Those fortunate enough to escape Mosul

are closer to temporary safety than this family pictured last week.

An Iraqi special forces soldier helps a family carry their child to cross from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul to Iraqi forces controlled part of Mosul, Iraq, March 4, 2017. Picture taken March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS11IXU

Here are some pictures at Rudaw of Mosul families, some of whom have arrived in refugee facilities.
Hundreds of west Mosul families find safety at Chamakor Camp
By Rawchi Hassan 13/3/2017
Thousands of people flee from the fight for western Mosul
By Rudaw 12/3/2017

While looking for photographs, I noticed Iraq news reports saying Al Baghdadi may be in Mosul. If they find him, maybe he can have his picture taken again with John McCain, with whom he was photographed in 2013 when this all began. And maybe we'll bring John McCain to justice.

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continues to ignore the atrocities going on in Mosul because no Russians to blame. I just finished watching a segment on RT concerning the bias of coverage from MSM on Mosul compared to Aleppo. Aleppo is look the Russians and Syrians are killing civilians and in Mosul its look the Americans are killing bad terrorists nothing else to see here.

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@pro left
and while I can believe the reports of atrocities by Assad and Russia, and I can believe the reports can be flawed or accurate, I can also believe the Iraqi forces can commit atrocities. But whenever the emphasis of a report is on the strategic direction of an attack, for example to liberate the people of Mosul, the forces are described as the "U.S.-led coalition" somehow.

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@Linda Wood
Assad gave the remaining terrorists in Aleppo a free pass and a bus ride with their families and personal weapons to Idlib.

BREAKING: Terrorists begin to leave Aleppo in buses and ambulances
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday afternoon that the first group of militants, including 1,500 armed men and their families, left Eastern Aleppo on buses and ambulances under the ceasefire agreement.
Editor’s note: 5,000 terrorist fighters are being allowed to evacuate from Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi army and militias have been separating men from their families as they flee Mosul if they are suspected of working with ISIS during the 2 years of occupation. Anyone who knows anything about war and occupations realize one must work with the enemy to a certain extent in order to stay alive.

Iraq: "Punished for Daesh's Crimes": Displaced Iraqis abused by militias and government forces

The armed conflict in Iraq has had a devastating impact on civilians. The armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) has committed crimes under international law including war crimes and crimes against humanity in territories under its control and launched deadly bombings and other attacks elsewhere in Iraq. The plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) does not end once they reach territories outside of IS control. Hundreds of thousands continue to live in dire conditions with insufficient or no access to essential services and medical care.
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@pro left
women and children by the indiscriminate dropping of barrel bombs on their homes, schools and hospitals before Aleppo finally fell.

In Iraq, the US backed Iraqi army is now in the process of liberating Mosul. Unfortunately, there was some unavoidable collateral damage despite the use of high precision 500# bombs and the fact that ISIS is using civilians as human shields in the city.

Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo
Exclusive: As the U.S.-backed offensive in Mosul, Iraq, begins, the mainstream U.S. media readies the American people to blame the terrorists for civilian casualties but the opposite rules apply to Syria’s Aleppo, reports Robert Parry.

Note how differently The New York Times prepares the American public for civilian casualties from the new U.S.-backed Iraqi government assault on the city of Mosul to free it from the Islamic State, compared to the unrelenting condemnation of the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on neighborhoods of east Aleppo held by Al Qaeda.

In the case of Mosul, the million-plus residents are not portrayed as likely victims of American airstrikes and Iraqi government ground assaults, though surely many will die during the offensive. Instead, the civilians are said to be eagerly awaiting liberation from the Islamic State terrorists and their head-chopping brutality.

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with the white flag, whose image comes up before the video starts, is seen in the video toward the end, at 2:09. He appears to be on his own, and he's kind of gasping. Maybe he's exhausted or traumatized, or maybe he's sick. How could we do this to him? How could we do all of this?

How could my country become this bad?

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@Linda Wood . we are run by schmucks for schmucks, we are no better than those
throughout history who we've claimed to be the bad guys.

It makes me want to puke, everytime I think of what amerika has done.

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