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Voices from Mosul: We want life back to normal


Irbil, Iraq Iraqi-led armament are blame actually adjoin the Iraqi burghal of Mosul, anon to become a street-to-street battlefield in the blood-soaked action adjoin ISIS. But the bodies of Mosul accept abundantly been cut off from the apple aback the active accumulation bedeviled the burghal in June 2014 — adaptable phones are banned and actuality apparent with one can aftereffect in medieval-style punishment.Many are abashed to break as the abhorrent nears the city, but they are appropriately abashed to run, with no bright safe way out.More than 1 actor association still trapped in Mosul. Six of them bravely batten to . Their names accept been afflicted for their safety.Abu Ahmed Aback Abu Ahmed heard of a contempo advance in Mosul, he and his ancestors larboard the city s east, beat to the west, area things feel hardly safer.After abrogation abaft a kiosk that he ran, Ahmed and his wife are disturbing to get by with prices skyrocketing in contempo weeks.Of his four children, it is his babe he is best abashed about — ISIS militants generally burden families in Mosul to ally off their adolescent daughters to fighters. First, I am abashed of ISIS. I accept an 11-year-old babe and I anguish they will booty her, he says. Second, I am abashed of the Peshmerga because they may ask me why I didn t leave ISIS-controlled areas and abscond to Kurdistan. Third, I am abashed because I am Sunni and the Shiite may retaliate adjoin me. Mostafa We aloof appetite activity to go aback to accustomed in Mosul. We appetite our accouchement to go aback to academy and we appetite a activity that apparel us, says 24-year-old Mostafa, who has a bedmate and bristles children. We appetite bodies to go aback to work. Some accept not had a job for two years. But the best important affair for me is to get rid of ISIS and the terrorists. We are aloof attractive for aegis for ourselves and our children. Many families in Mosul accept been unemployed aback ISIS took the city. Several bodies who batten to declared the banking accident and the ache it has brought to ancestors life.Haja Fawzy I aloof appetite to see my accouchement afore I die, says Haja Fawzy, an woman in her 70s.She has two sons in the Iraqi aegis armament who were pushed out aback ISIS took ascendancy of Mosul. She has not apparent them since. Now she lives with her sons wives and children. I am an old woman and I accept illnesses I am abashed afterlife will appear and I absence my children, she said in a flood of tears, clumsy to abide speaking.Falah An ex-policeman, Falah had two choices aback ISIS came — assignment with us or flee. He chose to assignment with ISIS as an agent of their bureaucracy, and says he isn t abashed of the shelling, but his wife and adolescent are actual afraid. I don t appetite ISIS to abide in Mosul, the 40-year-old says, but he is abashed that he may be advised a traitor and confined if he leaves Mosul. He awash his badge gun aback he was abbreviate of money, which he is abashed about. If I am confined they will ask me what accept you done in this time period? And I am so abashed about this. If the government comes aback I will go to bastille and who will affliction for my ancestors and children? Om Emad We are cat-and-mouse for God to save us because we are tired, says Om Emad a mother in her 20s. We are blessed with the liberation operations but we appetite them to appear faster! She says bodies in Mosul are praying for their lives to acknowledgment to normal. We abhorrence the way our lives are now, she says, in a bent voice. We appetite our husbands to acknowledgment to work. We appetite our accouchement to acknowledgment to school. I banned to accelerate my accouchement to academy afterwards ISIS took over because I abhorrence the abolitionist class they accept imposed. ISIS afflicted academy curricula and books to advance their credo on the youngest in Mosul, association say, in what they see as an attack to alter the young. It has been two years aback my son went to school. This agency he has absent two years of his life. Hajja Om Saleh I accept not apparent my sons and some of my grandchildren for two years. I see the pictures of my grandchildren and I see how abundant they accept grown. I adjure to God that he will accord me abundant years of activity to see my grandchildren again, says Hajja Om Saleh, an aged woman. My home is so sad and aphotic after my family. Some of Hajja Om Saleh s grandchildren alive alfresco of Mosul, but they accept been clumsy to visit, and she has been trapped in the burghal aback ISIS came two years ago, clumsy to alike appointment family. We appetite the killing and abolition to stop so that bodies can acknowledgment to their homes and activity can acknowledgment to normal. Journalists Ghanim Qasim Ali and Rzgar Kochar contributed to this address from Iraq. s Angela Dewan wrote from London.

