ISHM: January 20 – 26, 2017


Key Takeaways:

  • Iraqi Security Forces Clear ISIS from Eastern Mosul, Prepare for Operations in the West – Iraqi Security Forces solidified their control of eastern Mosul this week as they worked to clear ISIS militants from the Rashidiyah neighborhood in the northern part of the city. After rendering Mosul’s five bridges mostly unusable, U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes have assisted the ISF in patrolling the Tigris River in an effort to restrict the movement of ISIS militants and equipment and prevent ISIS attacks on eastern ISF positions. In preparation for impending operations into the more densely populated western half of the city, ISIS is taking up defensive positions and destroying infrastructure that could be used to house security forces after they cross into the west in the coming weeks. more…
  • IDPs Encouraged to Return to Eastern Mosul Despite Lingering Security Concerns – For the first time since military operations to clear Mosul of ISIS militants began on October 17, the net total of IDPs from Mosul fell over the past week. According to the Ministry of Displacement and Migration, approximately 4,000 IDPs returned to their homes in cleared neighborhoods of eastern Mosul, incentivized by payments of 1.5 million Iraqi dinars (approximately US$ 1,250) by the government agency. UNICEF partnered with Iraqi authorities to reopen 30 schools in the eastern half of the city, but scores of returnees in eastern Mosul are complaining about shortages of food and petroleum products. Despite being ostensibly clear of ISIS militants, eastern Mosul continues to present extreme dangers such as hidden IEDs and the possibility of a resurgence of militants. Returns to eastern Mosul are being encouraged so that IDP camps can ensure capacity for residents from western Mosul, from which an estimated 250,000 IDPs could be displaced. According to UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, “siege-like conditions and a mass exodus” from western Mosul cannot be ruled out. Security forces are expected to enter the western half in the coming weeks. more…
  • Trump Administration Still Determining Iraq Policy, Prime Minister al-Abadi Responds – As the Trump administration continues to outline its policy vis-a-vis Iraq, intelligence and military arms assistance to the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga is expected to continue and on January 22, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman announced that “hundreds of millions of dollars” for reconciliation and service provision have been allocated by the United States for 2017. In response to President Trump’s suggestions to expropriate Iraqi oil, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that “Iraq’s oil is constitutionally the property of Iraqis.” Trump is expected to sign an executive order on January 26 restricting the entrance of refugees and visa holders from more than a half dozen countries, including Iraq, at least temporarily. more…
  • PMUs Working to Clear Baghdad-Mosul Highway, Restrict Movements from Hawija – Popular Mobilization Units and the Iraqi Federal Police are working to clear a seven kilometer stretch of the Mosul-Baghdad Highway in the area around Sharqat, 75 kilometers south of Mosul. The effort is to restrict the movement of ISIS militants between Mosul and Hawija and has thus far cleared several small towns and villages in the vicinity. (For more on PMU activity in Iraq and their plans for the future, read our recent analysis.) more…
  • Airstrikes Continue in Anbar Despite a Halt to Ground Ops – Despite an announcement suspending ground operations in Anbar Province two weeks ago, U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes continued to target ISIS positions south of Qa’im and along the Iraq-Syria border. According to a spokesman for PMUs in Anbar, several ISIS militants have been observed retreating from Raqqah (the ISIS capital in Syria) toward Iraq. Separately, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration reported the closure of two IDP camps in Anbar Province as IDP populations continue to return to Fallujah, Ramadi, and other previously cleared areas of the province. more…

For more background on most of the institutions, key actors, political parties, and locations mentioned in our takeaways or in the stories that follow, see the ISHM Reference Guide.

Iraqi Security Forces Clear ISIS from Eastern Mosul, Prepare for Operations in the West

On January 21, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants blew up the Mosul Tourist Hotel, allegedly in order to stop Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) from using it as a base or sniping post when they cross the river. The hotel was located on the western side of Mosul, near the Fifth Bridge. On the east side, ISF snipers have taken up positions in high rise buildings such as the Ninewa International Hotel, where they can observe ISIS movements across the Tigris.

