Glimpse into Mosul’s daily life provided by discovered documents
A number of documents left behind by ISIS militants have been found following the recent advancement of Iraq forces, a move which led to the fleeing of ISIS troops. The documents provide a glimpse into the daily life which characterizes the state of Mosul. Receipts, logbooks and ledgers listings are among the documents that were recently discovered by Iraq forces as they raided parts of the state of Mosul which were still under the control of the militants. Iraq forces recently captured eastern Mosul in an attack characterized by an intense exchange of fire between ISIS forces and the Pro Iraq government troops. ISIS troops eventually yielded after resisting for weeks.
What is interesting to note about the receipts and other documents which were discovered at the scene of fire exchange is the fact that it does not depict the actual life in the state. Rather, it reveals an unusual lifestyle of the ISIS militants and the economy of the state. In the months which preceded the attack, ISIS troops had been pushed underground after a series of strikes from the US led coalition air strike team.
The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant had become like a harbor of bunkers and movement into the region must have been easy as revealed by the receipts. Based on the information present on the receipts, it is clear that they are all from last year during the time when the city of Ramadi was just lost to ISIS troops following the capture of parts of Western Anbar Province.
Information revealed by the receipts clearly shows that Hit was frequented by ISIS troops. This is the destination which the troops used as a hub for the supply of arms and vital logistics. Hit lies along the River Euphrates and is only a small town, although it was used extensively by the militants based on its importance. Experts believe that the frequent movements between Hit and ISIL must have been for purposes of picking up supplies or staging operational meetings.
Stacks of paper are a clear testimony to the group’s policy to keep close tabs of utilities ranging from electricity to internet. This is further qualified by files monthly cards which were found on the scene bearing passwords and internet names.
Even though the usage of the internet along with mobile phones was prohibited for purposes of preventing civilians from conveying information to government officials, internet receipts were used by IS militants. This suggests that the militant’s usage of centralized internet connections across the city was possible.
Over the past few months, areas within and nearby Mosul which are under the control of IS troops have reduced in number. Even the roads which were characterized by fast moving taxis are now clustered with government check points alongside airstrike craters.
Mosul’s western half, which still remains under the control of IS is almost detached from the territories held by the militants in Syria. Security forces are now in charge of the abandoned IS bases.