Over 1,900 Iraqi security officers killed by ISIS as fight for Mosul rages

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Erbil – At least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces have been killed since the launch of the anti-ISIS Mosul operation on 17 October, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

“The number of civilians killed in November was 926, and the number of civilians injured was 930. Fifty-two foreign civilians were killed and 31 injured in November,” UNAMI said.

“A total of 1,959 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, including police engaged in combat functions, Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army, not including Anbar Operations. Also, 450 others were injured,” the UN organization said.

According to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, the casualty figures are staggering in northern Iraq, with civilians accounting for a significant number of the victims.

“In its desperate attempt to cling on to territory it controls in Mosul and Nineveh areas, Daesh [ISIS] has been employing the most vicious tactics, using civilian homes as firing positions as well as abducting and forcibly moving civilians, effectively using them as human shields” Kubiš said.

ISIS Capital Under Fire

Mosul is considered a de facto capital for ISIS in Iraq. The group took over the city in June 2014, and immediately afterwards ISIS announced its self-proclaimed Caliphate.

On October 17th, 2016, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a major battle for Mosul to liberate the city and its surroundings from ISIS.

Backed by an air cover from the US-led coalition, the Iraqi forces have recently took control of major towns in Mosul countryside beside recapturing several neighbourhoods in the city–which is deemed the main ISIS bastion in Iraq.

The Iraqi Army General Command announced in November that more than 2,000 Islamic State jihadists have been killed since the start of the battle for Mosul.

Human Shields

The United Nations reported that ISIS extremists have been using civilians as human shields in the fight for Mosul.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned that it continues to receive reports of “serious breaches” of international human rights and humanitarian law by ISIS in and around the war-torn city.

According to the OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, ISIS has been installing rocket launchers and placing snipers on the rooftops of civilian homes, while also threatening to kill those who refuse to cooperate.

“These families are effectively used as human shields, placed squarely in harm’s way, caught between ISIS and Iraqi Security Force fire responding to rocket and sniper attacks,” she said.

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Over 1,000 Iranian combatants killed in Syria

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More than 1,000 combatants sent from Iran to fight in support of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria have been killed in the conflict, the head of Iran’s veterans’ affairs office said Tuesday.

“The number of martyrs from our country defending the shrines has now passed 1,000,” Tasnim news agency quoted Mohammad Ali Shahidi Mahalati, the head of Iran’s Foundation of Martyrs’ and Veterans’ Affairs, as saying.

Iran has sent military advisers, as well as fighters recruited from Afghanistan and Pakistan, to work with Assad’s forces. They are known in Iran as “defenders of the shrines” in reference to Shiite holy sites in Syria.

Shahidi did not specify the nationalities of those killed.

Shiite Iran is a staunch supporter of Assad and provides both financial and military support for his regime.

The Fatemiyoun Division of Afghan recruits organized by Iran comprises the majority of volunteers sent from Iran to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Iran says they are sent to fight against Sunni extremists such as ISIS.

The Islamic republic denies having any boots on the ground in Syria, and insists its commanders and generals of the elite Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations wing act as “military advisers” both there and in Iraq.

Iranian media regularly report on the death of Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani “martyrs” in Syria, whose bodies are buried in Iran.

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Over 1,000 Iraqis killed in recent surge of violence

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ERBIL – A total of 1,003 Iraqis were killed and another 1,159 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, in the month of September, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said.

“The number of civilians killed in September was 609 (including 19 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 951 (including 29 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department),” the UNAMI reported.

“A total of 394 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army but excluding Anbar Operations) were killed and 208 were injured (not including casualties from Anbar),” it added.

According to UNAMI, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,127 civilian casualties (289 killed, 838 injured). Also, in Nineveh 42 were killed and 55 injured, in Salahadin 23 were killed and 10 injured, in Kirkuk 23 were killed and 09 injured, and in Babil 2 were Killed and 4 injured.

According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 254 Civilian casualties (219 killed and 35 injured). 

“It is a very sad state of affairs that the numbers of Iraqis killed and injured remains very high and unacceptable. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the violence,” Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš said.

“The Holy month of Muharram has started and I sincerely hope that the killings will stop during this month,” SRSG Kubiš added.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

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Within 9 days, over 1,000 civilians kidnapped

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AFRIN– Bab residents escaping IS mercenaries acts who reached Ahras village in Shahba areas said that IS has kidnapped more than a thousand person from Bab and Manbij.

Another group could escape Bab which is witnessing massacres by IS mercenaries said to ANHA that they kidnapped more than a thousand person from Bab and Manbij regions within 9 days.

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