UPDATE: Inside Mosul: June 21, 2017

Detailed updates from Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.
UPDATE: Inside Mosul: June 21, 2017
Members of the Iraqi Army’s 9th division observing an ongoing assault on Shifa neighborhood from their temporary base in the neighborhood of Hawi al-Kanisa on May 28, 2017. (RAWAZ TAHIR/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Al-Nouri Mosque and al-Hadbah minaret destroyed
  • Area taken by Iraqi forces
  • Dozens of IS militants surrender to Iraqi forces
  • IS militants executed 150 civilians in Bab Lakash for attempting to flee

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Iraqi military activity

Between 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., the Iraqi Army's 2nd special operations division, 16th division, and counter terrorism service (CTS) clashed with IS militants in the Hara al-Yahud, Khatoniya and Kornish areas of Old Mosul. Tens of militants lay down their arms and surrendered to Iraqi forces. During the day's fighting, 14 IS militants were killed and three VBIEDs, four machine guns, and two mortar positions were destroyed. (Source: CTS officer)

Between 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., the Federal Police's 5th division clashed with IS militants in the Sarjkhana, Ghazi Street, Nujaifi Street, and Sayagh market areas of Old Mosul. They also completed clearing militants from Shefa'a neighborhood and the Wednesday market. During the day's fighting, 30 IS militants were killed and four VBIEDs, four mortar positions, and two anti-aircraft weapons were destroyed. (Source: federal police officer and CTS officer)

At around 2:30 p.m., the Iraqi Army's 2nd special operations division, 16th division, and counter terrorism service (CTS) liberated Siha area and liberated al-Nouri Mosque and al-Hadbah minaret in Old Mosul. In the battle for the mosque, 22 IS militants were killed and two VBIEDs, three mortar positions, and two anti-aircraft weapons were destroyed. (Source: CTS officer)

At 7 p.m., the Iraqi Army 2nd special operations division and counter-terrorism service with Iraqi military aviation cover pushed toward the center of Old Mosul in battle against IS militants. As it approached 60 meters from the al-Nouri Mosque and al-Hadbah minaret, IS militants detonated explosives placed in and around the sites. Dozens of civilians held hostage at the sites were killed. (Source: CTS officers)

IS activity

At around 11:30 a.m., IS militants executed 150 civilians in Bab Lakash area for attempting to flee IS-controlled territory. (Source: 5th Division officer)

(Map created by the Institute for the Study of War)


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At around 12:00 p.m., airstrikes targeted an IS vehicle and gathering near al-Nouri Mosque in Old Mosul, killing 14 IS militants and destroying a VBIED and a weapons cache. (Source: CTS officer)

At around 3:00 p.m., airstrikes targeted and destroyed an IS VBIED as it approached federal police positions in Old Mosul. (Source: 5th Division officer)

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