Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mosul Campaign Day 86, Jan 10, 2017


The Iraqi Forces (ISF) continued their march through eastern Mosul. Dhubbat in the south, Sukar in the north, and Masjid al-Saegh were all freed during the day. This was the fourth time Sukar was said to be liberated, the most recent being January 8. Several government buildings were seized as well neighboring Dhubbat. There was still fighting for Sumer, Salam, and Hadbaa. The next big move is to take the Mosul University in the north. The Golden Division is trying to surround the area in preparation for laying siege to it. There are reports of IS fighters giving up their positions and retreating to the western side of the city facilitating the ISF advances.

The Islamic State was busy trying to impede the advances of the government forces and people fleeing their control, while destroying sections of Mosul. The group set off explosives on two of the five bridges that span the Tigris in the center of the city. The U.S. Coalition has hit all of the spans, but not so much that the government couldn’t repair them in the future. IS is now trying to make them collapse so that the ISF cannot employ them to assault the western section of the city. The group was destroying some government buildings as well. Off and on the militants have been blowing up public facilities in a mini scorched earth campaign to deny them to the Iraqi authorities. In east Mosul the Islamic State was forcing people out of their homes trying to make them retreat with it to the west. 9 civilians were executed for refusing to go. The organization has used civilians as human shields since the Mosul campaign started in the middle of October. In the southeast in Palestine and Sumer the army and police reported that IS was firing on civilians trying to escape the fighting. Those that have chosen not to remain under its rule have been consistently targeted by small arms fire, mortars, and rockets. In a related note, the water pumps in the city remain under IS control, and it has cut off water to 30 areas in eastern Mosul. Finally, there were stories of the militants executing people across eight parts of east Mosul. That included both civilians and IS fighters who were charged of treason and espionage.

SOURCES

Adel, Loaa, "Islamic State detonates 2 bridges to hinder advance of security forces," Iraqi News, 1/10/17

AIN, “Security forces liberated more neighborhoods in Mosul, killing 193 Daash today [Revised],” 1/10/17
- "Urgent counterterrorism forces liberate Kafat neighborhood on the left coast of Mosul," 12/3/16

Bas News, "Mosul: Iraqi Forces Liberate Three More Neighbourhoods," 1/8/17

Buratha News, “Aarallah team outlines the latest developments in the field during liberation operations in Mosul until 19:50 pm Tuesday 10 01 2017,” 1/10/17

Face Iraq, "Security forces liberated Mithaq, Sumer, Jaffa and stormed Dumiz neighborhood on the left coast of Mosul," 1/3/17

Faraj, Salam and Decamme, Guillaume, “Iraq eyes recapture of east Mosul within days,” Agence France Presse, 1/9/17

Iraq Oil Report, “Inside Mosul: Jan. 10, 2017,” 1/10/17

Kalin, Stephen and Davison, John, “Iraqi forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts,” Reuters, 1/10/17

Al Mada, "Freed important government buildings in Mosul including Investment Authority and Nineveh Electricity," 1/10/17

Al Masalah, "Daesh blow up a number of government buildings in Mosul," 1/10/17
- “Freed Dhubbat neighborhood in left coast of Mosul,” 1/10/17

Mostafa, Mohamed, “Army forces recapture al-Sukkar district, east of Mosul,” Iraqi News, 1/10/17
-"Iraqi forces advance further in eastern Mosul, bring down landmark IS flag," Iraqi News, 1/10/17
- “Islamic State reportedly in western Mosul execution spree over “treason,”” Iraqi News, 1/10/17
- “Islamic State withholding water from 30 eastern Mosul districts,” Iraqi News, 1/10/17

New Sabah, “Counter-terrorism forces encircled the University of Mosul and Dhubbat neighborhood stormed in preparation for purging Daesh,” 1/10/17

NINA, “Daesh Evacuates Residents Of Areas That Are Still Under Its Control By Force To The Right Side Of Mosul,” 1/9/17
- "Security forces impose full control over Wahda and Sumer southeast Mosul," 1/5/17
- "Security Forces Liberate Sukkar Area North Of Mosul," 12/15/16

Shafaaq News, “Iraqi forces massing to break into the Kiraj area of Mosul,” 1/10/17

Xinhua, “Iraqi forces recapture 3 neighborhoods from IS in Mosul,” 1/10/17


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