Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to liberated areas

By Ahmed Aboulenein MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 23 : Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and Ythe elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road today as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas liberated from Islamic State. Families paid no heed to the sound of heavy mortar, artillery and […]

Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake another western district

By Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 22 : Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul today after Iraqi forces retook another district in the west of the city from Islamic State. After walking for miles, families were taken by bus from a government checkpoint in the south of […]

Resentment festers in Mosul: just ask Saddam Hussein

By Ulf Laessing MOSUL, Iraq, April 20 : – If you want to hear the resentment people of Mosul feel now that Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State out of most of the city, you should talk to Saddam Hussein. Not the dictator, but the Mosul schoolteacher, who proudly shows off an identity card bearing […]

Iraqi Christians celebrate Easter, dream of returning home

By Maher Chmaytelli TEL ESQOF, Iraq, Apr 16 : Hundreds of Iraqi Christians gathered today in a church damaged by Islamic State north of Mosul, celebrating Easter there for the first time since 2014. “God willing, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ will also mark the return and rising-up of the Christians in Iraq,” […]

Iraqi Christians return to ransacked town with fear and hope

By Ulf Laessing QARAQOSH, Iraq, Apr 14 : With Islamic State expelled, Iraqi Christians are trickling back to the ransacked town of Qaraqosh, beset by anxiety for their security and yet hopeful they can live in friendship with Muslims of all persuasions. The town, about 20 km from the battlefront with Islamic State in the […]

“Fight to the death”: snipers slow down Iraqi forces in Mosul’s Old City

By Ulf Laessing MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 6 : Taking aim through a telescope on his rifle, the police officer opened fire on an Islamic State sniper from the top floor of a tower in Mosul before quickly pulling back to take cover. “Hit the sniper at the mosque,” his commanding officer told him as he […]