In Rebuilding Mosul, The People Come First.

A multi-NGO meeting, chaired by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq (OCHA), has reported on the immediate challenges facing Mosul’s citizens in the weeks and months ahead. 13 international and local non-governmental agencies contributed to the report, which unsurprisingly concludes that there are unmet needs concerning food, water and …

Iraqi Leaders: Take Pride In Our Victory & Unity, Prepare To Rebuild

Moments after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul complete, Iraqis from across the country took to the streets. “Prime Minister Abadi has declared Tuesday July 11 an official holiday, in celebration of the great victory over ISIL and the liberation of the city of Mosul,” said a statement from Iraq’s Council of …

Not All Foreigners In Mosul Are ISIL Militants

The foreign fighters of ISIL that patrolled Mosul, from the brainwashed Europeans who posted selfies in the early days of the so-called caliphate, to the battle-hardened Chechen veterans who rose to the highest ranks of the organisation, are now a fading memory. The few that have been captured are held under tight guard away from …

al-Nuri Mosque & al-Habda Minaret Destroyed.

It was inevitable. That it has occurred so quickly has shocked us. And, in our hearts, we hoped this wouldn’t happen. But ISIL realised our worst fears: The Baghdad government has announced that ISIL destroyed al-Nouri mosque and the historical al-Habda Minaret in west Mosul late Wednesday. Officials stated in a press release: “As Counter …

As Final Mosul Phase Begins, Officials Hope For Rapid Victory

Yalla – Mosul Sources close to Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar Al-Abadi, have said that Iraqi’s commander in chief hopes to declare complete victory in Mosul before the end of Ramadan. The sources claim an announcement was planned for the beginning of this week, but was delayed due to the situation in Mosul’s old city, where …

Over 800 Cases of Food Poisoning In IDP Camps in Northern Iraq

Two people have died from food poisoning and hundreds more Iraqi IDPs are suffering symptoms, after consuming food donated by RAF – a Qatari charity organisation – in Hassan Sham U2 and Khazir IDP camps near Erbil. Doctor Shakhawan Khailany from Erbil’s Health Department of Health told Yalla: “638 people, of which 320 were young …

As ISIL Dig In In Mosul, Preparations Continue for Tal Afar & Hawija Ops

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has met commanders of constituent militias of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF) umbrella organisation. Discussions centred on securing the country’s 600 km border with Syria and the anticipated operations to liberate Tal Afar and Hawija, the two remaining strongholds of ISIL in northern Iraq outside of Mosul. Marking …

Significant Normality Milestone Hit In Mosul – A Legitimate Alcohol Vendor

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yalla travelled through north east Mosul a few weeks ago, on the way to an interview. Our driver, a Moslawi himself, happily regaled us with the story of his escape from the city, a few months after ISIL took over. As we drove past the Nineveh International Hotel, close to the left bank of the …

Iraq: “We walked all night, staying away from roads for fear of being caught”

Al Alam camp, near Tikrit, is home to about 8,000 women, children and men who have been displaced from their homes to the north by the ongoing conflict. The families have come here in search of safety and support, from towns and villages ravaged by conflict, where food, fuel and medicines are scarce. The camp …

Abadi: Conflict Has Cost Arab World Chance of Paradise

In a wide-ranging interview on issues within Iraq and relations with its neighbours, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi lamented that the money spent on regional conflict had cost the Arab world the chance of creating “a paradise”. Expressing fears that a partitioned Syria would present security issues for Iraq, Abadi told al Mayadeen TV that he …