On January 21, U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes targeted ISIS boats on the Tigris, aiming at an estimated 90 boats and three barges used to ferry militants and equipment across the river. Earlier airstrikes by coalition forces rendered Mosul’s five bridges unusable, forcing militants retreating from oncoming ISF forces in eastern Mosul to rely on other transportation. It is estimated that dozens of boats were destroyed and at least 30 militants were killed in the airstrikes.

On January 23, Commander of Operations in Mosul, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rashid Yarallah, reported that more than 1,000 vehicle-based improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) have been used against ISF as they push forward into Mosul, but that there is only one area left in East Mosul before the ISF have complete control. He also reported the increased use of ISIS aircraft in Mosul.

On January 23, ISF stormed the Rashidiyah neighborhood in northern Mosul, the largest bastion of ISIS left on the eastern side of the Tigris River. After Rashidiyah is cleared, the only remaining ISIS resistance on the east side will be in small pockets, including in wooded areas on the banks of the river.  

On January 24, ISF found a large repository and laboratory used by ISIS for various types of weapons. The site is approximately 12 kilometers southeast of Mosul and is reported to have housed over 250 kilograms of ammonia (used in chemical weapons), 50 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and 100 missiles.   

On January 24, ISIS militants abandoned their headquarters in Tal Afar, 70 kilometers west of Mosul. They reportedly burned several tons of office archives as they left.  

On January 24, the U.S. Department of Defense reported that since the commencement of Operation Inherent Resolve on October 17, the U.S.-led international coalition has engaged in 558 airstrikes in assistance of the ISF. The same report estimated that the ISF have faced an average of five VBIEDs in Mosul every day of their effort to clear the city of ISIS militants.  

On January 25, Ahmed al-Asadi, a spokesman for the PMUs around Mosul, announced that the militias were prepared to participate in the clearing of the west coast of Mosul. Thus far, the mostly Shia PMUs have only been involved in clearing and holding the area around the majority Sunni city, and many of Mosul’s Sunnis are unhappy with the idea of Shia militias in their city for fear of discrimination and violence.

On January 25, local sources in western Mosul reported that ISIS militants appear to be preparing for the oncoming incursion of the ISF across the Tigris. According to the sources, snipers are taking up positions in the main Mosul medical complex, which consists of 12 buildings, some with as many as seven stories. On the other side of the river, the ISF have extended floating bridges across the Tigris in preparation for the operation on the west coast.

On January 25, ISIS militants crossed the Tigris late at night, attacking ISF forces on the east side of Mosul. With the help of air support striking the Kanisah area on the north end of West Mosul, the ISF were able to repel the attack, forcing the militants to withdraw.

On January 26, Col. John Dorian, spokesman for the U.S.-led International Coalition operating in Iraq, stated that the ISF were prepared to begin the clearing of the west bank of Mosul, although the government was still deciding on when to begin the operation. He said that the coordination between the U.S.-led international coalition and ISF “yielded significant results” on the east side of the city, which led to a confidence in procuring positive results on the west coast. Operations continue around the city as villages to the north and the road to the south are cleared

On January 26, a local source reported that airstrikes west of Mosul had killed a prominent Russian member of ISIS. The anonymous source stated that there are dozens of Russians among the ranks of the militants in Mosul, and that this man is the sixth Russian to die since the beginning of the operation by the ISF to clear the city.

IDPs Encouraged to Return to Eastern Mosul Despite Lingering Security Concerns

Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Jan. 23 Jan.24 Jan. 25 Jan. 26
Total IDPs 159,252 159,690 160,260 161,238 160,848 160,848 159,006
Daily Net Change +234 +438 +570 +978 -390 -390 -1,452

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Displaced from Mosul and Surrounding Areas Since Military Operations Began on October 17.
Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM).

On January 20, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that the al-Qayyarah emergency site, located 73 kilometers south of Mosul, now hosts 18,543 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul, Hawija located 67 kilometers west of Kirkuk, and Sharqat located 120 kilometers north of Tikrit. A total of 5,000 new tents will be ready by the end of January and an additional 5,000 will be ready by April. Over half of the new tents feature concrete bases, and storm drains have been updated throughout the camp. IOM also reported that it will build an additional emergency site in Haj Ali, a village along the Tigris River located 60 kilometers south of Mosul. The village already hosts 1,000 IDPs, however, upon completion the site will expand to 7,500 tents. Once additions are completed, Haj Ali and al-Qayyarah will be able to host 100,000 IDPs combined.

