displaced from Fallujah. Many organizations like UNICEF and the NRC continue to provide safe drinking water to IDPs. Various organizations have reported reaching thousands of people around the Anbar province.

On June 6, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) announced the opening of a women’s health center in the sub-district of Sununi that has already served 150 women. Basic services and infrastructure were destroyed while it was besieged by ISIS, however 5,000 families have returned to the area and need access to health and education services.

On June 7, The Council of Ministers announced that it would allocate 10 billion dinars, (approximately US$ 8.5 million), to maintain and support IDP camps from areas including Fallujah, Khaldiyah, and Habbaniyah.

On June 8, the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that 20,000 people have fled Fallujah since May 22 and that approximately US$ 600 million in funding is needed for increased assistance throughout Iraq.

Public Demand for Corruption Reform Continues

On June 3, Hundreds of protesters peacefully demonstrated in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad to reemphasize previous demands regarding necessary political, economic, and security reforms, including anti-corruption measures. Similar protests took place in Diwaniyah, Basra, and Babil.

On June 3, Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on his supporters to continue to demand reforms. Al- Sadr continues to reject violence in protests, but claimed that the push for reform are predicated by national responsibility and cannot falter.

On June 7, Iraqi protesters occupied the offices and headquarters of various party offices and headquarters deemed corrupt and resistant to anti-corruption reform. The storming of the offices occurred in Baghdad, and the provinces of Dhi Qar and Basra.

On June 7, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appointed six new directors of state banks in order to revitalize the Iraqi banking sector.

On June 8, financial advisor to Prime Minister al-Abadi defended the dismissal of many Iraqi bank managers, citing Iraqi reform policy and attempt to curb corruption.

On June 9, member of the Diyala Provincial Council Ta Najat al-Tai asserted that a reason for fierce party loyalty by government figures is their prolonged affiliation with their respective parties; 90% of department directors in Diyala are “veterans,” and have held office longer than 8 years, contributing to the resistance of reform.   

On June 9, the Long Press in Basra reported that there are mixed responses to the storming of the various parties’ headquarters and offices. The Liberal block of Basra recognized the protesters’ constitutional right to protest. The Secretary General of the Islamic Dawa Party, Nuri al-Maliki, contended that such action was reminiscent of the Ba’ath party.

Parliament Concludes Legislative Term with Unfinished Business

On May 29, Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri convened a brief session of Parliament which reached a quorum of 167 Members. Representatives from the Sadrist movement, who had previously boycotted the sessions, as well as members of all Kurdish parties were in attendance.

On May 30, Speaker al-Jabouri postponed a Parliament session in order to allow for wider participation of Members.

On May 31, Parliament held a brief session to discuss six bills, mostly related to modification of pension laws. Parliament’s Legal Committee announced that the day’s session would be the last during the current legislative term and that Parliament would recess for one month beginning Wednesday, June 1.  

On May 31, Speaker al-Jabouri instructed members of Parliament to visit battlefields and campsites of IDP’s to experience the suffering firsthand during Parliament’s month-long legislative recess.

On June 3, The Democratic Movement faction of Parliament called on all parties to hold regular sessions to push for reforms and avoid “procrastination” on critical issues. A statement by the Democratic Movement cited the urgency in the popular demands of the Iraqi people.

Preparations Continue for Clearing Mosul of ISIS

On May 27, an anonymous source claimed that 75 people fled Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)-controlled areas near Mosul to the Kurdish Peshmerga-controlled village of Makhmour, 80 kilometers south of Mosul.

On May 27, an international coalition airstrike killed “dozens” of ISIS fighters in Mosul. Among those killed were “important military leaders and financial officers.”

On May 29, Peshmerga forces cleared ISIS militants from three villages north of Mosul. The villages were cleared during Peshmerga operations against 10 ISIS controlled villages in al-Hamdaniya, an area north of the ISIS controlled city. That same day, Peshmerga forces launched an offensive to clear ISIS forces from four other villages in Khazir, an area east of Mosul, with plans to complete their offensive by May 30.

