Inside Mosul: Feb. 20, 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: Feb. 20, 2017
Boys walk past the ruins of a football stadium destroyed by IS militants in Qayarah town, Nov. 21, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Muslawi IS fighters rally in Tal al-Ruman neighborhood for last stand
  • IS militants dig trenches to channel invading Iraqi forces into hidden IED traps
  • Intense airstrikes hit IS positions in eight Right Bank neighborhoods
  • Hashid forces cut road between Mosul and Tal Afar
  • Iraqi forces advance on Mosul from south and southwest

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.

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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