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Fall of Mosul
Part of Iraqi insurgency (2011–present), and the Spillover of the Syrian Civil War
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Location of Nineveh Province in Iraq.
Date4–10 June 2014
LocationMosul, Iraq

ISIL takes over Mosul on June 10:[3][4][5]


Iraqi Government

 Iraqi Kurdistan

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
23x15px JRTN[2]
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi
30,000 (Two divisions, with security forces outnumbering attackers by more than 15-to-1)[6][7] 800–1,300+ [6][8]
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown
Around 500,000 civilians displaced from Mosul[9]

The Fall of Mosul in June 2014, refers to blitz takeover of the city during the June 2014 offensive. After advancing on the city for almost a week from June 4; on the night of 9–10 June 2014, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control of most of the Iraqi city of Mosul. An estimated 1,300 armed militants seized the Nineveh Province government offices, army facilities, and Mosul International Airport.[10] Approximately 500,000 residents of Mosul were believed to have fled the city.[9] Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki called for a national state of emergency following the attack. Mosul was reported to be entirely in insurgent hands as of 10 June.[11][12] On the following day the city of Tikrit also fell to insurgents, who burned government buildings and freed hundreds of inmates from the local prison.

Background[edit | edit source]

Since December 2013, clashes involving tribal militias, Iraqi security forces, and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have broken out throughout western Iraq. In early January 2014, ISIL militants successfully took control of Fallujah and Ramadi,[13] bringing much of Anbar Province under their control. Afterwards, the Iraqi Army began conducting an offensive against the Anbar region, the stronghold of the ISIL, with the stated goal of bringing the region under government control. Samarra was recaptured by Iraqi forces on 5 June 2014,[14] while heavy shelling on Fallujah weakened the ISIL forces there. However, the advances ISIL has made in neighboring Syria, from where they source weapons,[15] has substantially strengthened their position.[16]

In early June, insurgents began advancing into central and northern parts of Iraq following the Iraqi Army's campaign in the Anbar region. while advancing ISIL military chief Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi was killed on June 5, by Iraqi Security Forces near Mosul. ISIL named the military operation that resulted in their seizure of Mosul on June 9 'Bilawi Vengeance, a reference to his alias.[17] At that point they were still in control of most of Fallujah and Garmah, as well as parts of Haditha, Jurf Al Sakhar, Anah, Qa'im, Abu Ghraib, and several smaller settlements in the Anbar Province.[18]

Mosul attack[edit | edit source]

On the night of 9 June 2014, ISIL and Sunni militants attacked Mosul, with heavy fighting overnight. Iraqi Army soldiers fled the city while it was under attack, with the militants controlling much of Mosul by midday on 10 June.[16] The militants seized numerous facilities, including Mosul International Airport, which had served as a hub for the U.S. military in the region. It was thought all aircraft had been captured. The militants also claimed to have released at least 2,400 prisoners, after seizing police stations and prisons across the city.[12]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

On June 11, ISIL insurgents advanced into the oil refinery town of Baiji, seizing the main court house and police station and setting them on fire. The militants, who were travelling in a group of around 60 vehicles, also took control of the Baiji prison and freed all the inmates within. Local residents told members of the media that ISIL sent a group of local tribal chiefs ahead of them to convince the 250 guards at the oil plant to withdraw, while soldiers and police had been warned to leave as well.[19][20] Al Jazeera claims that later in the day militants retreated from Baiji after reinforcements from the Iraqi Army's Fourth Armored Division arrived in the city.[21]

Later during the day ISIL members seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul and kidnapped 49 Turkish employees including the Consul General, three children and several members of the Turkish Special Forces. Reports suggested the abducted were taken to a nearby militant base and were unharmed. An unnamed Turkish official confirmed the government was in contact with the insurgents, while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held an emergency meeting with members of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay to discuss the situation. The daring assault came a day after 28 Turkish truck drivers were abducted by militants while delivering fuel to a power plant in Mosul.[22][23]

Continuing their offensive, on the evening of June 11, insurgents took full control of the city of Tikrit, the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein and the second provincial capital to fall in two days. Local officials reported that checkpoints had been set up around the city, while at least 300 inmates had been freed from the city's prisons, many of them serving sentences under terrorism charges.[21][24][25]

