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Residents of Iraq’s Mosul Fight Over Food

Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul fought each other around trucks delivering humanitarian aid as they jostled for scant supplies on Monday, while government troops fighting to retake the city from Islamic State militants inched closer toward the city center.

The Iraqi government and various humanitarian organizations sent trucks loaded with food and clothes into liberated areas of Mosul, still home to more than 1 million people caught up in the ongoing, six-week-old operation to retake the northern Iraqi city.

The government launched a massive campaign on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul, Iraq‘s second largest city and the extremist group’s last major urban center in the country.

Most gains have been made by the special forces operating in the section of Mosul east of the Tigris river. Other forces are advancing on the city from different directions, and the U.S.-led coalition is providing airstrikes and other support.

However, the campaign has been slowed down because of the presence of civilians inside the city, preventing both the Iraqis and the U.S.-led coalition from using overwhelming firepower.

A senior commander in the eastern sector of Mosul, Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil of the special forces said his men on Monday advanced farther in the large and densely populated neighborhood of Zohour. He said about 60 percent of the area was now retaken from IS.

He said the airstrikes destroyed two suicide car bombs in Zohour before they reached their intended targets. Another five suicide car bombs exploded when his men fired at them before they reached their targets, he added.

The special forces also reached the Masarif neighborhood in the northeast of the city. Their patrols, however, were repeatedly targeted by sniper fire and mortars. They responded with machine gun fire.

On Sunday, the main hospital treating trauma victims from the battle for Mosul was overflowing with civilian and military casualties, according to a doctor there.

Dr. Marwan Ghafuri of the West Irbil Hospital, the main triage center for trauma cases from the Mosul battle, said his facility is admitting up to 150 new patients per day

“The problem here is we have not enough beds in the emergency (room),” he said. “We have a lack of medications and the operating rooms are full. We cannot operate immediately on all the patients.”

Ghafuri said he expects the influx of wounded to continue at the same level for the next three months as the Mosul operation continues.

The military does not publicize casualties, but medics have noted at least dozens of soldiers have died since the battle began last month.

NY Times

29 Comments on "Residents of Iraq’s Mosul Fight Over Food"

  1. Apneaman on Mon, 28th Nov 2016 7:45 pm 

    An American news anchor talking to an American reporter in London about events in Iraq??? I guess it’s safer that way huh? Oh and cheaper, way fucking cheaper. The MSM is going out of business as soon as the Boomers go extinct.

    Those people fighting for food look eerily similar to American savages on Black Friday.

    U.S. shoppers killed, injured in ‘Black Friday’ violence

  2. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 28th Nov 2016 8:07 pm 

    FOOD FIGHT !!!

  3. dissident on Mon, 28th Nov 2016 10:29 pm 

    Taste the freedom!

  4. GregT on Mon, 28th Nov 2016 10:46 pm 

    The illegal invasion and occupation that just keeps on giving and giving. Spreading peace, justice, freedom, and demokracy around the world, since 1776.

    Mission accomplished.

  5. Anonymous on Mon, 28th Nov 2016 11:56 pm 

    Was fighting for food a common, or even uncommon occurrence in Iraqi cities and towns prior to the uS…uhh…’liberating’ the Iraqi people?

    Somehow, I don’t think fighting for donated food was something those people used to have to do of much prior to the uS coming to their ‘rescue’. Nor was getting shot by cowardly amerikan snipers who prove their battle prowess by shooting women and children, amoung many other things.

  6. joe on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 1:18 am 

    Coming to a city near you…
    As Aleppo falls, Assad smashes ISIS and Al Qaeda, 3 mln sunnis who were Syrian have voted with their feet and now reside in Turkey. Next stop, Berlin, Cologne, Paris, Rome. Eastern Europe will beg for Russia, liberal western women wont be saying much from behind their burkas as their gay brothers are thrown from rooftops. Thanks Bush/Cheney, thanks liberal east coast skullsmen, thanks greedy banksters, thanks Clintons, thanks for making it such a great success. Oh and a big thanks to the feckless useless European leadership who as ususal are cheese eating surrender monkeys. Millions of migrants of whom only a small portion needs to be brainwashed to turn everything into blood and death.

  7. makati1 on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 2:50 am 

    joe, little brainwashing will be necessary when the ‘new neighbors’ get hungry and cold. The weak Europeans will be no match for the 3rd world barbarians. Sounds like the fall of Rome all over again, doesn’t it?

  8. makati1 on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 2:56 am 

    In other news:

    “Egypt’s open support of the Russia-backed coalition in Syria is a game changing event of fundamental importance. In the West, the war in Syria has been widely believed to be a conflict between Sunni and Shia forces – the 1400 old Islam schism. Now the largest Arab Sunni state has taken the side of the Syria’s government to become a coalition ally with Russia. The sectarian interpretation of the conflict is not valid anymore.”

    Seems the Imperial Fist is fast losing fingers. LOL

  9. Anonymous on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 3:26 am 

    The sunni shia ‘schism’ never was. A western media fiction, whose main purpose to try to provide some kind of thin justification for painting the entire region in black and white, and largely un-favorable terms. Its also of course easy for retarded amerikans to digest a simple, two-sided ‘conflict’, that w/o uS constant uS military action, would somehow spread and engulf the entire world. Or so the story spun by the managers of empire goes. It is used to help provide some kind of pseudo intellectual basis, for endless western efforts to ‘keep the world safe from the arab savages’, in effect.

