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Summary: This reporting period recorded four incidents in which civilians were killed in the explosions of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in various parts of Ninewa. There were also two incidents in which militants shot and killed two civilians, and Iraqi security forces (ISF) also found the body of an unidentified civilian who died in unknown circumstances. Meanwhile, the ISF conducted at least seven operations that led to the arrest of about 20 individuals suspected of terrorism and two other operations in which the ISF uncovered weapons caches. The week also included a temporary closure of roads linking Mosul with Erbil and the Ninewa Plains region as a precaution against possible militant attacks against pilgrims participating in the Arbaeen ceremonies.

Note: locations are approximate

Security Incidents

On October 11, our community monitors reported that a force belonging to the integrity commission and SWAT teams arrested a suspect using the identity of a brigadier general in the counterterrorism service in extortion targeting officers and civilian departments. The suspect was arrested in the Faysaliyah area of east Mosul after exchanging fire with the security force.

On October 11, the Ninewa police said that unknown militants shot and killed a civilian in the Kisik subdistrict north of Mosul.

On October 11, ISF found the body of an unidentified civilian in the village of Owainat in the Sinjar district west of Mosul.

On October 12, an IED exploded in the village of Tulul Mehar in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul. The explosion killed two civilians.

On October 13, the Interior Ministry said its forces arrested a suspected ISIS fighter who was a member of “Diwan al-Jund” during the ISIS occupation of Mosul. He was arrested in the Zahraa neighborhood in east Mosul.

On October 13, the military intelligence department said it infiltrated and dismantled a terrorist cell comprising five members in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 14, Ninewa police said that unknown militants shot and killed a civilian in the Shahwan neighborhood in Mosul’s old city.

On October 15, the military intelligence department said the ISF arrested two suspected terrorists who had appeared in ISIS media publications and had arrest warrants against them. The suspects were arrested in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 15, one civilian was killed when in IED, believed to be left behind by ISIS, exploded near the medicine production factory northeast of Mosul

On October 16, intelligence units with the 14th division of the Iraqi army uncovered a weapons cache in the Sirnaj al-Kabeer neighborhood in east Mosul. The cache contained 60mm mortar rounds and a number of IEDs left behind by ISIS. The munitions were detonated under control without damage.

On October 16, the ISF arrested five suspected members of ISIS in the Gogajli area in east Mosul and took them to the Ninewa Operations Command HQ for questioning.

On October 17, a civilian was killed when an IED exploded hitting his vehicle in the Shoura subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 17, the Security Media Cell said that the ISF arrested four suspected terrorists and uncovered a weapons cache left behind by ISIS during a security operation in the Zanko area.

On October 17, the ISF closed the main road between Mosul and Erbil and the roads leading to the Ninewa Plains areas to protect civilians participating in the Arbaeen ceremonies. The closure began at 6pm on Thursday and will last until 6pm on Saturday. The ISF also intensified their presence to prevent terrorist attacks against pilgrims.

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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