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Summary: The suspension of internet service in Iraq earlier this week, which was part of government measures to deal with mass protests in Iraq’s center and south, restricted the flow of news in Iraq and impacted the number of incidents recorded during this reporting period. The few incidents recorded in this report include three operations by Iraqi security forces in which they captured seven suspected terrorists and uncovered quantities of explosives and munitions. There was also one murder incident recorded in Mosul city. In another incident that’s related to the week’s protests, security forces in the town of Alqush blocked a planned public prayer intended to show solidarity with protesters in other provinces.

Note: locations are approximate

Security Incidents

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.

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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