One Year On, People Of IS-Held Mosul Still ‘Cut Off From The World’

Hung precariously on otherwise empty scaffolding above a dingy market stall in Mosul’s Bab al-Tob neighborhood, the message of the Islamic State (IS) poster belies its surroundings.

“Mosul city is prospering under the caliphate!” it reads.

But for Mosul Eye, a local historian who has been secretly documenting IS’s activities in Mosul since the militants overran the city almost exactly a year ago, and who shared a photo of the poster on Facebook this week, such IS propaganda is an insult.