    Try to imagine how ridiculous we’d find it, if the Arab world insisted on militarily garrisoning N.America and Eruope, and justifying this on the basis of the deep seated hatred and animosity between protestant and catholic. No one would buy an argument based on such a claim. Conversely, no one should buy into the idea there exists some kind existential knife-fight to the death, supposedly going on between Shia and Sunnis, and allegedly has been for 1000 years or more.

    Would amount to the same thing.

  10. makati1 on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 3:33 am 

    Anon, totally agree.

  11. joe on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 4:14 am 

    Only the leadership in Egypt is NOT islamist. Wake up people this is a war of Islamists against secularist Arab nationalists, just as Erdogan is an islamist, he supported isis when Clinton and the Qataris got it going, but they are against the secular Kurdish nationalists the YPG who give women kalashnikovs and tell them they are equal and to fight for their lives. Trump knows well ISIS are the enemy, but more than ISIS, the Saudi Wahabbis.

  12. joe on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 4:18 am 

    Mak I know muslim guys, Sunni by creed but not extremists who support Assad, lots of Sunni syrians support him, the people of East Aleppo fled into Assads army because Nusrah and the ‘white helmets’ were using them as human sheilds, guess what, no massacre instead Assad feeds them and puts them on buses to safety. America is doing the SAME thing in Iraq that Russia did in Syria.

  13. Davy on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 4:29 am 

    Lol, the boy wonder speaks “The Sunni Shia ‘schism’ never was”

  14. Davy on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 4:33 am 

    Someone should dig a little deeper and see this is about money, oil, and Saudi Arabia. Egypt is being a whore as usual looking for funding for their failed state. I think Putin is smart enough and not rich enough to support more than one Middle Eastern failed state.

    “Now the largest Arab Sunni state has taken the side of the Syria’s government to become a coalition ally with Russia.”

  15. makati1 on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 4:38 am 

    joe, America is still plundering and killing in Iraq. It needs to go home and mind it’s own business. Russia is in Syria by invitation, not invasion. No comparison.

  16. makati1 on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 4:48 am 

    joe, I live in a country that is about 11% Sunni. It has a long (1380s) history here. The only problem is with the previous Filipino governments which prevented their establishment of a separate area and leadership withing the Ps. Hopefully, Duterte will change that and work with them for peace. First, he has to kick the trouble-making Americans out of Mindanao. Soon, I hope.

  17. Davy on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 5:21 am 

    Last I checked killing is killing regardless if those bombs are Russian or American. Ideally everyone needs to leave these people to live their own tortured brutal lives and let these people figure it out themselves. I am sure either way they will destroy themselves but it will be their destruction not someone else’s.

  18. Hubert on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 5:37 am 

    Unfortunately, MSM is a part of the International Pedophine Ring that’s destroying the world.

  19. onlooker on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 7:13 am 

    A reality check for the anti Muslim crowd here.
    20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS and The Mainstream Media Completely Ignores It

  20. Hubert on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 9:47 am 

    They are the “E-lites” building bunkers?

  21. Hubert on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 9:49 am 

    Does look like CIA created ISIS:

  22. Cloggie on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 10:05 am 

    onlooker sez: 20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS

    From your link:

    In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS.

    You’re quite a character, onlooker.
    IS = Sunni.

    In unrelated news: in Belfast – Northern Ireland, tens of thousands of Protestants protested today against Catholics. Many windows were smashed. Window manufacturers called the protests ‘heartening’.

  23. onlooker on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 10:17 am 

    hmm, whose the character

  24. Shortend on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 11:03 am 

    Hope they have GOLD$ and a stash of tuna cans

  25. shortonoil on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 12:24 pm 

    “joe, America is still plundering and killing in Iraq.”

    When the Americans, British, French, Chinese, and etc. leave the Middle East because the oil is no longer worth pursuing (which will be at about $20 -$25/ barrel) their plight will be a 1000 times worse than what it is now. With 375 million people, and no way to feed and clothe but a small fraction of them on their barren terrain death will become as common as in a Chicago slaughter house. The days of allied war planes and ISIS slaughter hordes will be looked back upon as if they were once a paradise. The horrors of that the Middle East will experience have just begun!

  26. Anonymous on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 4:04 pm 

    Onlooker, its not call the USlamic state for nothing you know….

  27. makati1 on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 6:42 pm 

    Yes, Short, and the horror will NOT be confined to the ME. It will also reside in the Western countries that have even farther to fall and, like the ME, no safety net. Wait and see.

    Americans love to point the finger at others to distract from the same shit or worse in the U$. “They” will always be worse off the “We” will. More American bullshit. Denial is rampant in the uneducated, immoral, obese, druggie land called America.

  28. onlooker on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 6:48 pm 

    True Mak, for so long Americans have been fed the “we are exceptional BS” plus many living the modern affluent lifestyle. So I would agree that Denial is probably the greatest here than anywhere else.

  29. Hubert on Wed, 30th Nov 2016 2:18 am 

    America is run by Skull and Bones (322), Devill Warshiping Loons:

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