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Summary: Security incidents for this reporting period included four operations by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) during which ISF killed one militant, defused three car bombs and arrested two suspected terrorists in various parts of Ninewa province. There was also one airstrike by the International Coalition that killed eight militants south of Mosul. On the other hand, a mortar attack and three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) killed two civilians, one ISF member and injured several other Iraqis. This week, the issue of the presence of popular mobilization forces (PMF) brigade 30 at checkpoints resurfaced again. With reports of a clash-that did not result in casualties-between the brigade’s fighters and the security detail of two members of the local government at a checkpoint on the eastern entryway to Mosul.

Note: locations are approximate

Security Incidents

On September 7, an explosion inside a booby trapped house in the Qahtaniya sub-district killed one Iraqi officer and injured a soldier while they were attempting to defuse explosives in the structure.

On September 7, a mortar shell struck a house in the Andalus neighborhood near the presidential palaces in northeast Mosul. The attack injured three members of the family that lives in the house.

On September 8, a force from the Iraqi Army’s 20th division killed a militant inside a hideout in the Malha region of the Jazira southwest of Mosul. A motorcycle and other equipment were also found at the position.

On September 8, International Coalition forces conducted an airstrike that targeted militant positions on the Hawi Aslan island in the Tigris river near the Hamam al-Alil sub-district south of Mosul. The airstrike killed eight militants.

On September 8, ISF arrested a member of ISIS who is believed to have worked for the ISIS “Diwan al-Jund” during ISIS occupation of Mosul.

On September 8, ISF acting on intelligence information found and disposed of three car bombs and other explosives belonging to ISIS militants in the Jazira region southwest of Baaj district.

On September 9, an IED exploded while a group of farmers were passing by in the village of Salahiya near the Hamam al-Alil sub-district. The explosion killed one civilian and injured six others.

On September 11, an intelligence squad with the Iraqi Army’s 15th division arrested a suspected terrorist while attempting to enter Tal-Afar from the eastern side coming from Kirkuk.

On September 12, a statement from the office of the Ninewa deputy governor Serwan Rozbayani said that a force belonging to brigade 30 of the PMF intercepted his motorcade at the Kokajli checkpoint between Erbil and Mosul and assaulted members of his security detail. A statement by the Ninewa provincial council condemned the incident, accusing brigade 30 of abusing its location to impose illegal taxes on traffic through the highway. The statement added that the actions of brigade 30 “have caused Ninewa’s displaced persons to lose confidence in the ability to return to their district because of fear of aggression” by the force. On the other hand, a spokesman for the brigade blamed the security detail of MP Sherwan Dobardiyani, who was traveling with Rozbayani, claiming that checkpoint personnel arrested four members of the security detail after the latter opened fire on the checkpoint.

On September 13, an IED explosion killed one civilian who was selling produce out of a vehicle, and injured another civilian. The explosion took place in the village of Zalhafa in the Shora sub-district south 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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