On May 30, Peshmerga forces cleared ISIS militants from a total of seven villages north of Mosul in 24 hours. According to the commander of Peshmerga forces in Khazar Aref Tayfour, “30 kilometers separates Kurdish forces from the center of Mosul” at the conclusion of the day.

On June 2, the Iraqi Air Force destroyed an ISIS improvised explosive device (IED)  factory in al-Sharkat, a town 120 kilometers south of Mosul. According to an anonymous source, the factory was involved in producing IEDs that have been used against Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in Makhoul and al-Seeniya, towns to the southwest of Mosul.

On June 2, the UN reported that between May 28 and June 1, 507 internally displaced persons (IDPs) arrived in Debaga camp in Erbil from Mosul. This recent influx brings the Debaga camp population to 7,102, while the Debaga temporary stadium camp has reached maximum capacity with 842 IDPs. Around half of incoming IDPs have chosen to apply for relocation, mainly to the Kirkuk governorate.

On June 4, the 34th Armored Brigade arrived in Makhmour, 50 kilometers south of Mosul, in order to reinforce the existing 9th Division “in liberation operations in Ninewa.” According to an anonymous source, the 34th Armored Brigade is composed of four combat units designed to support joint forces already in the area.

On June 4, the Iraqi Air Force targeted ISIS centers of operation in Mosul, killing “at least 35” ISIS militants in the process. According to a joint-forces spokesman, the strikes are part of a continued operation to degrade ISIS’s organizational capability in Mosul ahead of plans to clear the city of ISIS militants.

On June 5, Peshmerga forces reported that ISIS militants blew up least 10 houses of people who had fled ISIS controlled areas in al-Salahiya and al-Rashidiya, villages 20 kilometers southwest of Mosul. In addition, an anonymous source states that those who flee ISIS controlled areas risk the confiscation of their property and homes as a result.

On June 6, U.S.-led international coalition airstrike targeted an ISIS organizational center near Tel ‘Afar, 20 kilometers west of Mosul. According to commander of Peshmerga forces west of the Tigris River Abdullah Saliyi, the airstrike killed “many” ISIS militants and destroyed an IED factory in an attempt to sever the ISIS supply route between Tel ‘Afar and Mosul.

On June 6, Peshmerga forces reported clearing ISIS from a cumulative 80 kilometers from the west and north of Mosul during operations since the beginning of the month. In a statement released by Peshmerga leadership, the advances are attributed to coordination between Peshmerga land forces and “effective” airstrikes by the U.S-led international coalition.

On June 7, U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes targeted ISIS in Mosul, destroying five organizational bases and killing 20 militants.

On June 9, Peshmerga forces assaulted ISIS militants in Kharab Dalil, a village 22 kilometers north of Mosul. During the strike, Peshmerga forces killed 11 ISIS militants and destroyed two weaponized vehicles.

On June 9, U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes targeted a vehicle transporting ISIS militants in  Ba’aj, a town 100 kilometers west of Mosul, killing seven of the militants and completely destroying the transport in the process. The transport was headed in the direction of Mosul, apparently ferrying ISIS reinforcements to the city.

Security Efforts Continue to Keep ISIS Out of Ramadi, Hit

On May 27, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) killed “dozens” of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) fighters in operations to clear ISIS from al-Bo Abeed, a village 20 kilometers north of Ramadi.

On May 28, ISF reported the deaths of an estimated 80 ISIS militants killed in an attempt to clear ISIS from the Khalidiyah peninsula, 10 kilometers southeast of Ramadi.

On May 29, ISIS fighters attacked Iraqi Security Forces based in Hit, 70 kilometers west of Ramadi. Clashes between lightly armored ISIS fighters and ISF were reported throughout the center of Hit and around Hit General Hospital, forcing dozens of families to evacuate the area.

On May 29, around 900 families were displaced from Hit after ISIS attempted to take control of the city. 511 families have resettled in al-Wafaa camp, while 389 families have moved to Kilo 18 camp.

