‘Mosul Eye’ Claims City ‘Quietly Slipping Away’ From IS

A “drastic social change” is taking place in the Islamic State (IS)-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul following the killing of captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh, with more and more religious residents expressing resentment and anger toward the militants, a local resident-turned-anonymous blogger has reported.

The account of life in Mosul was posted on the Mosul Eye Facebook page on February 13. Mosul Eye is the pseudonym of a local historian who has been secretly documenting IS’s activities in Mosul since the militants overran the city in June. While it is not possible to verify the blogger’s identity, Iraq watchers believe the accounts are credible.