Safe Return

NINEWA ISHM NO.5: SEPTEMBER 27 – OCTOBER 25

Key Takeaways:

  • Noticeable decreases in security forces operations compared to September as insurgent attacks continue; Coalition air strikes halted – The 39 security incidents recorded in Ninewa province by the research team during the reporting period included: 25 operations by Iraqi security forces (ISF) (compared to 52 in August and 36 in September) that resulted in the arrest of militants believed to belong to ISIS in different parts of the province, some of which included the discovery of weapons and equipment and the destruction of militant and hideouts. There have been no airstrikes by the International Coalition forces in the past four weeks, and the ISF did not announce any operations that killed militants. On the other hand, there were five attacks with small arms, one attack with white arms and eight Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks (the same number reported in September), targeting civilians and the ISF. It is noteworthy that the interruption of internet service imposed by the government to control demonstrations in central and southern Iraq has impacted news reporting and reduced the number of events recorded during the first week of October. more…
  • A number of the freed Yazidis arrive in Sinjar; Christian families return to east Mosul; 2,000 prisoners to be transferred from Tel-Kaif to Baghdad – On October 1, it was reported that a kidnapped Yazidi child had been released from Syria and handed over to the Yazidi House in Al-Jazira region in preparation for handing him over to his family soon. On October 11, four Yazidis were reported to have been released from detention in Al-Houl camp in Syria. On October 22, four Yazidi families were reported to have returned to the center of Sinjar after more than five years of displacement in Pervisi-2 camp in Dohuk. On October 11, Ninewa’s local government announced the return of 89 displaced families from the Christian community to their areas of origin in east Mosul and an official in the provincial council said other families would soon return to the subdistrict of Bartella. On October 23, a member of the Ninewa provincial council said that the Iraqi authorities plan to transfer approximately 2000 ISIS convicts from Tel-Kaif prison to Abu Ghraib or Taji. On October 8, the governor of Ninewa said the local government has obtained approval from the Interior Ministry to visit detainees in Ninewa Intelligence and Investigation Department prisons, which has so far been banned. more…
  • U.S. grant to revive the economy in the Ninewa Plain and Sinjar; UAE funds project to revive Christian heritage; Promises to build 7,000 housing units | Efforts to revive a number of factories – On October 3, the director of USAID said the agency was providing $18 million in new grants to the International Organization of Migration to facilitate the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and revitalize the economy of displaced minority communities in the Ninewa Plains and Sinjar. On October 11, the UAE and UNESCO signed an agreement to support the revival of Christian heritage and cultural diversity in Mosul, which will include the reconstruction of the Tahira Syriac Catholic Church, the Latin Church of Mosul, and a training and job creation program. On October 15, the committee for the reconstruction of the damaged areas said that work began on the construction of 7,000 housing units to be distributed in Hamdaniya, Bartella, Bashiqa and Qaraqosh. On October 11, the governor of Ninewa said that 13 factories have been rebuilt and started to operate, including factories for flour, sugar, sesame and others, located in the districts of Baaj, Tal-Afar and the areas of Zammar, Qayyarah and Hammam al-Alil. On October 17, the Ministry of Industry laid the cornerstone for a power plant and a new cement production line at the Badush cement plant complex. On October 24, it was reported that the Mosul dairy plant has resumed operations with the activation of an initial production line with an estimated production capacity of 144 tons per year. On October 23, debris clearance began in preparation for the reconstruction of the General Hospital in west Mosul, the city’s largest hospital. more…
  • Mosul expresses solidarity with al-Saadi; Hakim calls for compensating Sinjar; Two deputy governors returned to office; Ninewa council rejects parliament motion to dissolve provincial councils – On September 29, demonstrations broke out in the Taher Zainawa area of Mosul in solidarity with General Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi, who was removed from his post as commander of Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces by Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. The protesters tried to prevent security forces from removing a statue of Saadi, which was to be unveiled soon. On September 29, the head of the National Wisdom Movement, Ammar Al-Hakim, called for insulating the Yazidi community from political rivalries, compensating the people of Sinjar for the damages done to them, and giving them government representation commensurate with their population. On October 2, the Supreme Administrative Court reinstated Abdul-Kader Sinjari and Hassan Thannoun al-Allaf, two deputies of former governor Nawfal Al-Akoub, in a move that could create an administrative problem. On October 10, Ninewa’s provincial council said it rejected a resolution passed by Parliament on October 8 following a vote to make legal amendments to freeze the work of provincial councils. more…

