On the Road to Mosul, Iraq

On the road from al Qosh to Qaraqosh, “capital of Iraq’s Christians”

For the past week I’ve been reporting on the road from Erbil to Mosul — about 50 east to west miles in northern Iraq.

I visited a training camp set up by the Nineveh Plain Protection Unit, an Assyrian (might want to Wikipedia this one) former militia now under Baghdad’s command fighting the Islamic State.

From there, through Facebook Live you and I took a ride to Qaraqosh — “capital of Iraq’s Christians” — recently liberated from Daesh (as it’s also called) and in bad state. We drove through checkpoints manned by the various armed groups making up the ongoing offensive to wrest control of Mosul from the Islamic State.

In late night conversations with humanitarian workers we discussed the estimated 400,000 to 1.1 million civilians in Mosul, now besieged by the Iraqi army and allies. A friend from the NGO Oxfam explained her advocacy work for Mosul’s residents fleeing the fighting, whose rights and safety are at risk as they cross from one armed group’s controlled territory to another’s. Summary execution of suspected Islamic State fighters are feared.

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Gratefully,

Flavius

Erbil, Iraq

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