Inside Mosul: March 18, 2017

Detailed updates from Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.
Inside Mosul: March 18, 2017
A patchwork of rudimentary oil refineries - set up under IS and now abandoned - in the Khafsah area south of Mosul, Feb. 23, 2017. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Iraqi forces declare liberation of al-Arbiaa, and make advances in Bab al-Saray, Masbah, and other areas
  • IS militants build new defensive fortifications in remaining areas of control
  • With cloudy weather inhibiting air surveillance, IS militants launch VBIED attacks
  • Hashid forces prevent civilians from returning to recently liberated Badush sub-district

Editor's Note: Iraq Oil Report gathers daily updates on security and humanitarian developments inside Mosul city and surrounding IS-held areas in Ninewa province from a network of local reporters, residents, resistance fighters, and IS militants. Because of the physical risks associated with information-gathering in these areas, these reports are not comprehensive, and many cannot be immediately confirmed via multiple, reliable sources. Nonetheless, we believe there is a significant public interest in publishing this reporting.

The Custom Research Service of Iraq Oil Report also collects hard data on violence in IS-held territory, compiles maps and analysis of trends, and tracks economic indicators including commodity prices. For more information, email Custom Research Service Director Jared Levy at CRS@iraqoilreport.com.

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