Inside Mosul: March 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: March 20, 2017
A mortar round launched by the Islamic State militant group lands by Peshmerga forces on the Bashiqa front, 20 kilometers north of Mosul, Oct. 20, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Iraqi forces close in on al-Nuri Mosque
  • IS militants launch rockets on liberated areas, killing at least 11 civilians
  • Airstrikes in Bab al-Toub and Bab al-Sinjar kill more than 20 IS fighters
  • IS militants catch teenager with cell phone, throw him off a building

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

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