March 30, 2015

ISIS Rule Just Like The Days of Saddam Hussein

Zombie Saddam rules in Mosul.

When fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a number of other rebel groups captured much of northern and central Iraq last summer, 50-year-old Sidiqa* - a resident of Mosul - reacted with euphoria.
Sidiqa, like many of her neighbours, initially viewed the fighters as liberators who broke the grip of a government they considered oppressive. But since ISIL's black banner was hoisted over the city - Iraq's second-largest, with nearly two million people - life has become much more difficult.

"I could not even go out on my own to get groceries," said Sidiqa, who now lives in the Kurdish-controlled city of Erbil. "As a woman, I was not allowed to go out without the company of a male family member."

I for one am scratching my archaeological vacation in Mosul. Its become a bit too archaeological if you know what I mean.

By Howie at 08:41 AM | Comments |