When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq in 2014, some civilians welcomed them, some fled and others resigned themselves to living under their rule. But a few rose up to fight. Members of these secret resistance groups, such as the "Mosul Battalions" and "Mim" factions, revealed their efforts and details about the deaths of their members now that Iraqi forces are making slow but steady gains to oust the militants from Mosul, their last major stronghold in Iraq.

From before the start of the Mosul offensive Iraqi troops have relied on a civilian resistance to pave the way. The resisters provide a large amount of military intelligence that helps save lives and lead to the capture and death of major commanders. Many civilians sowed chaos in Islamic State ranks by killing fighters, destroying checkpoints and sabotaging the militants' attempts at propaganda.

Graffiti, sabotage and assassination against ISIS happened on a regular basis throughout the occupied cities and towns, according to those interviewed in Mosul, Hamam al-Alil and refugee camps. Most of the resistance members were known by the Arabic letter Mim, which stands for Muqawama, or "resistance."

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