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Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included seven operations by Iraqi security forces (ISF) in which ISF arrested more than 30 suspected members of ISIS in various parts of Ninewa. ISF also conducted four operations in which they seized and disposed of large quantities of explosives and weapons. In addition, military engineers removed more than 300 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the area around Bashiqa. On the hand, there was one militant attack with an IED that wounded two members of the tribal mobilization forces in Hatra, and unknown militants also killed a civilian whose body was found in Baaj.

Note: locations are approximate

Security Incidents

On September 14, a military intelligence unit with the Iraqi Army’s 16th division arrested two wanted individuals on terrorism charges at the checkpoint leading into Qayyara south of Mosul.

On September 14, a military intelligence unit with the Iraqi Army’s 16th division found a hideout used by militants in the Khirbat al-Tayr area south of Mosul. The hideout contained mortar rounds and other explosives. ISF personnel disposed of the material by controlled detonation.

On September 15, a military intelligence unit and tribal mobilization fighters discovered two weapons caches that contained large quantities of mortar and RPG rounds in the Farouq and Albu Saif neighborhoods in west Mosul. The ISF personnel safely disposed of the explosives.

On September 15, ISF discovered a weapons cache containing explosives and rockets left by ISIS in the central part of old Mosul. Ninewa police said the cache contained 80 anti-aircraft missiles and large quantities of other explosives, all of which were moved out for disposal elsewhere.

On September 16, medical staff at the al-Salam hospital in east Mosul discovered unexploded remnants of war, including rockets, mortar rounds and small arms and ammunition inside one of the hospital’s halls. ISF arrived to cordon off the site and opened an investigation to confirm the source of the weapons.

On September 16, Ninewa emergency police arrested two members of ISIS in the Bijwaniya village south of Mosul. One of the suspects worked at the Qayyara checkpoint while the other was a fighter during the ISIS occupation of Ninewa.

On September 16, ISF arrested three individuals suspected of being members of the so called “Diwan al-Jund” in the Rajm Hadid neighborhood in west Mosul.

On September 16, the commander of Ninewa Operations said that ISF arrested five suspects in the Hirmat neighborhood in west Mosul, four of whom were believed to be ISIS members while the fifth was wanted in a forgery case.

On September 17, the Ninewa Operations Command said that its forces arrested 14 individuals suspected of being ISIS members inside the Baaj district west of Mosul. ISF confiscated silenced weapons that were found with the detainees, whom were then taken for interrogation.

On September 17, a source in the popular mobilization forces (PMF) said that PMF explosives disposal units dismantled more than 300 IEDs over a two-day period in the village of Barima, near Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul.

On September 18, an IED exploded near a passing civilian vehicle that was carrying members of the tribal mobilization forces in Hatra, south of Mosul. The explosion wounded two of the fighters.

On September 19, police found the dead body of a civilian with marks of gunshot wounds in an abandoned building in Baaj, west of Mosul.

On September 20, a source in Ninewa police said that ISF arrested three members of ISIS, based on intelligence information, in a house in Tal-Afar, west of Mosul.

On September 20, a source in Ninewa police said that ISF arrested two women suspected of being ISIS members in a house in Mosul’s old city. The detainees were taken by police for interrogation.


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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