On May 30, a U.S.-led international coalition airstrike targeted an ISIS financial center in al-Qa’im, a town 170 kilometers west of Ramadi, killing 14 ISIS members and destroying over 6 billion dinars (approximately US $5 million) in cash. According to a statement, key figures killed in the strike include an “important aide to al-Baghdadi” who planned the May 29th attack on Hit.

On June 1, ISIS militants attacked Iraqi Security Forces in Kubaisa, 160 kilometers west of Ramadi. According to an anonymous security source, the attack took place at the entrances to the town and local forces “requested forces from Hit to reinforce combat units in Kubaisa.”

On June 3, ISF killed “dozens” of ISIS militants in Hit during the attempt to clear the area of the group. According to commander of the operations Major General Qassim al-Muhammadi, three ISIS suicide bombers were killed before they were able to reach their targets and the ISF were able to destroy seven boats that were ferrying militants to ISIS-controlled areas west of Hit. As a result, ISF cleared ISIS from al-Miskhan, a town in the north of Hit, and raised the Iraqi flag above government buildings.

On June 3, an Iraqi Air Force strike killed Nasir al-Amouna, an ISIS organizer who was wanted for the 2014 massacre of nearly 1600 Shia air force cadets at Camp Speicher. According to head of Tikrit Provincial Council Security Force Salah al-Din Jasim Jabara, al-Amouna was killed along with three of his aides during a meeting to plan attacks on ISF targets in Tikrit.

On June 4, Major General Qassim al-Muhammadi announced that ISF cleared 30 houses of IEDs and dismantled more than 70 explosives during operations to clear ISIS militants from Hit and al-Rotba, areas to the west of Ramadi.

On June 6, ISF killed 30 ISIS militants and destroyed 10 weaponized vehicles in Haditha, a town 130 kilometers northwest of Ramadi. According to Major General Qassim al-Muhammadi, renewed efforts to clear ISIS from the area was necessitated by intelligence of ISIS activity in al-Kasirat, a town in the northeast of Haditha.

On June 8, Salah al-Din Provincial Council announced that they had uncovered an ISIS plan to attack the Ajil and Alas oil fields in Jabal Hamrin, a mountain range east of Tikrit. President of the Salah al-Din Provincial Council Jasim Jabara also added that this plot included plans to disrupt communications between security forces in Jabal Hamrin and Tikrit, as well as launch “a significant number” of vehicle-based IEDs against ISF targets at the same time. The plot was uncovered during security operations in Matbija, a town 50 kilometers southeast of Tikrit.

On June 9, ISF/PMUs clashed with ISIS militants in Biji, a town 20 kilometers north of Tikrit, leaving 10 ISF/PMUs dead and 35 wounded. An anonymous source stated that joint-forces had requested reinforcements and air support in order to maintain control of Biji, but were still awaiting the arrival of both.


