after isis

The Things They Carried: The Iraqis Who Fled Mosul - for Foreign Policy Magazine

Escaping war and the Islamic State, families took with them what little they could carry — remembrances of loved ones and the past.

Often, there is little function or utility to these items — a broken watch, a child’s garment, a handful of worn photographs. They are tokens of the life — and the people — they left behind.

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Booby-traps … but no Baghdadi: the men cleaning up after Isis in northern Iraq - for The Guardian

“Look how quickly they ran from here,” said Dr al-Khafaf, an emergency medic who had moved into Ba’aj hospital as soon as Isis moved out. “We were not expecting it to be so sudden. Ever since, he and other medics have had to pick their way through a hospital littered with improvised explosives. Above him, Isis had written a warning to female visitors, which read: “Your attention please. Please abide by the sharia dress code, or there will be consequences.”

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IDPs Return to Qayyarah - AP

Work covering the civilian convoy traveling from Dibaga Camp to their homes in Qayyarah, Iraq on Tuesday for AP. As fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group continues, some villages like Qayyarah are now back under Iraqi government control and open for civilians to return. (All images copyright Cengiz Yar/AP Photo)