Safe Return is a multi-organization USAID project that is providing support for the safe and voluntary return of internally displaced Iraqis—many from minority communities—to their homes in the Ninewa Plains and Western Ninewa.


Security Developments

Noticeable decreases in security forces operations compared to September as insurgent attacks continue; Coalition air strikes halted


Note: Above figures represent information collected from Iraqi and international news sources, social media, and our community monitors. They do not necessarily represent all incidents that occurred during this reporting period.

On September 28, a force from the Iraqi Army’s 20th division found and disposed of one car bomb and five explosive vests in the Malha area in Baaj, west of Mosul.

On September 28, ISF arrested seven suspects believed to be ISIS members in Tel Kaif, north of Mosul.

On September 28, military intelligence units arrested two suspected terrorists in the Agwar and Shuhada neighborhoods in west Mosul, based on court-issued warrants.

On September 29, a joint force of Ninewa police, intelligence and counter-terrorism arrested three members of ISIS in the west Mosul neighborhoods of Tanak, Amil and Mamoun. One of the suspects was an ISIS security agent while the other two were fighters in “Diwan al-Jund” during the ISIS occupation of Mosul.

On September 29, an IED explosion wounded two tribal mobilization fighters while driving between the villages of Tasah and Najma in al-Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul. A second explosion happened after a police patrol arrived at the scene, but did not cause additional casualties.

On September 30, police forces in Hamam al-Alil arrested two ISIS members who had been fighters in “Diwan al-Jund”. The arrest took place in the Salahiya village and was based on an arrest warrant.

On September 30, police forces in Sinjar arrested a suspected terrorist at one of the city’s checkpoints. The suspect is believed to have worked for the “Hisba” organization within ISIS during its occupation of Ninewa.

On October 2, an IED exploded in al-Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul, killing one tribal mobilization fighter. A second IED exploded on the same date near the village of Gabr al-Abd, near Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul. The second explosion did not cause casualties.

On October 2, the Ninewa operations command said its forces arrested a member of ISIS who was involved in filming and broadcasting ISIS operations and executions. The arrest took place in the Islah Zira’ie neighborhood in west Mosul.

On October 6, one of our community monitors reported that security forces (Asayish) in the town of Alqush declined to give a group of the town’s youth a permit to organize a public prayer to show solidarity with the protests in Baghdad and those killed during the protests. The security forces did not offer an explanation for their decision.

On October 9, one of our community monitors reported that unknown assailants murdered a twenty year old woman, who’s a student at Mosul’s pharmacology school, inside her home in the Rifaq neighborhood in east Mosul. The murder, in which the victim was slaughtered with a knife, and whose motives were unclear, caused shock within the community, according to the monitor.

On October 10, the Interior Ministry said that the Ninewa police force, acting on arrest warrants, arrested five members of ISIS. Two of the detainees worked in the ISIS “Hisba” organization while the others were fighters in the “Diwan al-Jund” during the ISIS occupation of Mosul. The arrests took place in the Jami’a, Aden, Zahraa and Nahda neighborhoods in east Mosul.

On October 10, the military intelligence department said that its forces arrested two suspected terrorists who were members of the ISIS Wailayat al-Jazira. One of the detainees was involved in smuggling fuel to and from Syria. The arrests took place in the Yarmija and Intisar neighborhoods in east Mosul.

