Kurdish Peshmerga fighters keep watch during the battle with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Mosul January 21, 2015.REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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In a government building in Mosul, a handful of Iraqi contractors gathered to compete for a tender last month.The militants also blew up a bridge that Kurdish fighters could use to attack Mosul.In Mosul's city center, in the old provincial council building, sits ISIS' religious court.Last week, ISIS in Mosul posted on the Internet its version of justice: the stoning of a woman accused of adultery; two men crucified, accused of armed robbery; and two men thrown from a building for allegedly being homosexual.ISIS runs at least four security organizations in Mosul, including traffic police and a tax force that collects revenues from businesses and individuals.Baghdad earmarks at least $130 million monthly to pay Mosul government employees, whether they have stayed in the city or left, said Anwar Matti Hadaya, the exiled head of the Nineveh provincial council's finance committee.It is unclear how much money reaches employees still in Mosul, but the cash has helped keep the city afloat.Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari estimates that ISIS has looted $456 million from banks in Mosul, Tikrit and Baiji since its June land grab. Most of the cash has come from Mosul.
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