On January 21, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a total number of 3,330 injuries were recorded at the Emergency and West Emergency hospitals in Erbil, 85 kilometers east of Mosul, since the operation to clear Mosul of ISIS militants began on October 17, 2016. The WHO recorded 76 new cases from January 15 to January 21, an increase of only 2% since last week. An estimated 49% of cases were civilians and 12% were children under the age of 15. Trauma Stabilization Points in eastern Mosul recorded a total of 3,058 cases since October 17, 2016, an increase of 27% since last week. Of those casualties, 9% were children under the age of 15. The WHO also donated 21 emergency health kits enough to treat 21,000 patients to the Hammam al-Alil Primary Health Center, located 33 kilometers south of Mosul, and Gogjali Primary Health Center, located on the outskirts of eastern Mosul.  

On January 21, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants began a campaign in western Mosul to force women to surrender their gold pieces to provide funding for the organization, and whipped four women who refused. The purpose of this policy, and the subsequent cut in wages for ISIS militants, is to provide additional funding for the organization as it struggles to maintain control of Mosul.

On January 22, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that 160,260 IDPs are displaced from Mosul and the surrounding areas since operations to clear Mosul of ISIS militants began on October 17, 2016. This is the first instance since operations began that the total number of IDPs has decreased in absolute terms due to returns to Mosul from Hassan Sham camp located 32 kilometers east of Mosul, and Khazar camp located 47 kilometers northeast of Mosul. Between January 16 and January 22, over 56,000 people in eastern Mosul received aid from the UN and its partners in the form of ready-to-eat meals, water, and hygiene kits. However, western Mosul remains inaccessible to the UN and its partners.

On January 23, six ISIS mortar shells killed three children and injured six others in eastern Sharqat, 120 kilometers north of Tikrit. While additional details surrounding the incident have not been disclosed, an anonymous source reported that the mortars fell near the children on their way to school.   

On January 23, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration reported that more than 4,000 IDPs from Mosul were able to return to their homes in cleared neighborhoods of eastern Mosul. The ministry recorded the return of 2,675 IDPs from Khazar camp, located 47 kilometers northeast of Mosul, and 1,403 IDPs from Hassan Sham camp, located 32 kilometers east of Mosul. The ministry provided buses and trucks to transport the IDPs from the camps, and provided ready-to-eat meals upon their arrival in Mosul.

On January 23, an anonymous security source reported that ISIS issued a fatwa authorizing its militants to kill women and children who flee the “land of the caliphate” in Mosul. Militants are also authorized to confiscate property from those who flee. On January 13, ISIS militants burned a woman and her four children alive as they attempted to flee Hawija.

On January 24, eastern Mosul resident, Mohamed Ibrahim, recalled living conditions under ISIS rule. ISIS implemented a ban on televisions and mobile phones that, if violated, was punishable by beatings, imprisonment, or death. ISIS placed Ibrahim on a “blacklist” and he was summoned to court when ISIS militants accused him of “refusing to grow the right sized beard.” An anonymous resident reported that ISIS militants took homes and used them as makeshift prisons or as holding cells where ISIS militants forced women to be sex slaves. The source reported that he used to hear screams from neighboring houses at night.

On January 24, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, expressed great concern for the 750,000 civilians still inside western Mosul, noting that “siege-like conditions and a mass exodus” cannot be ruled out. Families will face booby-trapped homes and risk being injured in the crossfire when operations to clear ISIS from western Mosul begin. Reports indicate that living conditions in western Mosul are “sharply deteriorating,” noting that food prices are “soaring” and electricity and water are “intermittent.” The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that ISIS militants took over several hospitals in western Mosul and converted them into military bases, diverting essential resources such as food, water, and medicine, away from civilians and to ISIS militants. UNHCR also reported that ISIS uses civilian homes and other civilian infrastructure as bases and makeshift prisons, and often uses civilians as human shields. Despite the great need for humanitarian assistance, it is incredibly difficult for the UN and its partners to access western Mosul.  

