Inside Mosul: Dec. 29, 2016

Detailed updates from Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.
Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces in the Gogjali suburb on the edge of Mosul, Nov. 30, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Launching “second phase” of Mosul operation, Iraqi forces open new offensives in several Left Bank neighborhoods
  • CTS forces control strategically important al-Qudus neighborhood
  • Several airstrikes hit IS targets in support of ground operations
  • Hundreds of displaced civilians flood eastward

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 confirmed via multiple, reliable sources. Nonetheless, we believe there is a significant public interest in publishing this reporting, as it gives readers a view of the battle for Mosul from the opposite side of the front lines.

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

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