Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included a multi-rocket attack that targeted the Qayyara military base south of Mosul that did not cause casualties among Iraqi security forces (ISF). There were also two militant attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Makhmour and Tal Afar in which five civilians were injured. On the other hand, the ISF conducted seven operations that resulted in the arrest of at least 45 suspects, most of whom on charges of being ISIS members or were suspected of involvement in the rocket attack at Qayyara. The ISF and counterterrorism service also conducted three operations backed by airstrikes that resulted in the killing of at least 15 militants and destruction of tunnels, vehicles and equipment used by the militants in Makhmour, Badush and Qayyara.
Note: locations are approximate
On November 8, unknown militants launched multiple rockets at the Qayyara air base south of Mosul. The commander of Ninewa operations said the ISF responded immediately to the incident, killing three militants, destroying a one of their vehicles and seizing another that was carrying a rocket launcher near the base. A later statement said the number of rockets fired at the base was 17. No casualties were reported among the troops stationed at the base.
On November 9, an IED exploded in the Tal Afar district west of Mosul near a passing Iraqi army patrol. The explosion severely injured two civilians.
On November 9, the Ninewa police said the ISF arrested 21 individuals in the Qayyara subdistrict south of Mosul, suspected of being ISIS members. A police source said the suspects were suspected of involvement in the rocket attack at Qayyara. The suspects were taken to the Ninewa police HQ for questioning.
On November 9, an IED exploded in the village of Qaraj in the Makhmour district southeast of Mosul. Three civilians were injured in the explosion.
On November 10, the ISF arrested ten individuals suspected of being ISIS members. A source in the Interior Ministry said the arrests were made in the neighborhoods of Nahda, Cairo and Zahraa in east Mosul. The source added that two of the suspects were ISIS security agents, another was involved in the ISIS Sharia organization while the rest were ISIS fighters during the ISIS occupation of Mosul.
On November 11, Iraq’s counterterrorism service conducted an air assault operation southeast of Mosul that led to the killing of 14 ISIS militants. A statement by the service said the operation, which was backed by airstrikes, took place in the Makhmour mountains area southeast of Mosul.
On November 12, the Ninewa operations commander said that the ISF attacked and killed two ISIS members in a tunnel in the Badush mountains northwest of Mosul. The ISF also destroyed IEDs and other supplies belonging to the militants that were also found inside the tunnel.
On November 12, the Interior Ministry said the ISF arrested five individuals suspected of being ISIS members in the neighborhoods of Khazraj and Bab al-Beidh in west Mosul. The Ministry said one of the suspects worked in the ISIS “Hisba” organization while the others were fighters during the ISIS occupation of Mosul.
On November 13, the ISF arrested two individuals who were described as senior ISIS members in the Hawi al-Kanisa neighborhood in east Mosul. One of the suspects was involved in the ISIS Sharia organization while the other was involved in making car bombs in the Intisar neighborhood. The ISF said the suspects were wanted based on article 4 (terrorism).
On November 14, the ISF arrested four individuals suspected of being ISIS members in the Shuhada and Mamoun neighborhoods in west Mosul. The Interior Ministry said the arrests were based on court issued warrants.
On November 14, military intelligence units arrested a wanted individual in the Jedaa camp for displaced persons south of Mosul. A security source said the suspect is wanted in connection with several murders and had entered the Jedaa camp pretending to be a displaced person.
On November 14, military intelligence units operating with the 14th division of the Iraqi army arrested two suspected terrorists and a third person accused of kidnappings in the Zumar subdistrict northwest of Mosul.
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