What’s happening in Mosul? Mosul Eye© Report – Oct. 20, 2016

1- ISIL is planning to bomb most of the remaining buildings in Mosul. It started with bombing the governorate’s building, and currently preparing to bomb Mosul hotel near Alshuhada bridge (the third bridge). Bombing the hotel threatens the bridge that was subjected to several bombings before. It is believed that the main goal of bombing the hotel is to bomb the bridge itself.

2- Redeployment of ISIL and increasing their numbers significantly in the city. It is evident that their numbers are rising by seeing at least 3 fighters at every ally all over the city.

3- We learned that ISIL is spreading car bombs over the city, and booby-trapping power poles.

4- The signs of the battles are strongly felt in the city. ISIL is tightening up on the residents and tries to provoke them.

5- ISIL launched a campaign to collect SIM cards and threatens to apprehend any one seen with a mobile phone.

6- Fear and anxiety are prominent in the city at the moment

7- Many are getting ready to flea the city once the battles start in Mosul

8- Uncertainty of fate is awaiting over one million citizens in Mosul; a fate uncertainty that swings between displacement and becoming war casualties is what Mosulis fear the most.

9- ISIL moved prisoners from their old detention camps to new locations. It is confirmed that ISIL will place detainees at possible military targets.

10- Calm and quietness are about to be over in Mosul. An unusual activity and evident call up of ISIL fighters is strongly present in the city.

11- A fire was witnessed at ISIL security office (the islamic police) at Al-arabi neighborhood. It is believed that ISIL set the documents of this office on fire

12- Lately, a foreign type of portable missiles were found in ISIL possession. Those missiles are mounted on small trucks. Those trucks, in addition to the missiles, equipped with a 20-liter gallons. The contents of those gallons is unknown.

13- The signs of food crisis in Mosul start to loom. Prices are sky rocket high.

14- Surveillance aircraft are constantly flying over Mosul.

15- A small surveillance drone belongs to ISIL was spotted near Al-Ghizlani, south of Mosul.

16- Foreign fighters start to appear more heavily after a significant shrink in their numbers in the past few days.

17- Children and teens are the majority of ISIL fighter. They are aged between 15-18 years old.

18- We feel that ISIL is intended to fight a huge battle in Mosul, and there are no signs of it backing up, withdrawing, or fear.


Mosul Eye’s Letter to Paris conference – The convening conference to discuss the Mosul Question

We, the civil people of Mosul, as the liberation operations are underway to liberate Mosul, ask you this time to listen to us. The world has heard more than enough from non-mosulis who discuss the issues of our city, convening seminars and conferences, and none of them have lived in Mosul, never learned about its structure or its history as we know it.

This time, we ask you to hear our voice, to listen to what we have to say about our city, as it is our right to have our say about it and its future and fate. The Kurds got their own interests to look after, so does The Shiite, and we know those facts and respect them. We, as well, got our interests, that is, to protect our city. It is us who got our history and heritage vandalized, lost our sons, fathers, daughters and children. We are the ones who were displaced from our city, lost our homes, held captives in our own city under the rule of ISIL. It is us who live under ISIL’s control, and live the moments of fear during and after the liberation.

We would like to start our letter with what King Faisal said at the League of Nations in 1924 during their delegations about Mosul and determining its fate:

“I consider it is impossible, both strategically and economically, for a Government in Baghdad to live if Mosul is detached from it and held by another Government. Nor can a real life be hoped for the people of Iraq without Mosul. Therefore I consider that Mosul is to Iraq as the head is to the rest of the body”
King Faisal letter to League of Nations regarding Mosul Question.
30 September 1924.

We, the people of Mosul, cannot trust what will happen during and after the liberation, and our concerns grow bigger everyday. The upcoming dangers are no less dangerous than ISIL. There are many factions who are trying to divide and to tear down our city, dividing it into parts where each part would be given to an ethnicity group, separating it from the rest. History tells it that Mosul has always built its civilization upon an ethnically and religiously diverse population. It is impossible to imagine Mosul without its rich and diverse heritage, culture, history, and ethnicity. Therefore, and as we elaborated in Mosul Eye’s previous list, we demonstrated our suggestions to resolve the Mosul Question, and that is to subject Mosul to an International trusteeship in accordance to articles 75-85 of The United Nation’s Charter, and to agree with the Iraqi government to mutually govern the city of Mosul militarily, administratively, and regulatorily

Any other solutions, other than the trusteeship, will have dire impact and consequences on the city of Mosul and its inhabitants, and will transform the city into a continuous battle field among its people. Hence, our request to you to hear our say. Mosul is facing an existential fate, either it will be torn apart, or it will coexist in peace and harmony once more.

