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One-minute video, by Associated Press, July 3, 2017   (and extensive related reports further below)

Old City of Mosul, Iraq on July 3, 2017 (screenshot from AP video)

Note by New Cold
The eastern districts of the city of Aleppo, Syria were liberated from right-wing, jihadist forces in December 2016 by a ceasefire and evacuation agreement negotiated by the Syrian government and facilitated by Russian military forces in the country. Western governments and Western media called it a disaster. They said a recriminatory bloodbath by the Syrian government would follow. One United Nations representative called the outcome of fighting in Aleppo “the end of humanity”. This theme was picked up widely by Western media and by some left-wing media in the West.

The wild predictions of a bloodbath were never came to pass, predictably so. They recall similar predictions at the time of the defeat of the U.S. military in Vietnam in 1975. There, too, the predictions were false, but they aided the U.S. propaganda machine because hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people were driven by instilled fear to flee the country in boats, risking their lives.

By contrast, there is little critical analysis in Western media of the humanitarian disaster in the Iraqi city of Mosul as the Iraqi military and its Western backers close in on retaking the city. The civilian toll of the fighting has been very heavy. Nor is there much discussion of how ISIS arose and came to control Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, in the first place. The reason for the rise of ISIS is, of course, the illegal and disastrous invasion of Iraq by the United States in 2003.

Related videos and news:
Drone footage of the mosque in western Mosul destroyed by ISIS forces, drone footage by Associated Press dating from June 28, 2017, uploaded to Youtube on July 3

Driving through the Old City of Mosul on July 2, 2017, four minute video from Twitter, uploaded to YouTube on July 2, 2017

Iraqi forces fighting in Mosul, Iraq, six-minute video by France 24, with English voiceover or captions, June 29, 2017

Civilians emerge from Mosul’s rubble starving, injured and traumatized, New York Times, July 3, 2017

Mosul offensive early 2017, documentary film by Channel Four (UK), 24 minutes, February 2017

Torture and murder by Western-led military forces in the ‘liberation’ of Mosul, Iraq, reporting by ABC News (U.S.), Toronto Star and Der Spiegel, May 25-26, 2017

Torture, rape, executions: Iraq says will investigate reported atrocities by Mosul liberators,, May 24, 2017

Abu Ghraib 2.0? Iraqi army filmed abusing captives in Mosul, video news report on, June 6, 2017

Photographer reveals Iraqi forces’ abuse of captives, video news report on, June 7, 2017


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