On January 24, the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) partnered with Iraqi authorities to reopen 30 schools in eastern Mosul, allowing over 16,000 students to go back to school after nearly two years of school closures. UNICEF will also provide water and sanitation services, school supplies, and retraining for teachers, many of whom have been out of the classroom for nearly two years due to ISIS violence. According to Reuters, some children in eastern Mosul still attended school before the area was cleared of ISIS, however, the “jihadist brand of education” included lessons on bomb making, suicide bombing, and weapons tallying. UNICEF will reopen an additional 40 schools to accommodate 40,000 students in the coming weeks when the schools are cleared of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).  

On January 25, Deportees and Displaced Committee in Parliament leader Raad Aldhlki criticized the “major lack” of service ministries, particularly the Ministry of Health, providing humanitarian assistance to IDPs and returnees in Mosul and the surrounding area. He advocated for greater health services including preventative care and noted that residents and returnees in eastern Mosul have complained that food and petroleum products have not been allowed back into the city, which has caused prices to rise.

On January 25, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration anticipates that 250,000 IDPs could be displaced from Mosul and the surrounding areas by operations to clear western Mosul of ISIS militants, adding that it hopes to return 3,000 IDPs each day to cleared areas of eastern Mosul in the coming weeks. The ministry also decided provide displaced families with one and a half million Iraqi dinars (approximately US$ 1,250) in exchange for their return to eastern Mosul.

On January 25, The Iraqi Committee on Displacement and Migration decried the absence of humanitarian aid in the greater Mosul area, claiming that the lack of goods and services for returning displaced persons makes it harder for them to resettle and return to normalcy. The cause of this problem, according to the committee, is the ineffectiveness of the provincial government in Nineveh.

On January 25, the Iraqi Counter-terrorism Service (CTS) found an abandoned ISIS prison in the Mohandeseen neighborhood in eastern Mosul. The prison consisted of three floors with solitary confinement cells, torture chambers with torture devices, and large metal panels to block sunlight from entering through the windows. The walls of several prison cells were covered in Russian writing, suggesting that foreigners were imprisoned there.

On January 26, IOM reported that 159,006 IDPs are currently displaced from Mosul and the surrounding area since operations to clear the city of ISIS militants began on October 17, 2016, a net increase of only 78 individuals since January 19. Since January 23, IDP numbers from Mosul and the surrounding area have been dropping steadily as families return to eastern Mosul, however, this is projected to change when operations to clear western Mosul begin. To date, nearly 29,000 IDPs have returned to their homes.

Trump Administration Still Determining Iraq Policy, Prime Minister al-Abadi Responds

On January 20, Dr. Najmadin Karim, the Governor of Kirkuk, and Rebwar Talabani, chief of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, met to discuss the overall security and humanitarian situation in the province. The most emphasis was placed on upcoming provincial elections. ISIS poses a threat to normal government functions in Kirkuk, and because of this, some federal Iraqi officials have discussed postponing elections. The region’s leaders argued that Kirkuk’s citizens deserve the same constitutional rights as other Iraqis, and that delaying or cancelling elections in Kirkuk would subordinate the province to its counterparts and reduce the government’s efficacy.

On January 21, Jabar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Peshmerga Ministry, stated that the United States and Canada would continue to supply Kurdish forces with military hardware and intelligence, and confirmed that the international coalition combatting ISIS remains strong. While President Trump intends to alter different aspects of American foreign policy, aid given to Kurdish forces remains a key component of the international coalition and, according to Secretary Yawar, will continue.  

On January 22, the United States Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Siliman, announced that the United States 2017 budget has allocated “hundreds of millions” of dollars for “reconciliation” and and the provision of services in areas cleared of ISIS. Essential to this commitment is the understanding that one of the main policy goals of the Iraqi government in post-ISIS Iraq is for displaced persons and families to return to their hometowns so as to build a more stable country and continue Iraq’s development.

On January 23, Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), threatened to declare Kurdistan’s independence if former Iraqi Prime Minister and current Vice President Nouri al-Maliki returns to the Prime Minister position. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Maliki was a sharply polarizing figure who drew his support from Iraq’s Shia community. His opponents, mainly Sunnis, criticized Maliki for favoring Shias rather than treating all Iraqis equally. By the end of his time as Prime Minister, Maliki faced anti-corruption protests and scorn from Parliament directed at his inadequate handling of ISIS.