On October 11, the military intelligence department said that its forces, acting on intelligence tips, uncovered a weapons cache in the old industrial district in west Mosul. The cache contained 121 mortar rounds and 11 rocket charges.

On October 11, our community monitors reported that a force belonging to the integrity commission and SWAT teams arrested a suspect using the identity of a brigadier general in the counterterrorism service in extortion targeting officers and civilian departments. The suspect was arrested in the Faysaliyah area of east Mosul after exchanging fire with the security force.

On October 11, the Ninewa police said that unknown militants shot and killed a civilian in the Kisik subdistrict north of Mosul.

On October 11, ISF found the body of an unidentified civilian in the village of Owainat in the Sinjar district west of Mosul.

On October 12, an IED exploded in the village of Tulul Mehar in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul. The explosion killed two civilians.

On October 13, the Interior Ministry said its forces arrested a suspected ISIS fighter who was a member of “Diwan al-Jund” during the ISIS occupation of Mosul. He was arrested in the Zahraa neighborhood in east Mosul.

On October 13, the military intelligence department said it infiltrated and dismantled a terrorist cell comprising five members in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 14, Ninewa police said that unknown militants shot and killed a civilian in the Shahwan neighborhood in Mosul’s old city.

On October 15, the military intelligence department said the ISF arrested two suspected terrorists who had appeared in ISIS media publications and had arrest warrants against them. The suspects were arrested in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 15, one civilian was killed when in IED, believed to be left behind by ISIS, exploded near the medicine production factory northeast of Mosul.

On October 16, intelligence units with the 14th division of the Iraqi army uncovered a weapons cache in the Sirnaj al-Kabeer neighborhood in east Mosul. The cache contained 60mm mortar rounds and a number of IEDs left behind by ISIS. The munitions were detonated under control without damage.

On October 16, the ISF arrested five suspected members of ISIS in the Gogajli area in east Mosul and took them to the Ninewa Operations Command HQ for questioning.

On October 17, a civilian was killed when an IED exploded hitting his vehicle in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 17, the Security Media Cell said that the ISF arrested four suspected terrorists and uncovered a weapons cache left behind by ISIS during a security operation in the Zanko area.

On October 17, the ISF closed the main road between Mosul and Erbil and the roads leading to the Ninewa Plains areas to protect civilians participating in the Arbaeen ceremonies. The closure began at 6pm on Thursday and will last until 6pm on Saturday. The ISF also intensified their presence to prevent terrorist attacks against pilgrims.

On October 18, the ISF arrested two suspected terrorists in the Rashidiya neighborhood in east Mosul.

On October 18, the ISF uncovered an explosive belt that was left behind by ISIS militants inside a house in the Nahrawan neighborhood in west Mosul.

On October 18, the Interior Ministry said that Ninewa police working with security authorities in Dohuk arrested three individuals who had murdered a pharmacology student inside her home in east Mosul a few days earlier. Two of the suspects were arrested in the Qawsiyat neighborhood in west Mosul while the third was arrested in Dohuk.

On October 19, the ISF reopened the main road between Mosul and Erbil, which had been closed to traffic on October 17 as a security precaution during the Arbaeen pilgrimage.

On October 20, a unit from the 16th division in the Iraqi Army arrested two wanted terrorists in the Hamm al-Alil subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 20, the ISF arrested three individuals suspected of being ISIS members, based on intelligence tips in the Qayyara subdistrict south of Mosul. The suspects were taken to the Ninewa operations HQ for interrogation.

On October 21, one of our community based monitors said he saw a long American military convoy pass through the intersection near the town of Alqush heading from Dohuk to Erbil. After inquiring about the movement, the convoy turned out to be of U.S. forces withdrawn from Syria. The passage of the convoy was accompanied by helicopters hovering over the area. Other news reports said the convoy included 19 vehicles.

