DTM Mosul Crisis Report July 2017

17 August, 2017


The purpose of this report is to provide a chronological analysis of the population movements - displacement and return - that have taken place since the beginning of the Mosul crisis to the end of June 2017.

The offensive by the military forces of Iraq to retake Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) territories in Mosul city and large areas in Ninewa Governorate was launched in October 2016. At the time this report was drafted, in June 2017, hostilities were still ongoing. Most of east and south Ninewa and most of Mosul city had been retaken, with the exception of a few neighborhoods of the old city on the western side of the Tigris River.

On 29 June, the Iraqi forces took over Al-Nuri mosque, marking a significant step in the recapture of the old city. On 9 July, the Iraqi Prime Minister announced that all neighborhoods in west Mosul had been retaken and were under ISF’s control. Even though some minor clashes were still ongoing, the Government of Iraq considered the city of Mosul fully liberated as of July 2017.

At the same time, Ninewa Governorate, some areas in Telafar district (west of Mosul) and some in Al Ba’aj and Hatra districts (south and south-west of Ninewa), were still under ISIL’s control. Outside Ninewa, Hawija district in Kirkuk Governorate, east Al Shirqat district in Salah al-Din Governorate and some central- west regions bordering Syria –particularly west Anbar and some areas of west Salah al-Din Governorate – were also still under ISIL control.

The analysis in this report is based on data collection exercises conducted by IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) through its Emergency Tracking methodology (ET), from October 2016 to the end of June 2017. The events that took place between 29 June and 9 July did not significantly affect the general displacement and return trends outlined in this report. The analysis refers to data collected up to 29 June, to allow enough time for validation.1 However, the data collection exercise is ongoing and the most updated figures are available on DTM Iraq’s dedicated portal.2

The ET was first developed in 2015 to monitor the displacement and return movements in Anbar Governorate, and then started to be widely distributed as it covered ISIL’s occupation of Ramadi in May 2015. The tool has since then evolved and been refined to respond more effectively to the ever-changing conflict context and related humanitarian needs.

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