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Iraq

Film: Mosul before ISIS and now

By Ayub Nuri 12/7/2017
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As a journalist I have been visiting and covering Mosul on and off for almost fifteen years. I first went there in April of 2003 when the regime of Saddam Hussein was toppled by American troops. Then I went back on many other occasions.

I saw the evolution of armed groups in Mosul and their grip on the city until it led to the rise of ISIS in the summer of 2014.

 

The war against ISIS was most brutal Mosul had ever seen. Thousands were killed and much of this ancient city destroyed for good.

 

Still though, many civilians and the government in Baghdad hope that life could come back to Mosul and that this will be their last war.


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SuperJC | 13/7/2017
The Mosul's hope that life could come back and that this will be its last war.....subject to one and only one condition that Kurdistan is under some form of separation with Iraq government. As a factor of the balance check. Last war...is based on all factors are balanced. Otherwise, the next battle/war is over the horizon line.
Chris | 15/7/2017
What a devastating picture of the destruction of Mosul Ayub Nuri presents. And he gives an excellent analysis of the origins of the conflict that resulted in this destruction. But surely, what must not be forgotten is the evil role that religion has played in all this. It is the cause of the sectarian divide in Iraq between Sunni and Shia, and the victimisation of the minority religious groups like the Christians and the Yezidis. And above all it is the excuse given by terrorist organisations like Da'esh for their brutality. I sincerely hope the independent Kurdish state will learn from this horrible conflict and declare itself a SECULAR society.
Peter Goesinya | 18/7/2017
Beautiful speaking accent
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