This city cannot survive without its churches and mosques next to each other, as well its Shiite shrines and Yazidi’s worship houses. This diversity is the source of its strength, and any attempt to tamper with this diversity will result in catastrophes on a historical scale, in the near and far future.

Our sincere regards,

The founder of Mosul Eye



​The Demand for International Trusteeship for Mosul

The battle for Mosul has not started yet. All the areas where the operations are taking place are empty of its residents. Until now, we do not feel the impact of the battles on the city yet, because we know that the real test will take place inside Mosul; the city with over one million people still residing inside, and we do not know if there are real plans to protect us. We are not sure of any of that. Everything that is spread and posted out there does not tell us any truth and we feel insecure.
We, the people of Mosul, hold the United States, who is leading the International Coalition, accountable for protecting the City of Mosul of any attempts to dividing it and/or any wars that might erupt after the liberation, and of any attempted action of revenge that some factions might wage on the innocent Mosuli civilians.

We, the civilized people of Mosul, do not want to hand our city over, after liberation, to the tribes or to the Kurds, or the Public Mobilization Units (PMUs), or any other faction that is out of the Iraqi government jurisdiction. We also believe that the Iraqi government, alone, is not capable of managing Mosul after liberation. And because we are afraid of systematically targeting Mosulis who exceed one million citizen by the tribes, the PMUs, and the Kurds. Hence, we offer the United States the following best solution we were able to reach: 

1- To subject Mosul to an International trusteeship, with joined supervision by the Iraqi government and the United States.

2- Preserve the unity of the province of Nainawa and then grant it, and broaden, its administrative powers in the future. 

3- Subject Mosul to a transition phase under the United States’ supervision, where efforts continue to train joint administrative bodies and make them capable of administering the city, helping to restore confidence among the conflicting parties, and helps promoting democracy and peaceful coexistence in Mosul.

4- The military leadership in Mosul after liberation to be a joined leadership between the Iraqi army and the US and prohibit any military to practice any activities in Mosul.

5- The international Trusteeship of Mosul provides the United States and the International community a great opportunity, not only to resolve the conflict in Mosul, but also in Syria. It is important for the US politicians in Washington to seriously consider this project that aims to reinforce peace in Iraq,and hence, in the Middle East.

What’s happening in Mosul – 10-18-2016

​What’s happening in Mosul?

1- Continuous flying of aircrafts abive Mosul; it is clear that those jets are surveillance airjets. Aircrafts never stop flying over Mosul 

2- An uneasy quietness in the city. People are out for few hours and then theu disappear. Life in the city is over by 4:00 pm local time.

3- ISIL is still in the city. They don’t appear tyat much. Some neighborhoods is completely free of their presence, especially at Alwahda, Almuthanna, and Alssukar neighborhoods. Their presence is more evident in Gogjali and Karama, even though they have left their headquarters, they are still present there.

4- ISIL numbers are very limited at Rashidiya and Gubba, Shrikhan Al-Uliya, Shrikhan Al-Sufla villages. Those villages were shiite villages before, and ISIL confiscated all its residents’ belongings. ISIL presence was always weak in those villages, and today, their presence is limited to no presence at all.

5- Wadi Eqab industrial district is closed. No ongoing business is conducted there. ISIL has full control over the district; it has turned the district into a manufacturing facility for bombs, car bombs, and IEDs. ISIL manufactured plenty of IEDs in the past couple of days.

6- ISIL detention camps still filled with prisoners. We believe that the estimated number of prisoners is about 2000-2500. All of them are young men age between 18-25 years old.

7- We are certain that ISIL still hold Yazidi female captives at these locations: Al-Ba’ath, Al-Zira’ai neighborhoods, and Al-Ssukar and Al-Jamhouri hospitals.

8- Till this point, there are no apparent signs of war in Mosul. The residents are aware of the military progress at the city’s surrounding areas. But until this moment, the city has not entered the warning stage. ISIL seems quite as well.