In the Kirkuk province, ISIL forces executed 15 security forces members.[26]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mikael, Dana. "Peshmerga forces deployed to Mosul". http://www.basnews.com/en/News/Details/Peshmerga-forces-deployed-to-Mosul/22779. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. Hassan Hassan. "Political reform in Iraq will stem the rise of Islamists". http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/political-reform-in-iraq-will-stem-the-rise-of-islamists. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. "Mosul Falls, Indie Oil Should Rise". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellynch/2014/06/11/mosul-falls-indie-oil-should-rise. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  4. Al-Salhy, Suadad; Fahim, Kareem. "Sunni Militants Drive Iraqi Army Out of Mosul". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/world/middleeast/militants-in-mosul.html. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. Insurgents in Iraq Overrun Mosul Provincial Government Headquarters
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Iraq army capitulates to Isis militants in four cities". The Guardian. 11 June 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/11/mosul-isis-gunmen-middle-east-states. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
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  8. Iraqis flee Mosul after fighters seize city (Al Jazeera, June 11, 2014)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Iraq crisis: Islamists force 500,000 to flee Mosul". BBC News. 11 June 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27789229. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  10. "Iraq militants control second city of Mosul". BBC News. 10 June 2014. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27778112. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  11. "Iraq PM calls emergency after Mosul seized". Al Jazeera English. 10 June 2014. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/iraq-calls-emergency-after-rebels-seize-mosul-2014610121410596821.html. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sly, Liz; Ramadan, Ahmed (10 June 2014). "Insurgents seize Iraqi city of Mosul as troops flee". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/insurgents-seize-iraqi-city-of-mosul-as-troops-flee/2014/06/10/21061e87-8fcd-4ed3-bc94-0e309af0a674_story.html?hpid=z1. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  13. "Iraq's Fallujah falls to 'Qaeda-linked' militants". 4 January 2014. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jan-04/243100-fallujah-outside-iraq-government-control-security-official.ashx#axzz2oNa3sbT8. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  14. "80 killed in Iraq as security forces re-take city of Samarra". Xinhua. 5 June 2014. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-06/05/c_126584362.htm. 
  15. "Une province irakienne entière aux mains des jihadistes". Liberation. 10 June 2014. http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2014/06/10/la-deuxieme-plus-grande-ville-d-irak-aux-mains-des-insurges_1037307. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fahim, Kareem; Al-Salhy, Suadad (10 June 2014). "Sunni Militants Drive Iraqi Army Out of Mosul". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/world/middleeast/militants-in-mosul.html. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  17. "Revealed: the Islamic State 'cabinet', from finance minister to suicide bomb deployer". Telegraph.co.uk. 9 July 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10956193/Revealed-the-Islamic-State-cabinet-from-finance-minister-to-suicide-bomb-deployer.html. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  18. "Iraq Update #42: Al-Qaeda in Iraq Patrols Fallujah; Aims for Ramadi, Mosul, Baghdad". http://iswiraq.blogspot.com/2014/01/iraq-update-42-al-qaeda-in-iraq-patrols.html. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  19. "Half a million flee unrest in Iraq's Mosul". Al Jazeera. 11 June 2014. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/tens-thousands-flee-unrest-iraq-mosul-201461175824711415.html. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  20. "Al-Qaeda splinter group captures Iraqi oil refinery town". CBC News. 11 June 2014. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/al-qaeda-splinter-group-captures-iraqi-oil-refinery-town-1.2671735. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Iraqi city of Tikrit falls to ISIL fighters". Al Jazeera. 11 June 2014. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/iraqi-city-tikrit-falls-isil-fighters-2014611135333576799.html. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  22. "ISIL fighters seize 48 Turks at consulate in Iraq's Mosul". Today's Zaman. 11 June 2014. http://www.todayszaman.com/news-350080-isil-fighters-seize-48-turks-at-consulate-in-iraqs-mosul.html. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  23. "ISIL kidnaps Turkish consul, special forces, children in northern Iraqi hotspot". Hurriyet Daily News. June 11, 2014. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/isil-kidnaps-turkish-consul-special-forces-several-others-in-iraq.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67660&NewsCatID=352. 
  24. "Insurgents overrun parts of Iraqi city of Tikrit". Trust.org via Reuters. 11 June 2014. http://www.trust.org/item/20140611125744-34r69. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  25. "Iraq's Tikrit falls to militants: police". Daily Star Lebanon. 11 June 2014. http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jun-11/259731-iraqs-tikrit-falls-to-militants-police.ashx#ixzz34L6aWB00. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  26. "Iraq crisis: ISIS militants push towards Baghdad - as it happened - Telegraph". Telegraph.co.uk. 13 June 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10892299/Iraq-crisis-al-Qaeda-forces-seize-Mosul-and-Tikrit-as-it-happened.html. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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