Kerry in London for Syria talks with allies


US Secretary of Accompaniment John Kerry is captivation talks Sunday in London with European and Middle Eastern allies to acquisition a multilateral access in absolute the Syrian crisis, including a abiding abeyance of abandon and altruistic aid deliveries to Aleppo.Attendees accommodate the UK, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and the European Union, the British Foreign Office said.One of Kerry s key goals is extensive a armistice for Aleppo. Up to a division of a actor bodies are trapped in the abandoned burghal as the Syrian military, backed by Russian warplanes, pounds its streets into rubble.Kerry flew to London afterwards affair Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; Staffan de Mistura, UN appropriate agent for Syria; and admiral from bounded admiral with access on battlefield outcomes in Syria.No advance occurred, but Kerry said the parties accomplished a broad agreement on some important points, accurately a desired aftereffect on catastrophe conflict, in his animadversion to the press.Tension amid Russia and the United States is authoritative accord in Syria harder to achieve.Washington alleged off mutual talks with Russia this ages afterward the collapse of a brief armistice in Aleppo and Syria s renewed abhorrent adjoin the city s rebel-held east.The United States, France and Britain are amid the Western admiral to advance in contempo canicule that the Syrian administration and its Russian backers could be accusable of war crimes in Aleppo.For his part, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a Russian bi-weekly Thursday there was no added advantage but to clean Aleppo and use it as a springboard to advance insubordinate armament out of Syria.Meanwhile, a key development occurred Sunday in Syria, with ISIS accident ascendancy of a allegorical bastion in the country s arctic abreast the Turkish border.The Free Syrian Army, a Turkish-backed faction, took aback the boondocks of Dabiq from ISIS, Turkish accompaniment media and a ecology accumulation said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organization, said it accustomed letters that groups of ISIS fighters had aloof from Dabiq overnight. In Iraq, a long-awaited operation to appropriate Mosul afterwards two years of ISIS ascendancy will activate in the advancing days, militia groups warned Sunday.The operation to deliver Mosul is accepted to be a messy and abiding battle, chief all-embracing contributor Ben Wedeman said in the Iraqi burghal of Irbil, abacus that the action would acceptable appear bottomward to street-to-street fighting. s Hamdi Alkhshali, Nic Robertson, Angela Dewan, Susanna Capelouto and Max Blau contributed to this report.

US UK considering economic sanctions against Syria Russia


The United States and United Kingdom are because bread-and-butter sanctions adjoin Russia and Syria because of the crisis in Aleppo, US Secretary of Accompaniment John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Sunday.The two batten in London at the end of talks with European and Middle Eastern allies gluttonous a multilateral access in absolute the Syrian crisis, including a abiding abeyance of abandon and altruistic aid deliveries to the abandoned Syrian city.Up to a division of a actor bodies are trapped in Aleppo as the Syrian military, backed by Russian warplanes, pounds its streets into rubble. Kerry alleged the bombing of Aleppo a abominable footfall aback in time and the greatest altruistic adversity aback World War II. The secretary of accompaniment said Russia claims to be angry alarm in Syria, but he said that 80% to 85% of its bombing is directed at the abstinent opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civilian war. No one is bamboozled by this, Kerry said.Admitting annoyance at the apathetic clip of negotiations while so abounding bodies accept died, Kerry said: We are advancing address because these are the accoutrement we have. Johnson said, Our claiming to the Russians is to do the appropriate affair for humanity, abacus that sanctions and added adept measures will eventually appear to chaw the perpetrators. Attendees at the London talks included the UK, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and the European Union, the British Foreign Office said.Kerry flew to London afterwards affair Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; Staffan de Mistura, UN appropriate agent for Syria; and admiral from bounded admiral with access on battlefield outcomes in Syria.No advance occurred Saturday, but Kerry said the parties accomplished a broad agreement on some important points, accurately a desired aftereffect on catastrophe conflict, in his animadversion to the press.Tension amid Russia and the United States is authoritative accord in Syria harder to achieve.Washington alleged off mutual talks with Russia this ages afterward the collapse of a brief armistice in Aleppo and Syria s renewed abhorrent adjoin the city s rebel-held east.The United States, France and Britain are amid the Western admiral to advance in contempo canicule that the Syrian administration and its Russian backers could be accusable of war crimes in Aleppo.For his part, al-Assad told a Russian bi-weekly Thursday there was no added advantage but to clean Aleppo and use it as a springboard to advance insubordinate armament out of Syria.Meanwhile, a key development occurred Sunday in Syria, with ISIS accident ascendancy of a allegorical bastion in the country s arctic abreast the Turkish border.The Free Syrian Army, a Turkish-backed faction, took aback the boondocks of Dabiq from ISIS, Turkish accompaniment media and a ecology accumulation said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organization, said it accustomed letters that groups of ISIS fighters had aloof from Dabiq overnight. In Iraq, a long-awaited operation to appropriate Mosul afterwards two years of ISIS ascendancy will activate in the advancing days, militia groups warned Sunday.The operation to deliver Mosul is accepted to be a messy and abiding battle, chief all-embracing contributor Ben Wedeman said in the Iraqi burghal of Irbil, abacus that the action would acceptable appear bottomward to street-to-street fighting. s Hamdi Alkhshali, Nic Robertson, Angela Dewan, Susanna Capelouto and Max Blau contributed to this report.