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Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included six operations by the Iraqi security forces (ISF) in which the ISF arrested at least eighteen suspected terrorists in different regions of Ninewa, and one operation that resulted in confiscation an explosive belt. On the other hand, unknown militants conducted two attacks this week in which two civilians were killed, one of whom was a village Mukhtar in the al-Hadhar district.

Note: locations are approximate

Security Incidents

On October 18, the ISF arrested two suspected terrorists in the Rashidiya neighborhood in east Mosul.

On October 18, the ISF uncovered an explosive belt that was left behind by ISIS militants inside a house in the Nahrawan neighborhood in west Mosul.

On October 18, the Interior Ministry said that Ninewa police working with security authorities in Dohuk arrested three individuals who had murdered a pharmacology student inside her home in east Mosul a few days earlier. Two of the suspects were arrested in the Qawsiyat neighborhood in west Mosul while the third was arrested in Dohuk.

On October 19, the ISF reopened the main road between Mosul and Erbil, which had been closed to traffic on October 17 as a security precaution during the Arbaeen pilgrimage.

On October 20, a unit from the 16th division in the Iraqi Army arrested two wanted terrorists in the Hamm al-Alil subdistrict south of Mosul.

On October 20, the ISF arrested three individuals suspected of being ISIS members, based on intelligence tips in the Qayyara subdistrict south of Mosul. The suspects were taken to the Ninewa operations HQ for interrogation.

On October 21, one of our community based monitors said he saw a long American military convoy pass through the intersection near the town of Alqush heading from Dohuk to Erbil. After inquiring about the movement, the convoy turned out to be of U.S. forces withdrawn from Syria. The passage of the convoy was accompanied by helicopters hovering over the area. Other news reports said the convoy included 19 vehicles.

On October 21, Ninewa governor Mansour al-Mureid said in a statement that no ISIS elements have entered the province. Mureid said reports about large numbers of ISIS members entering the province were inaccurate. Iraqi officials had previously warned that large numbers of ISIS members currently detained by Syrian Democratic Forces could infiltrate into Iraq if they escape due to the recent Turkish military operations in northeast Syria.

On October 22, the military intelligence agency said that its forces arrested two ISIS members in the Tel al-Rumman neighborhood in west Mosul. One of the detainees worked in “Diwan al-Jund” while the other worked in “al-Hisba” during the ISIS occupation of Ninewa.

On October 23, the popular mobilization forces (PMF) said that its units arrested an individual escribed as the governor of “Wilay al- Jazira” in ISIS based on a security tis indicating his presence in an area west of Mosul. The PMF took the suspect to their operations HQ for interrogation.

On October 23, security sources in Nienwa said that ISIS militants infiltrated the village of Mureiqa in al-Hadhar district south of Mosul and broke into the village Mukhtar’s home and killed him.

On October 24, the Interior Ministry said that a joint force of the Ninewa police, intelligence and counter terrorism departments arrested five ISIS members. The ministry said the suspects were arrested in the Arbajiya and Zahra neighborhoods in east Mosul based on legal warrants. The suspects worked in the ISIS “Diwan al-Jund” during its occupation of Mosul.

On October 24, unknown militants killed one civilian after attacking him at the grocery store where he works. The attack took place in the Rifaie neighborhood in northwest 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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