Updates from Mosul: ISIS leaders visit Erbil, humanitarian crisis in Mosul, and ISIS takes over the Orthodox Archbishopric

ISIS has a variety of many funding sources, which never runs out. And it wasn’t the money they gained after controlling Mosul that gave rise for their funding. ISIS was forcing people to give 100-100,000 US dollars before they entered Mosul, this was done throughout forcing monthly payments upon people.


Today’s morning, ISIS took over the Orthodox Archbishopric in Al-Shurta [policemen] neighbourhood in Mosul. They raised their flags over it despite the presence of its Archbishop and some families inside. The fate of the priest and those with him remains unknown.


ISIS issued a decision to exclude all Christians from the payslip lists which were approved to be given to staff within the next few days.


I managed to know from a very important source that 3 commanders/ leaders of ISIS had returned today from Erbil, after their visit for 3 days. One of those leaders/ commanders is a well- known Baa’thist character; however, I could not obtain his name.


With the beginning of Ramadan: continuous electricity blackout; complete lack in fuel (gas); the markets are closed; and a state of anxiety has become noticeable in the city.


ISIS spreads flyers among Mosques preachers, stamped by their logo and the following sentence “Mosques Affairs Committee” and it consists of two sections:

First: Friday’s prayer preacher must talk about “Al-Jihad” [fighting] and the necessity of implementing Al-Sharia Law.

Second: Ramadan preach is divided into 4 Fridays: “The first is to encourage virtue, fasting and Ramadan’s goodness; the second is about the necessity of Al-Jihad [fighting]; the third is a farewell preach to Ramadan; and the fourth is about donating money”.


A new group of those who volunteered to join ISIS has been sent to Anbar and Tikrit today. The children volunteers has become a noticeable phenomenon in Mosul.


Mosul today: the life is suspended, no electricity, no fuel, no salaries, the markets are totally shut in areas which used to be crowded with people: Al-Serchekhana area, Bab Al-Saray, Al-Najafi Street, Al-Meedan – all of them are shut and the movement of people has reduced significantly. 

ISIS clashed with Beshmerga in east Mosul today

Today, ISIS bombed Al-Hamdaniya area, east Mosul, with mortars. Al-Hamdaniya is mainly inhabited by Christians and under the control of Beshmerga [Kurdish forces]. The bombing occurred after Beshmerga’s attempt to progress towards Al-Salamiya area (mainly inhabited by Arabs) which is next to Al-Hamdaniya. There was about 50 shells shot, some fell on houses. The source is my Christian friend who is inside Al-Hamdaniya.

Al-Neqshebendi Army refuses ISIS

Al-Neqshebendi Way Army (Baa’thi, Sufi) is in a state of rejection to ISIS presence but they, as I was told by people who are close to them, do not want to enter a conflict with ISIS in the time being. There has been actual conflict between them and ISIS in “Agrarian Reform” area but men of faith and tribes leader intervened and the clash was dissembled. 

Frustration among people of Mosul

A state of frustration reigns on the faces of people as Al-Maliki had cut off the staff wages in the areas that are under armed forces control, Ramadan is approaching, the weather is extremely hot, private electricity generators’ owners say that fuel will almost run out by the end of the month and the electricity is cut off for very long hours in the city.  

ISIS spread is at the heart of the first Islamic Conquest of Mosul

As a historian, I went in a tour in the western side of the city, which is considered as the Islamic side of the first conquest process, year 17 H [Islamic calendar] [year 639 Christian calendar]. I can say that ISIS presence is spread in “Islamic Conquest area” and all their ideological movements are within this. Their largest spread and even their legitimate centers are in the heart of this area; Al-Mushaheda area, Bashtabiya and the western side of river Tigris where the first Islamic mosque was founded in the city- Musfi Al-Dhaheb mosque currently (Al-Masjid Al-Amawy previously).

Afghan costume spreads in Mosul and the city was declared divided into military units

“Afghan costume” phenomena has spread inside the city, even none-armed men from the civil citizens have started wearing this costume. I spoke to some people who showed resentment about this un-welcomed phenomena in the city.

It had become eye catching now that the armed men bring their families and children with them. And it seems like there is a free movement between Syria and Iraq within the control of ISIS.

Dividing Mosul into military units has been declared today. The names given: “Abu-Talha Camp”, “Al-Zubeer Camp”, “Abu-Qutada Camp”, “Al-Ansar Camp”. These names show on their cars and vans.