9- The humanitarian situation in the city is dire. In case of any seige is imposed on the city, all supplies will vanish from the city in two weeks.

10- People are preparing for the possibility of power lose. ISIL has given its orders to power providers to stop supplying power from 10:00 PM till 12:00 PM the next day. 

11- All roads and walksides are booby-trapped.

12- ISIL has limited its use of cars significantly, and relies more on Motorcycles.

13- ISIL executed 12 prisoners this morning (10-18-2016)

14- People are trying to leave the city at any cost. Many are ready to flee at any moment the battles approach the city. Tgeir biggest fear is to be caught between ISIL fire and the liberating forces fire.

15- The moment of liberation and what’s after liberation is the biggest scrupulosity in the Mosulus minds at this moment.

16- Uncertain and frightening fate is what’s waiting us after liberation. We do not feel any contentment under the current circumstances and after liberation.

Finally – Mosul Liberation Ops

Finally, the day to liberate Mosul is here.
I have been waiting and working for this day to come, and it finally has arrived.
I will keep the world posted, as I have been doing since day one of this ordeal
I will be giving you all the daily summary of the operations

Here is a summary of the first 24 hours of the Mosul Liberation Ops – 17 of October 2016:

1- At 2:30 AM Baghdad time, PM Abadi announces the launch of Mosul Liberation Ops

2- Within less than half an hour, a major landing of the Iraqi forces in Ba`shiqa and total control of the Iraqi forces over it. No presence of ISIL in Ba`shiqa so far.

3- ISF and the coalition forces declare using the “Shock and Awa” tactic in Mosul.

4- The largest gathering of ISIL fighters is at Ablij village in Ba`aj and near Alghizlani military camp in Mosul

5- ISIL evacuates the university of Mosul entirely, and a very weak presence of ISIL was registered on the Eastern bank, and heavy presence of them was registered on the Western bank of Mosul.

6- At this point, no major displacement of Mosul’s residents has been reported; people so far are following the orders NOT to leave their homes. People also close their communication channels as the dombardment of the city intensifies.

7- In less than an hour, ISF announces total liberation of Ba`shiqa.

8- ISF and Coalition forces continue their heavy bombardment of Mosul and the surrounding areas

9- Six hours after the start of the operations, ISF are closing on Hamdaniya, 35 kilometers southeast of Mosul

10- ISF entering Bartella and its surrounding villages

11- A long caravan of ISIL fighters is fleeing Mosul through Wadi Eqab towards Ba`aj

12- ISIL is evacuating its headquarters in Gogjali and Karam and leaves car bombs behind.

13- The residents of Mosul still under voluntary curfew throughout the city and a significant decrease of ISIL presence in the city.

14- A canadian and Czech medical battalions are in the move with the military and preparing to establish medical field and urgent care centers

15- The French artillery and special task battalion carry out tactical ops against ISIL in Mosul. Information about kidnapping of wanted leaders of ISIL in Mosul

16- ISIL is holding doctors hostages in Aljamhouri hospital and threatening to execute them if they leave the hospital.

17- At this point, the villages and areas liberated are:
Shaquli, Basakhra, Bas Kirdan, Tarjala, Sheikh Amir, Badanah and Badana Al-Ulya, Karbali, and Kharaba Sultan

18- ISIL shifts all its security apparatus and turn its members to its military forces. Most of its fighters are “teenagers”

19- ISIL sends more than 20 suicide bombers to the front lines.

20- So far, it is quite in Mosul. No presence of ISIL, and total disappearance of ISIL in some of the neighborhoods on the Eastern bank. Several car accidents of ISIL vehicles were reported. People are very quite, and the city is in total silence.

21- ISF is liberating Nimrod and continue to advance towards Mosul

22- Turkey declares that it will not participate in Mosul Liberation ops, and sends an official diplomatic delegation to Baghdad to discuss the formalities of its withdraw from Ba`shiqa

23- The list of ISIL leadership that remains in Mosul until today will be translated and posted shortly

24- The Iraqi aviation drops over 17 million leaflets over 16 districts in the province of Nainawa, Hawija in Kirkuk, Alqa`im, Rawa and Ana in Anbar province in the largest leaflet drop ops in the history of the Iraqi military in the preparation to free those areas of ISIL.


