Inside Mosul: Oct. 15, 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.
A fighter with PAK, an Iranian Kurdish militia assisting Peshmerga forces, keeps watch over Bashiqa, 20 kilometers northeast of Mosul, Oct. 12 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
  • IS leader gives defiant radio address
  • Friction between local and foreign fighters as many IS leaders leave city
  • Civilians complain of continued smoke pollution from IS oil fires
  • Food and fuel prices spike, basic foodstuffs become more scarce
  • Several airstrikes on IS positions south 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 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 and compiles maps and analysis of trends. For more information, email Custom Research Service Director Jared Levy at

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