Late Monday, June 9, ISIS forces overran the provincial government headquarters building in Mosul. The Iraqi government no longer has any presence in the city.
The assault on the city began on Friday. Many of the Iraqi security forces are reported to have stripped off their uniforms and fled.
While fighters supported by machineguns and RPGs stormed the government headquarters, residents of Mosul reported police stations set afire, television stations seized, and the city’s prisons emptied. An estimated 1,400 prisoners, mostly ISIS-affiliated rebels, were released from Mosul’s prisons alone. ISIS is claiming that up to 3,000 prisoners were freed from three facilities.
The black flag of ISIS is flying over multiple government buildings in Mosul. Usamah al Nujayfi, speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, has said publicly that police stations, arms warehouses, and the airport have all been seized. The Iraqi government admits that the city is completely under ISIS control. Government employees in Mosul said late Monday that there was no Iraqi Army or Police presence left in the city.