The Ottoman Sultan thinks of invading Mosul? He has to think again!

​The Ottoman Sultan Erdogan whose ancestors have stolen the Jewel of the Christian world “Konstantinoúpoli”, and the one who opened his borders widely to ISIL and hostes them to destroy Iraq and Syria, now trying to invade Mosul.
Hey, Erdogan, 

Stop where you are, 

Shall we remind you what history your ancestors left and your new solders, ISIL, carried it out again?

The world has not forgotten what your ancestors did to the Armenians

And will not forget what ISIL did, and still doing, to the Yazdis

No one will never forget that, No one!
We, the Iraqi Mosulians, Will Spare No Effort To Stand Against Your Evil Plans, And We Shall Never Forget What Have You Already Done To Our Lovely City Mosul.
Oh, Mosul, we will defeat ISIL, we will protect you from this sultan.
Oh our lovely Mosul, you will remain the head of Iraq. 

Oh my lovely Mosul, for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The “Mosul Dilemma” 100 years later, once more!

Every once in awhile, several conferences and symposiums are organized to discuss the best resolution for Mosul after its liberation of ISIL. All these conferences and symposiums that we follow closely do not come up with any new solutions or ideas. They talk about implementing projects and programs in the city after its liberation, but, what do they miss?

They miss what over a million civilized citizen have to say in the city, those who are incapable of carrying arms to reclaim their rights. There are many segments of Nainawa’s society who are capable of carrying weapons and able to defend themselves, as they constantly state that, Kurdish forces, Yazidi forces, Christian forces, Shiite forces, in addition to that, the Arab tribal armed forces that all of them joined to fight ISIL today.

But we, as Mosuli citizens, think that the situation in Mosul after it is liberated, will get even worse. There are many Scenarios looming in the horizon, some of which indicating struggles and wars on the long run among all these forces for their territory borders. All of these forces are armed, and in the face of a weak Iraqi State and its inability to control and the handle the situation firmly and correctly, in addition to many demands from many countries to divide Mosul into pieces, give a great chance for this blood bath to never stop any time soon.

Kurdistan strives very hard to divide Mosul as Mosul’s division works in Kurdistan’s favor. This way, it will guarantee that swaths of Nainawa will be under its control, especially that the Christian forces in Nainawa plains are striving as well to establish its own region, which will, eventually, be under the Kurdish protection. And that is what Kurdistan is been promoting, in their efforts to export its own struggles into the heart of Mosul.

On the other side, there are Yazidi forces strive to establish their own region, as Vian Dakhil, the Yazidi Parliament Member, has already announced it. Also, other parties are trying to announce the establishment of a Shiite region in Talafar and its surroundings to protect its minorities there. Where the Sunnis are demanding their own region. Other parties are seeking to unite Mosul with Turkey as a resolution that guarantees the unity of Mosul after its liberation.

All the previous solutions will not lead to a civil peace. On the contrary, they will lead to never ending wars in the region. And God forbid, if Mosul ever fall in the hands of the Arab tribal forces, wars and struggles will rip the city among them until one of them wins over the rest, and that is the one who takes over Mosul’s resources. Thus, the struggle continues.

We as Mosulis, see that the best for our city is to subject our city to an international trusteeship or we will take the case of our city to the international community and come to an agreement with the Iraqi government on the terms and conditions of trusteeship that must guarantee primarily the reservation of Mosul as an Iraqi province with its natural geographical borders and subject it to international protection for a limited period of time until the rehabilitation of new political elites that are capable of administering the city properly and help prevent any possibilities that might subject the city to future wars.

In the case of dividing Mosul, it will bring all the chances for peace in the Middle East to an end. It will fuel the ethnic and religious wars in Iraq for generations.

We urge the international community to seriously think this case, and to put the Mosuli opinion into consideration, as this is an Iraqi-Mosuli matter. If the international community wants to help resolve this struggle, first, it is important to speak to the Mosuli people to understand their demands clearly.

We Do Not Want to Join Turkey
We Do Not Want to Join Kurdistan.
We Do Not Want to Divide Our City.
We Want to Stay an Iraqi Province Within Our Natural Borders Under International Protection.
We Are Terrified of Any Genocides and Bloodbaths Might Occur After Liberation.