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Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included two kidnapping incidents targeting two civilians, one of whom was freed while the other was found murdered days after being kidnapped. There were also two small arms attacks in which three people were killed, two in the Sinjar area and one in Mosul city. Two other civilians were killed and one was severely injured when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that are thought to be unexploded remnants of ISIS activity, exploded in the al-Kisk area west of Mosul and al-Intisar neighborhood in the city’s east. Meanwhile, the International Coalition directed two airstrikes against ISIS hideouts in Baaj south of Mosul. Iraqi security forces (ISF) dismantled IEDs inside Mosul city and uncovered explosives and rockets in al-Hadhar district during a search operation that was in response to an earlier attack by ISIS militants that did not result in casualties.


Note: locations are approximate

Security Incidents

On November 30, unknown militants opened fire at two people, one of whom a member of the popular mobilization forces (PMF) while they were driving a private vehicle in Sinjar west of Mosul. Both individuals were killed in the attack.

On November 30, the Ninewa police said that International Coalition aircraft conducted two airstrikes against hideouts and stores belonging to ISIS in an uninhabited area near the Ilawi Zeidan village south of al-Baaj west of Mosul.

On November 30, one of our community based monitors (CBMs) reported that unknown militants kidnapped a young man from the village of Hawi Aslan near Nimrud south of Mosul. The abduction took place around 4am at Khan al-Jemasa between the villages of Hmeira and Hawi Aslan. The reasons for the abduction were unknow. The victim, a shepherded named Hamid Ibrahim Shehatha, was found murdered (slaughtered) four days later near a quarry in al-Rashidiya region north of Mosul.

On December 2, Ninewa police and intelligence units defused several IEDs in Hay al-Tayaran neighborhood in west Mosul. The IEDs consisted of mortar rounds wired for detonation and are thought be remnants from the ISIS occupation of the city.

On December 3, the PMF said its units in brigade 44 repelled an attack by ISIS militants on al-Hadhar district south of Mosul without any losses. The following day, the PMF force conducted a search operation south of Mosul during which they destroyed a number of ISIS hideouts and uncovered rockets, explosives and other munitions.

On December 3, one of our CBMs reported that a farmer was killed when an IED, thought to be remnant from the ISIS occupation, exploded near his tractor while he was trying to till his land. The incident took place near al-Kisk on the Tal Afar road west of Mosul.

On December 5, the Interior Ministry said that Ninewa police managed to free the owner of a currency exchange business and arrested one of his captors. The freed person had been kidnapped for ransom the night before near the third bridge in east Mosul.

On December 5, the explosion of an IED, thought to be remnant from the ISIS occupation killed one civilian and severely wounded his brother while they were attempting to dig a well in al-Intisar neighborhood in east Mosul.

On December 5, unknown militants opened fire from small arms at a service employee at the Ninewa education department in east Mosul, killing him instantly.

On December 6, one of our CBMs reported that the director of intelligence for the Qayyara subdistrict south of Mosul arrested a wanted ISIS militant at Erbil airport after receiving an arrest warrant based on article 4/terrorism in this regard. The CBM added that the wanted ISIS member, named, Faris al-Ubeid, was quickly set free amid suspicions of corruption and bribery being involved.

Officially launched in June 2019, Ninewa-ISHM and Security Bulletins utilize 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. This weekly bulletin is part of Safe Return, a project to support the safe and voluntary return of IDPs who have survived severe human rights abuses to their homes in Ninewa. Safe Return is made possible with the generous support of the American people through USAID in partnership with Heartland Alliance International .

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