On January 24, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced his intention to pursue an investigation into human rights abuses made by the Iraqi army and paramilitary forces after international pressure increased. While Abadi did not go so far as to directly accuse any official Iraqi force en-masse as guilty of these crimes, he did suggest that it was possible some individuals were “exploiting” their position as a member of the military to commit these crimes. Pending ISIS’s defeat in Mosul, Abadi stressed the importance of maintaining a positive image of security forces to help maintain stability in areas cleared of ISIS’s control.

On January 24, following Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement to pursue general investigations into military human rights abuses, Iraqi news organization the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) demanded an official investigation into the beating of 11 members of a television crew and the theft of their equipment. The television crew works for Iraq’s NRT’s (A Kurdish based news organization) Arabic channel. The JFO is a group that focuses on ensuring press freedoms and rights in Iraq. According to the JFO, 11 members of an Iraqi security team harassed, beat, and stole from the television crew covering a recent bombing in Baghdad. The JFO continued to emphasize that this security force maintained a poor track record toward reporters, alluding to previous instances of abuse. The JFO also criticized the attack as an attempt to obscure the facts of the bombing, perhaps making it seem not as destructive as it was to reinforce a feeling of security in the capitol.

On January 24, The State Company for Iraqi Cement announced that the decision to block cement imports has added one billion dinars (approximately US$ 850,000) to the Iraqi treasury. Aqeel Shujari praised the 2015 decision and stressed that domestic cement production is sufficient to meet Iraqi needs. While the law still allows cement imports as needed, Iraqi producers are capable of generating approximately 21 million tons at the same or better quality as imported cement.

On January 24, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent suggestions on appropriating Iraqi oil, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stated, “Iraq’s oil is constitutionally the property of Iraqis.” Al-Abadi also confirmed that Trump offered additional assistance to Iraqi forces combatting ISIS, without specifying what form this assistance will come in. Trump’s statements add to the anxieties of many Iraqis that are unfamiliar with Trump and in what manner he will orient US-Iraq policy.

On January 25, U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order on immigration. The new rule will add restrictions on the entrance of refugees and visa holders from Iraq. Hiroshi Motomura, an immigration law expert at the University of California suggested that critics might be able to overturn the executive order if they can frame a legal challenge under the concept that the law will function as a de-facto Muslim immigration ban rather than one on immigration from specific countries.

PMUs Working to Clear Baghdad-Mosul Highway, Restrict Movements from Hawija

On January 21, Ministry of Health experts discovered a mass grave of 89 corpses inside Saddam Hussein’s palace compound located in Tikrit, 170 kilometers north of Baghdad. The remains are those of the victims of the 2014 Speicher Massacre in which Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants abducted and killed at least 1,566 unarmed and mostly Shia Iraqi Air Force cadets from Camp Speicher. The massacre was filmed and broadcasted on social media and the corpses were either buried inside the palace complex or thrown into the Tigris River. On January 4, 2017, Ministry of Health experts discovered a mass grave containing 80 corpses from the massacre located in the same vicinity as the most recent discovery. On August 21, 2016, the Iraqi judiciary convicted 36 men in connection to the massacre and they were sentenced to death.

On January 22, an anonymous source reported that Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants crushed seven civilians to death with a bulldozer near al-Bakara camp near Hawija, 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk. The civilians were accused of collaborating with the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). An ISIS militant also allegedly cut out a man’s heart and ate it.  

On January 23, Provincial police forces announced that three ISIS cells west of Tikrit were dismantled (170 kilometers north of Baghdad). An anonymous source in the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) reported that the Provincial police, working with Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), found 14 militants in multiple “dens,” and have confiscated guns and communication equipment from the locations.

On January 24, a local source in Hawija (65 kilometers west of Kirkuk City) reported that ISIS has implemented a curfew in the city after one of its leaders was abducted. The anonymous source stated that the abduction was carried out by an unknown group, and coincides with an increasing number of operations against ISIS in the area.

On January 24, head of the District Council of Muqdadiyah (40 kilometers northeast of Baquba) Adnan al-Tamimi announced a security operation in the Zour Basin, 15 kilometers north of Muqdadiyah. The goal of the ongoing operation is to clear the area of ISIS sleeper cells.

