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NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: NOVEMBER 22 – NOVEMBER 29, 2019

 

Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included three operations by the Iraqi security forces (ISF) that resulted in the arrests of twelve suspected terrorists and uncovered weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) inside Mosul city and in the Atshana mountain region to the west. There was also an ISF operation backed by International Coalition airstrikes in which a militant was killed and tunnels used by militants were destroyed south of Mosul. On the other hand, there were two attacks with IEDs against civilians and the ISF south and southeast of Mosul, along with a failed assassination attempt targeting a government official. The ISF also discovered the bodies of two civilians showing signs of torture west of Mosul. Other security incidents included two reports of missing persons in the subdistrict of Bartella east of Mosul, partial closure of roads between the center of Hamadaniya district and outlying villages, and reports about the ISF intervening to prevent students at Mosul University from organizing demonstrations to express solidarity with protesters in southern and central provinces.

Note: locations are approximate

 

Security Incidents

On November 22, military intelligence forces uncovered a number of suicide vests and other weapons and explosives in the Atshana mountain region west of Mosul. The operation uncovered 5 suicide vests, 23 sticky IEDs and 13 regular IEDs, small arms and associated munitions, along with devices used in detonating IEDs.

On November 22, an IED exploded against a vehicle carrying civilians in the Hamam al-Alil subdistrict south of Mosul. Two civilians were severely injured in the explosion.

On November 24, one of our community based monitors (CBMs) reported that the ISF in large numbers entered the Mosul University campus with their vehicles and weapons after students from several departments organized a sit-in and strike to express solidarity with fellow student in southern and central provinces. The CBM added that some students heard the ISF member threaten students who participate in protests inside or outside campus with arrests and dismissal from college.

On November 24, one of our CBMs reported that a 30 year old person from the subdistrict of Bartella went missing on November 19. The person was reportedly on the way to the Kurdistan region for work. The CBM said the missing person’s family tried to contact him on his phone but could not reach him. No word has been received from the missing person since then.

On November 24, the director for the water department in west Mosul, engineer Ahmed al-Obeidi, survived a failed assassination attempt by unknown militants in the forests area in east Mosul.

On November 25, the ISF arrested nine members of ISIS in several neighborhoods of east Mosul. One of the suspects was a security agent for ISIS, two worked in the “Hisba” organization while the rest were fighters during the ISIS occupation of the city.

On November 25, local police forces discovered the bodies of two civilians in the Hleila village west of Mosul. The bodies showed signs of torture.  The mukhtar of the same village was assassinated a week earlier.

On November 26, the Interior Ministry said that the Ninewa police SWAT teams arrested three ISIS members in the Mosul Jedida and Aamil neighborhoods in west Mosul. One of the suspects was worked in the “Hisba” organization while the other two were fighters during the ISIS occupation of the city.

On November 27, an IED exploded against a passing ISF patrol in the Qara Sor area in the Makhmour district southeast of Mosul. The explosion killed one soldier and injured another.

On November 28, one of our CBMs reported that a child from the subdistrict of Bartella east of Mosul went missing on November 26. The missing child was visiting relatives in a nearby village and his family lost contact with him after he left the relatives’ home.

On November 28, one of our CBMs reported that the Peshmerga forces blocked the roads to commercial traffic between a number of villages inhabited by the kakaie minority (Wardak, Kazkan, Majidiya and Tel al-Liban) and the center of Hamdaniya district. The CBM said that the road remained open to students and school teachers. The partial closure caused discontent among the locals due to the road’s economic importance.

On November 28, the Ninewa operations command said its forces foiled an attempt by prisoners to escape from the investigations directorate prison in the Faisaliya neighborhood in east Mosul Wednesday night. There were reports of gunfire in Mosul city that reportedly took place inside the aforementioned prison while prisoners made their attempted escape. The Ninewa operations commander, Noman al-Zobaie, affirmed that no prisoners had escaped and that the ISF was in control of the situation.

On November 29, the Ninewa operations command said its troops killed an ISIS suicide bomber and destoyed tunnels used by ISIS militants south of Mosul. The ISF operation was backed by airstrikes by the International Coalition against the tunnels that were located near the Tel Teeba village in the Shora subdistrict soouth 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 .

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