Inside Mosul: May 23, 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: May 23, 2017
Bitumen residue on the ground by a "haraqat" refinery unit in the Khafsah area south of Mosul on Feb. 13, 2017, two days after the area was liberated from Islamic State by the 9th Armored Division. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Iraqi forces battle IS militants in Shefa’a and Hawi Kanisa neighborhoods
  • CTS and RRD forces try to evacuate civilians amidst intense fighting near Hadba Minaret in Old Mosul
  • Seven IS leaders executed after being caught fleeing the battlefield
  • Hashid forces declare liberation of Qayrawan and nearby villages west of Mosul

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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