On October 21, Ninewa governor Mansour al-Mureid said in a statement that no ISIS elements have entered the province. Mureid said reports about large numbers of ISIS members entering the province were inaccurate. Iraqi officials had previously warned that large numbers of ISIS members currently detained by Syrian Democratic Forces could infiltrate into Iraq if they escape due to the recent Turkish military operations in northeast Syria.

On October 22, the military intelligence agency said that its forces arrested two ISIS members in the Tel al-Rumman neighborhood in west Mosul. One of the detainees worked in “Diwan al-Jund” while the other worked in “al-Hisba” during the ISIS occupation of Ninewa.

On October 23, the popular mobilization forces (PMF) said that its units arrested an individual escribed as the governor of “Wilay al- Jazira” in ISIS based on a security tis indicating his presence in an area west of Mosul. The PMF took the suspect to their operations HQ for interrogation.

On October 23, security sources in Nienwa said that ISIS militants infiltrated the village of Mureiqa in al-Hadhar district south of Mosul and broke into the village Mukhtar’s home and killed him.

On October 24, the Interior Ministry said that a joint force of the Ninewa police, intelligence and counter terrorism departments arrested five ISIS members. The ministry said the suspects were arrested in the Arbajiya and Zahra neighborhoods in east Mosul based on legal warrants. The suspects worked in the ISIS “Diwan al-Jund” during its occupation of Mosul.

On October 24, unknown militants killed one civilian after attacking him at the grocery store where he works. The attack took place in the Rifaie neighborhood in northwest Mosul.


Humanitarian Issues

A number of the freed Yazidis arrive in Sinjar; Christian families return to east Mosul; 2,000 prisoners to be transferred from Tel-Kaif to Baghdad

On October 1, there were reports about the release of an abducted Yazidi child from the city of Jarablus, Syria, after five years of captivity by ISIS. The sources added that the child, Rawas Ismail Ali, was in good health and was handed over to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the Yazidi House in al-Jazira region, in preparation for his handover to his family soon.

On October 8, Ninewa Governor, Mansour al-Mureid said the local government had obtained approval from the Interior Ministry to visit detainees in Ninewa Intelligence and Investigation Department prisons in the Faisaliah area, which had so far been banned.

On October 11, four Yazidis were reportedly released from detention in Syria. “The teams recently managed to free three Yazidi women and children who were abducted by ISIS inside the Houl camp,” said the director of Yazidi kidnapped and abductees rescue office. The four liberated Yazidis have arrived in the Kurdistan region, bringing the total number of freed kidnapped Yazidis to date to 3,487 men, women and children.

On October 11, Ninewa’s local government announced that 89 displaced families from the Christian community have returned to their areas of origin in east Mosul after more than four years of displacement. An official in the provincial council said there were other families who would soon return to the Bartella subdistrict, East of Mosul.

On October 15, social network sites reported that Ninewa health workers started an open-ended strike to protest the disruption of wages caused by financial shortages affecting the Ministry of finance and Ninewa Health Department. The protestors confirmed that their strike was continuing until their monthly wages were paid. According to reports, the strike resulted in the cessation of patient admission at an unspecified number of health centers and hospitals. On October 17, the general director of Ninewa Health said that the authorities in Baghdad have agreed to disburse the funds earmarked to Ninewa Health Directorate next week.

On October 16, the German Minister of Integration and Refugees visited Iraq and met with Iraqi Minister of Migration and Displacement, Nawfal Baha’a Mousa. They discussed the situation of displaced Iraqis and returnees to their areas of origin and the conditions of Iraqi refugees in Germany whose applications were rejected. The Iraqi minister stressed that the Iraqi government opposed the forced return of refugees and preferred to encourage their voluntary return through programs and facilitations including providing financial grants for refugees wishing to return. The minster added that an Iraqi delegation will visit Germany soon to assess the numbers of refugees who want to return and to do what is necessary to facilitate their return in coordination with the German government. The Iraqi minister added that his ministry seeks to create the right conditions to support the return of displaced Christians and Yazidis to the Ninewa Plain and Sinjar to prevent any demographic change in those areas.

