The Horrors of War

Mosul first turned up in history almost 3.000 years ago. Its population during the centuries were Arabs, with Assyrians, Armenians, Turkmens, Kurds, Yazidis, Shabakis, Mandaeans, Kawliya, Circassians and other ethnic minorities. What took so long to build and cultivate is now utterly destroyed. The extent of devastation is unbelievable.

Supposedly daesh fighters lie in the rubble of Mossul's alleyways, left to rot and be eating by straying dogs. With temperatures of 45°C and more, the smell of decay is close to unbearable.

After several days of declaring the liberation of Mosul there are still nests of Daesh in two neighborhoods of Old Town. No one knows for sure how many extremists hide out in the narrow alleyways and tunnels that have been prepared for this battle. The current situation is to be described as highly volatile at best... it ain't over yet.

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Gruesome Remains

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