On January 24, the Jund al-Imam PMU reported killing 17 ISIS militants and destroying 4 vehicle-based improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) in an operation in the Baiji area, 50 kilometers north of Tikrit. Jund al-Imam worked with another PMU, Sheheed al-Sadr, as part of an ongoing effort to clear the Mosul-Baghdad road.

On January 24, a PMU announcement stated that an operation in conjunction with Federal Police was underway to clear a seven kilometer stretch of the road between Mosul and Baghdad in the area around Sharqat, located 75 kilometers south of Mosul. The aim is to stop the movement of ISIS militants between Mosul and Hawija, and the operation has cleared the towns of Jaber Huweidi, Hindi, Admana and Fayyad al-Thalj thus far.

On January 25, two PMU fighters were killed and two wounded in ISIS attacks on ISF positions to the south and east of Tikrit, roughly halfway between Mosul and Baghdad. ISIS forces have also gained ground on roads heading east of Tikrit. In the Tal Kaseba area, 40 kilometers east of Tikrit, PMUs reported killing at least 44 militants in the past 24 hours, along with the destruction of ISIS vehicles and equipment.

Airstrikes Continue in Anbar Despite a Halt to Ground Ops

On January 20, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration reported the closure of two internally displaced person (IDP) camps located 60 kilometers and 18 kilometers west of Ramadi in Anbar Province. The camps will be closed due to the large number of IDPs who have returned to cleared areas of Anbar. The remaining populations of the camps will be relocated to al-Khalidiya camp, 14 kilometers east of Ramadi, Amiriyat al-Fallujah camp located 73 kilometers southeast of Ramadi, and Habbaniya camp located 33 kilometers east of Ramadi.  

On January 22, airstrikes destroyed a facility used for producing vehicle-based improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) and as storehouse for weapons. On January 23, five militants were killed in airstrikes by U.S.-led international coalition. On January 23, the Military Media Cell announced that the Iraqi Air Force killed 30 militants at a training camp in western Anbar, and injured at least 25 others.

On January 22, Anbar Operations Command announced continuing security operations in territory cleared by joint Iraqi forces. The efforts include finding and disposing of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and VBIEDs in areas west of Ramadi that the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) have cleared of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants.

On January 25, the spokesman for the PMUs in Anbar, Nazim al-Jughaifi, reported that ISIS militants retreating from Raqqah, the ISIS defacto capital in Syria, are headed to the towns of Deir al-Zour and Albu Kamal, 130 and 12 kilometers from the Iraq-Syria border, respectively. Al-Jugahaifi asserted that intelligence forces were monitoring the situation and were able to see militants moving across the border.

On January 25, the U.S.-led International Coalition carried out airstrikes on an ISIS camp in the Umm al-Weez area, 230 kilometers northwest of Ramadi. The operation, conducted 60 kilometers south of Qa’im, is reported to have destroyed two ISIS vehicles, and killed 18 militants.

On January 26, Major General Naumann Abdul Zubai, the head of the Iraqi Army’s Seventh Brigade, announced the destruction of an ISIS military headquarters and weapons cache northwest of Lake Qadisiya, 160 kilometers northwest of Ramadi. The operation was a joint effort between U.S.-led international coalition planes and the Seventh Brigade.  

IED Incidents and Resulting Casualties

01/26/17Bayaa, South Baghdad04
01/26/17Madain, Southeast of Baghdad15
01/25/17Central Ramadi, Anbar Province04
01/25/17Rusafi, Central Baghdad24
01/25/17Ghazaliyah, West of Baghdad03
01/24/17Masarif, East Mosul21
01/24/17Diyala Bridge, Southeast of Baghdad02
01/24/17al-Furat, West of Baghdad14
01/24/17Iskan, West Baghdad17
01/24/17Al-Nahda, Central Baghdad010
01/23/17Talibiyah, East Baghdad16
01/23/17Arab Jabour, South of Baghdad02
01/23/17Shaab, North of Baghdad
01/22/17Taji, North of Baquba14
East Baghdad
01/21/17Karma, East of Fallujah119
01/21/17Karma, East of Fallujah15
01/21/17al-Basatin, North of Baghdad04
01/20/17Suwaib, South of Baghdad13
01/20/17Karma, East of Fallujah13


Please note: some geographic locations represented are approximations and this map may not represent all incidents.

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.

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