On October 17,  a member of parliament from Ninewa stated that the first group of 200 IDP families residing in Al-Houl camp in Syria would arrive in the Jada’a camp, south of Mosul. The movement of displaced people from Syria to Iraq comes amid the military operations launched by Turkish forces against the SDF as of October 8.

On October 22, four Yazidi families were reported to have returned to Sinjar district after more than five years of displacement in camps in the Kurdistan Region. The returning families were living in Pervisi-2 camp in Dohuk province in the Kurdistan region. The returnees demanded the government and other relevant authorities provide municipal services, water, electricity and employment opportunities so that other displaced people can return as soon as possible to their areas.

On October 23, a member of the Ninewa provincial council said that the Iraqi authorities planned to transfer nearly 2,000 ISIS convicts from Ninewa province prisons to Baghdad in order to ease overcrowding in Ninewa prisons. According to the statements, 1,624 men, 118 boys and nine women among the convicts currently in Tal-Kaif prison will be transferred to Abu Ghraib or Taji.


Economy, Reconstruction And Aid

U.S. grant to revive the economy in the Ninewa Plain and Sinjar; UAE funds project to revive Christian heritage; Promises to build 7,000 housing units; Efforts to revive a number of factories

On September 27, our community-based monitors reported that the Mosul municipality has completed the reconstruction of the Senharib bridge, in al-Faisaliah area of Mosul, and was preparing to reopen it to traffic within days.

On October 28, our community-based monitors reported that the Mosul electricity department has completed repair work on the electricity distribution network in the Qulayat area in the old city.

On September 30, our community-based monitors reported that schools in west Mosul have opened for the new school year, despite the poor state of readiness concerning the infrastructure for several schools.

On October 3, USAID Director Michael Green announced that the agency was providing $18 million in new grants to the IOM to facilitate the return of IDPs and help revitalize the economy of displaced minority communities in the Ninewa Plain and Sinjar areas, west of Mosul. USAID is providing small project grants through the “New Partnership Initiative”, totaling some $4 million to six local groups in northern Iraq to assist the religious and ethnic minorities targeted by ISIS.

On October 11, Ninewa Governor, Manosur Al-Mureid, said that 13 factories in different parts of the province have been rebuilt and provided with machines in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, allowing them to resume operations. Al-Mureid added that the 13 facilities include factories for flour, sugar, sesame and other products, and ae located in the districts of Baaj, Tal-Afar and the subdistricts of Zumar, Qayyarah and Hammam al-Alil.

On October 11, UAE and UNESCO signed an agreement to support the revival of Christian heritage and cultural diversity in Mosul. The agreement includes a plan for the reconstruction of the Tahira Syriac Catholic Church and the Latin Church Clock Tower in Mosul. In addition to the restoration of cultural monuments, the initiative also includes an on-the-job training program for young professionals, enhancing the skills of craftsmen, carpenters, stone workers, blacksmiths, and job creation elements. The program will involve the students of archeology, architecture and engineering at Mosul University in the restoration of historic buildings to help develop their abilities.

On October 12, social media sources reported that the reconstruction of the dormitory buildings for the students of Mosul University has been completed.

On October 13, our community-based monitors said that the municipality of Mosul has completed paving the Souk al-Sha’aren Street in the old city in west Mosul, which runs from Najafi Street to the General Hospital.

On October 14, the municipality of Mosul reportedly poured concrete foundations for the alleys of the Sarij-Khana area in west Mosul, and also poured concrete foundations for the streets of the Nahrawan area.

On October 14, social media sources reported the closure of the Muthana Bridge in the left side of Mosul because of the need for new maintenance work.

On October 15, social media sites reported that preparations were ongoing for holding the TEDx forum in Mosul, which is viewed as an important event that can open up opportunities for expression and exchange of ideas for the city’s youth.

