Starving civilians and suicide bombings: The terrible truth of liberating Mosul

by Tom Westcott July 6, 2017

Girl waits for medical attention in Mosul on Monday. Credit Felipe Dana/Associated Press

Conflict can contribute to hunger and starvation. It is happening in Mosul, Iraq.

“Don’t open the door under any circumstances,” shouts Iraqi special forces soldier Salem, as his Humvee climbs over the wreckage of Mosul’s Old City. “Daesh run out from houses and side streets and blow themselves up anytime.”

Large military vehicles were never supposed to be part of the battle for the Old City – its ancient streets are too narrow. But the intensity of the airstrikes in the final stages of the offensive against so-called Islamic State has been so great that armoured bulldozers now plough their way through.