Inside Mosul: March 29, 2017

Detailed updates from Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.
Forces from Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service mass south of Mosul ahead of an offensive on Tal al-Rayan, Feb. 23, 2017. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Iraqi forces destroy 20 motorcycles carrying explosives in morning battles
  • Federal police and RRD kill IS “health minister” in Old City
  • Alleged Kataib al-Mosul gunmen kill four IS at checkpoint in al-Islah al-Zirahi
  • Norwegian, Belgian and Egyptian nationals killed in airstrike on senior IS gathering

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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