05/27/16Abu Ghraib, West of Baghdad27
05/27/16al-Amin, Eastern Baghdad15
05/27/16Hayy al-Furat, Western Baghdad17
05/27/16Wardiya, Southern Baghdad28
05/28/16Hay al-A'mal, Southwest Baghdad16
05/28/16Husseiniya, Southwest Baghdad27
05/28/16al-Ghazalia, Western Baghdad17
05/28/16Duwanim, Southwest Baghdad15
05/29/16al-Doura, Southern Baghdad26
05/29/16al-Armiya, South of Fallujah720
05/29/16al-Nairiya, Northern Baghdad15
05/29/16al-Sha'ab, Northeastern Baghdad18
05/29/16al-Muqdadiya, Northeast of Ba'aqouba630
05/30/16al-Sha'ab, Northeastern Baghdad613
05/30/16al-Tarmiya, Northern Baghdad211
05/30/16Jabal Hamreen, East of Tikrit45
05/30/16Jisr Diyala, Southeast Baghdad29
05/30/16al-Mahmoudiya, Southern Baghdad18
05/30/16al-Ghazalia, Western Baghdad11
05/30/16al-Sha'ab, Northeastern Baghdad12
05/31/16Suleiman Bik, East of Tikrit413
05/31/16al-Yousifiya, Southern Baghdad28
05/31/16al-Rashidiya, Northern Baghdad18
05/31/16al-Za'afrania, Southeastern Baghdad16
05/31/16al-Toubaji, Northwestern Baghdad27
05/31/16al-Habibiya, Northern Baghdad12
06/1/16al-Taifiya, Southern Baghdad27
06/1/16al-Tarmiya, Northern Baghdad19
06/1/16al-Doura, Southern Baghdad24
06/1/16al-Biya'a, Southwestern Baghdad16
06/1/16al-Khanasa, South of Baghdad29
06/1/16Abu Ghraib, West of Baghdad24
06/1/16al-Duwanim, Southwestern Baghdad27
06/1/16al-Fadiliya, Eastern Baghdad11
06/2/16Mansouria, Northern Ba'aqouba40
06/2/16al-Bou Mafraj, South of Kirkuk10
06/2/16al-Yousifiya, Southern Baghdad14
06/2/16al-Ridwaniya, Western Baghdad19
06/2/16Abu Ghraib, West of Baghdad26
06/2/16al-Baladiyat, Eastern Baghdad10
06/3/16al-Abidi, Eastern Baghdad15
06/3/16Hay Our, Eastern Baghdad27
06/3/16al-Doura, Southern Baghdad27
06/3/16al-Amiriya, Western Baghdad10
06/3/16al-Boua'itha, Southern Baghdad18
06/4/16al-Tarmiya, Northern Baghdad211
06/4/16al-Biya'a, Western Baghdad25
06/4/16al-Mahmoudiya, Northern Baghdad210
06/4/16al-Samara, South of Tikrit20
06/4/16al-Wardiya, Southern Baghdad25
06/4/16al-Nairiya, Eastern Baghdad16
06/4/16al-Ghazalia, Western Baghdad16
06/5/16Hay al-Basatin, Northeastern Baghdad15
06/5/16Abu Ghraib, West of Baghdad37
06/5/16Haditha, West of Ramadi38
06/5/16al-Za'afrania, Southeastern Baghdad27
06/5/16al-Abidi, East of Baghdad15
06/5/16al-Doura, Southern Baghdad23
06/6/16al-Biya'a, Southern Baghdad25
06/6/16al-Tarmiyah, Northern Baghdad211
06/6/16al-Firat, Western Baghdad12
06/6/16al-Zirka, East of Tikrit64
06/6/16al-Kairiyat, Northern Baghdad16
06/6/16Jisr al-Diyala, Southeastern Baghdad26
06/7/16Hay al-Amin, Eastern Baghdad18
06/7/16al-Mahmoudiya, Southern Baghdad26
06/7/16al-Nahrwan, Southeast of Baghdad15
06/7/16Khazir, North of Mosul50
06/7/16Haditha, West of Ramadi20
06/7/16al-Fadiliya, Eastern Baghdad26
06/7/16Karbala, South of Baghdad335
06/7/16al-Sha'ab, Northeastern Baghdad16
06/8/16al-Mashtal, Eastern Baghdad15
06/8/16al-Doura, Southern Baghdad25
06/8/16Sowaib, Southeastern Baghdad17
06/8/16Bashir, South of Kirkuk10
06/8/16al-Za'afraniya, Southeastern Baghdad25
06/8/16al-Husseiniya, Northern Baghdad18
06/9/16al-Kamaliya, East of Baghdad15
06/9/16al-Latifiya, South of Baghdad14
06/9/16New Baghdad, Eastern Baghdad1129
06/9/16al-Taji, East of Baghdad618


Derived from firsthand accounts and Iraq-based Arabic and Kurdish news sources, the Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor is a free publication of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. ISHM’s research methodolgy was developed by EPIC’s Senior Visiting Fellow Ahmed Ali. 

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