On October 15, the Commission for the reconstruction of damaged areas in the Ninewa provincial council announced that work has begun on the construction of 7,000 housing units in various areas of the Ninewa Plains. The head of the committee said the houses will be distributed in the districts of Hamdaniya, Bartella, Bashiqa, Tel-Kaif, and the town of Qaraqosh to ease the housing crisis there. The official added that it will take a year to build these housing units, which would then be given to families in need.

On October 16, Ninewa Governor Mansour al-Muraid announced that engineering companies from the Ministry of Reconstruction had begun the construction of three important bridges in Ninewa, which are Muthanna, Hammam al-Ali and Al-Houd, south of Mosul. The work is funded from the reconstruction fund. The governor did not mention the time allocated to complete the work on these bridges.

On October 16, the Ninewa education directorate said it had opened a secondary school in the New Mosul area of west Mosul for high-achieving students. The school was built with funds donated by the locals. According to a statement from the directorate, the school has more than 36 classrooms, enough for 1,000 students, along with sports fields and school gardens. Construction took three months.

On October 17, social media sources reported that authorities have begun removing rubble from the Qayyarah bridge to prepare for the bridge’s reconstruction.

On October 17, the Ministry of Industry and the Governor of Ninewa announced that they have laid the cornerstone for three infrastructure projects at the Badush cement factory complex in Ninewa. The projects, which were contracted to Spanish and Korean companies included a 50 megawatt power plant, a cement production plant with a capacity of 4000 tons per day, and a factory for making packing paper bags with a capacity of 60 million bags per year.

On October 21, social media sources reported that the Mosul municipality has finished paving the Sarij-Khana street in the old area of west Mosul.

On October 21, an official in the Ninewa provincial council announced the reopening of the teaching hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Mosul University after the engineers of Mosul University and Ninewa municipalities completed the building’s reconstruction.

On October 21, a campaign to remove debris from 34 sites in the Old City was launched, aiming to lift nearly 9,00 cubic meters of debris. The campaign is conducted in cooperation between the Mosul municipality and the cooperative union in Ninewa, with the participation of 15 associations. The one-day campaign employed nearly 80 different earth-moving vehicles.

On October 23, Ninewa’s health and municipalities directorates began work on clearing debris and rebuilding the General Hospital in west Mosul, the largest hospital in the city that ISIS had blown up during military operations. The 15-month work period will cover the six floors of the hospital as well as the construction of the radiology department, blood bank, and surgery and cancer wards.

On October 23, a health clinic was opened in the village of Kolija, in Bashiqa subdistrict. The center, which is the first of its kind in the village, will have a nursing staff of both sexes and a pharmacist, and will provide services six days a week from Saturday to Thursday.

On October 24, social media sources reported that the Mosul dairy factory resumed operations following the activation of an initial production line that has an estimated production capacity of 144 tons per year of cream and milk. The plant is expected to reach a production capacity of 10,000 tons per annum after expansion through a future investment contract.


Politics and Administration

Mosul expresses solidarity with al-Saadi; Hakim calls for compensating Sinjar; Two deputy governors returned to office; Ninewa council rejects parliament motion to dissolve provincial councils

On September 29, demonstrations took place in the Taher Zainawa area of Mosul in solidarity with General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, who was removed from his post as commander of the counterterrorism forces by Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. Demonstrations demanded the cancellation of the decision to transfer al-Saadi, who was one of the most prominent leaders of the battle to liberate the city from ISIS, and the demonstrations tried to prevent security forces from removing a statue of al-Saadi waiting to be unveiled at a public square.

On September 29, the head of the National Wisdom Movement, Ammar Al-Hakim, called for insulating the Yazidi community from political rivalries, compensating the people of Sinjar for the damage done to them, and giving them government representation commensurate with their demographic weight. Hakim’s remarks came during a meeting at his Baghdad office with a delegation representing the district, which included a number of sheikhs, notables and clerics from the Yazidi community.

