Latest intelligence on ISIS' situation on the ground in the battle for Mosul

As Iraqi Security Forces, in conjunction with the Peshmerga and International Coalition, continue their advance towards Mosul and its surrounding areas, intelligence information suggest much change is happening inside the city, as ISIS militants attempt to consolidate their power in the city.

Accounts from Al-Aan News agency report that ISIS militants have started to close their Hisba [“religious police”] headquarters in central Mosul, especially in the area of Rashidiya.

Elderly people have also been forcibly recruited for “night shifts”, compounding ISIS’s exploitation of anyone they see fit, whether women or children. The report also detailed how ISIS militants now sleep in caravans dotted around the city to avoid detection by Iraqi and coalition aircraft.