Mosul is an important city in northern Iraq. It is an ancient city with a long history, but was devastated by ISIS, which took control of the city in 2014. In 2017, the full liberation of Mosul was declared.
A US-based activist’s post, ostensibly meant to “raise awareness” about Syrian civilians, turned out to be a complete fabrication. Twitterati found the photos he used were actually from Gaza and Mosul.
The burden for civilians is still incredibly heavy in Mosul, six months after the end of the battle for the city, a UNICEF representative in Iraq told RT. People remain in desperate need for basic healthcare services.
A musician once hunted by Islamic State in Mosul says the people there are dying from a lack of medical treatment and feel “forgotten” by the US-led coalition, whose bombs banished the terrorists but also destroyed the city.
Her decomposing body lies amid scores of others. It’s difficult to say who the girl is, or how long she’s been there. But her image is a tragic symbol of the price Mosul paid for liberation – and of how much needs to be done.
More than half a year after being liberated, Mosul's battle wounds still fester. Entire districts lie in ruins with bodies scattered in the streets, and locals say they have yet to see the aid they were promised.
From reports on the Las Vegas mass shooting, to the Grenfell Tower inferno, and the destruction of Mosul, RT.com has endeavored to keep its readers informed in 2017 – a year jam-packed with jaw-dropping news stories.