On October 2, the Supreme Administrative Court of Iraq issued a decision rejecting an appeal filed by former Ninewa Governor, Nawfal Al-Akoub, to dismiss him from office. The court, however, reinstated his deputies Abdul-Qadir Abdullah Sinjari and Hassan Dannoun Allaf to their positions as deputy governors. The Iraqi parliament had sacked al-Akoub and his two deputies and referred them to the courts over charges of corruption and mismanagement. The new court decision could open up a political and administrative problem as there are now four deputy governors of Ninewa.

On October 2, a local source said that Peshmerga forces prevented Aswan al-Chaldani, a member of parliament representing the Babylonian bloc, from entering the town of Alqosh, located in the Ninewa Plain northeast of Mosul, where the MP’s family lives.

On October 7, the directorate of civil status, passports and residence announced the closure of its office in east Mosul, explaining that the closure aims to make room for the necessary preparations for the transition from paperwork to electronic work and to commence issuing the National Card through the office.

On October 8, the Iraqi parliament voted to make legal amendments to freeze the work of the provincial councils. For their part, the councils held a meeting in Baghdad and rejected the parliament’s decision. The chairmen of the councils warned that freezing the work of the councils would create a “gap in the efforts to provide of services,” according to sources attending the meeting. On October 10, Ninewa’s provincial council said it rejected the parliament’s decision to dissolve the provincial, district and subdistrict councils.

On 9 October, the director general of the legal department at the Ministry of Migration and Displacement said that the Ministry has provided facilitations to Sinjar IDPs by exempting them from the requirement of providing letters of support from the district managers upon their return to their areas of origin and introducing simplified procedures for registering to receive aid. He mentioned, for example, that the Ministry’s representative at the directorate of citizenship Aaffairs, assisted migrants upon their return from abroad by granting 39 Iraqi citizenship certificates.

On October 9, Yazidi activist and Goodwill Ambassador, Nadia Murad, called on the parties to the conflict in northern Syria to seek a peaceful political solution instead of war to spare the region, which has seen thousands of innocent lives lost in recent years. “In light of recent movement of forces in northern Syria and the imminent prospect of another conflict, I strongly urge all parties to work together towards a peaceful political solution – not war,” Murad said in a tweet. “More violence will result in loss of life, displacement and greater instability in an area already suffering from a continuing humanitarian catastrophe,” she said, adding that further fighting could prevent “the legal accountability of thousands of ISIS criminals in detention.”

On October 10, the Ninewa traffic directorate called its employees who had been dismissed after 2003 to report to the administration department in order to initiate the paperwork for their reinstatement.

On October 16, the directorate of education in Ninewa announced that the Ministry of Education had opened 7,022 positions for appointment to the directorate. The opportunities will be divided between the competencies of teacher, engineer, legal specialist, accountant, skilled laborer and  service worker. The Directorate said that it will begin receiving applications through electronic forms for 20 days. The Ministry of Education seeks to include Christians, Yazidis and Shabaki communities in these opportunities, which will help fill vacancies in Ninewa schools in general, including districts and subdistricts.

On October 23, a delegation from the Beit Nahrain Democratic Party visited the headquarters of the Assyrian Democratic Movement in Erbil for a meeting between the presidents of the two parties, who were represented by Romeo Hakkari and Yonadim Kanna, respectively. The two parties discussed the political situation, especially with regard to the position and rights of the Assyrian community in Iraq and the Kurdistan region. The two parties agreed to find ways to enhance cooperation among all political actors representing the Assyrian community.

On October 24, the Education directorate of Ninewa announced that the Council of Ministers issued instructions to convert all lecturers in Ninewa educational institutions into employees under ministerial contracts.


Officially launched in June 2019, Ninewa-ISHM utilizes information collected from community-based monitors; Iraq-based Arabic, Kurdish, and English news sources; data from aid agencies; and social media posts, verified and fact-checked by EPIC’s research team.


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