On January 10th the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stormed into Mosul and took over the city with out the Iraqi Army firing a shot. The Iraqi army fled the city dropping their weapons and stripping their uniforms. The Mosul residents were cheering when the ISIL arrived thinking they were better off then having the Iraqi army in charge of the city. Since then things have changed.
Mosul residents are fighting back and giving information to the Iraqi Air Force to conduct air strikes against the ISIL militants. A Senior ISIL leader, Abu Yahya al-Maghrebi, a Moroccan national, was among 30 gunmen staying at a house in western Mosul. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense carried out an air strike on the residence killing the ISIL leader and the thirty gunmen.
The Ministry of Defense also conducted an air strike on an army barracks, which had been taken over by the ISIL militant group.
The ISIL Militants are taken over residences in Mosul and in the surrounding areas. The ISIL Militants are converting the residences into headquarters and barracks for their operations.