Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included three attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that killed one person and injured four, and three attacks with small arms fire that killed five victims. This week there were also clashes between Iraqi security forces (ISF) and ISIS militants in al-Hadhar to the south and Rabia to the northwest in which at least twenty militants were killed. The ISF also launched sweeping operations backed by Iraqi and Coalition aviation in Badush, Baaj and al-Hadhar, which resulted in killing three suicide bombers and destroying a large number of tunnels used by ISIS as well as IEDs and equipment used by the militants. The ISF also conducted a number of arrests against at least 40 suspects accused of terrorism and abductions, mostly in Mosul and the Shora shubdistrict to the south.
Note: locations are approximate
On December 28, militants opened fire on two civilians in the Baaj district southwest of Mosul, killing both of them.
On December 28, the ISF arrested two suspected terrorists in the Risala neighborhood in west Mosul. One of the suspects was aid to have collected money for ISIS in Mosul.
On December 28, sources in the popular mobilization forces (PMF) said that ISIS militants attacked brigade 44 positions in Baaj south of Mosul. Later, the unit’s commander said that his forces and Iraqi aviation killed 21 (in other sources 17) ISIS members who were part of large attack on the PMF in the warehouses area north of Baaj.
On December 28, the Interior Ministry said that Ninewa police arrested four who were members of ISIS during its occupation of Mosul. The arrests took place in the Ikha, Arbajiya and North Garage areas of east Mosul.
On December 28, Ninewa police arrested seven suspected wanted in kidnapping crimes and freed a kidnapped victim from his captors.
On December 29, the 15th division of the Iraqi army conducted search operations in Badush and Atshana west of Mosul as part of operation “Will of Victory”. The operation resulted in destroying 13 tunnels, an IED and a 57mm canon. In al-Hadhar and Baaj to the south, the ISF and Coalition aviation destroyed a tunnel and two hideouts used by ISIS that contained a number of IEDs.
On December 29, militants opened small arms fire on a policeman in the Qayyara subdistrict south of Mosul, killing him instantly.
On December 29, Ninewa police arrested two suspects who were ISIS fighters during its occupation of Mosul. The arrests were made in the Tamim neighborhood of east Mosul.
On December 30, an IED exploded near a police patrol in the Wana subdistrict northeast of Mosul, injuring two civilians.
On December 30, police arrested 18 suspected ISIS members in al-Shora subdistrict south of Mosul. The arrests were made during search operations in light of recent ISIS operations in the area.
On December 31, the ISF arrested a suspect who made IEDs and car-bombs during the ISIS occupation of Mosul. The arrest was made in the Intisar neighborhood of east Mosul.
On December 31, the ISF killed four ISIS members who infiltrated the Rabia subdistrict northwest of Mosul. The ISF conducted search operations looking for other militants in the area.
On December 31, the ISF killed three suicide bombers near Badush while Coalition aircraft killed four other militants near Manayif in Baaj.
On January 1, bomb squads with the PMF brigade 30 removed more than 50 barrels filled with explosives and 60 other IEDs left by ISIS from farmlands in the Tais-Kharab village in Bashiqa.
On January 2, Ninewa police arrested two suspected ISIS members in the Ibtisha village in al-Hadhar south of Mosul. One of suspects, nicknamed Abu Qahtan, was in charge of terrorist operations in the Jazira region.
On January 2, the ISF arrested four ISIS members in the Imam Gharbi village near Qayyara south of Mosul. Three of the suspects were ISIS fighters during its occupation of Mosul.
On January 2, militants opened fire from small arms on a checkpoint manned by tribal mobilization fighters in the Haj Ali village near Qayyara. Two tribal fighters were killed in the attack.
On January 2, PMF forces said they destroyed a position used by ISIS militants that contained IEDs and other explosives in the Jazira region in al-Hadhar.
On January 2, an IED exploded near an Iraqi army patrol near the village of Kashaf in the Gwer subdistrict southeast of Mosul. One soldier was killed, and a soldier and an officer were wounded in the explosion.
On January 2, one of our community based monitors said that an IED exploded in the Qara Sur village in Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. No casualties were reported.
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.