Summary: This reporting period saw a relative increase in militant attacks in Ninewa province. This included three attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and two involving small arms fire, resulting in three deaths among civilians. These attacks also wounded four other civilians and two members of the Iraqi security forces (ISF). Conversely, ISF conducted ten operations that resulted in the arrests of at least 25 militants and suspects in various parts of Ninewa. There were also two operations in which ISF destroyed militant hideouts and confiscated or disposed of weapons. Finally, one ISF operation during this reporting period killed two militants.
Note: locations are approximate
On September 20, unknown militants broke into the home of the Tel Zalat village Mukhtar in the Yarmouk neighborhood west of Mosul and opened fire on the Mukhtar, killing him. On September 24, ISF said they captured the killer, saying that the murder was criminal in nature and involved robbery.
On September 21, a joint force arrested six ISIS members during search operations in the neighborhoods of 17 Tammouz, 30 Tammouz, Hermat and Hawi al-Kaneesa, by the Tigris in west Mosul. A security source said the detainees were members of “Diwan al-Jund” during the ISIS occupation of Mosul.
On September 21, ISF arrested two ISIS members who worked in the “Hisba” organization during the ISIS occupation of the city. The arrests took place in the neighborhoods of Karama and Intisar in east Mosul.
On September 22, ISF arrested a person named Abu Mujhim al-Juheishi, who’s described as a leading ISIS figure in the Qyyara region south of Mosul.
On September 22, two civilians and two members of the ISF were injured in two IED explosions that happened in quick succession in the village of Benginah in the Qaraj subdistrict near Makhmour, southeast of Mosul.
On September 22, military intelligence from the Iraqi Army’s 14th division arrested a suspected terrorist in the Qara Chogh area near Makhmour, southeast of Mosul.
N September 23, ISF arrested five suspected ISIS members (two with ISIS security and three with Diwan al-Jund) in the Uboor area west of Mosul.
On September 23, ISF destroyed a tunnel used by ISIS in the Albu Saif area in west Mosul. The tunnel contained explosive belts, mortar rounds and ISIS propaganda material.
On September 24, a joint force of Ninewa police and counter-terrorism force arrested two suspected thought to be members of the ISIS “Diwan al-Jund”. The arrests took place in the neighborhoods of Kokajli and Intisar in east Mosul.
On September 24, ISF arrested an ISIS member who was trying to infiltrate the Tal-Afar district arriving among displaced persons returning from the Hamam al-Alil camp.
On September 25, a force from the Iraqi Army’s 15th division killed two terrorists and arrested two more and confiscated a boat they were using in the Hawi Aslan island near Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul.
On September 25, a force from the Iraqi Army’s 14th division found and destroyed four tunnels used by ISIS for hiding and IED storage in the Makmour district southeast of Mosul
On September 25, ISF found the bodies of two fishermen that showed signs of gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The bodies were found on the Tigris near Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul.
On September 26, military intelligence arrested three suspected terrorists in an ambush in Makmour while they were trying to enter Mosul coming from Erbil.
On September 27, an IED exploded near the Salahiya village in Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul, injuring two civilians.
On September 27, a force from the international coalition to fight ISIS captured a suspect who was described as a leading ISIS figure in the Hamam al-Alil area 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.