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Inside Mosul: Nov. 1, 2016

A daily brief on activity inside Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, from Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.
An Iraqi Special Forces soldier racing to his colleague under fire on the rooftop of a CTS staging area in Bazwaya, 7 kilometers west of Mosul, Nov. 1, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Iraqi forces entered Mosul city limits from the east and southeast
  • IS militants established defensive lines on the Left Bank using concrete walls
  • IS militants conducted mass arrests in neighborhoods that Iraqi forces were approaching
  • Kataib al-Mosul continued killing IS members, including a senior official
  • Iraqi forces approaching Mosul on the northern and southern fronts continued to clear villages

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, as it gives readers a view of the battle for Mosul from the opposite side of the front lines.

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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