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Reem Salih
After escaping Iraq with our children, our experience as asylum seekers took its toll on my family’s health. Now, we are finally part of society. I’m a refugee from Mosul, Iraq. I came to the UK five years ago with my husband and three children, to escape the conflict that was tearing our country apart. Today, we have settled into our new lives, but our first days, weeks and months here were difficult. We knew adjusting to life in a new country would be hard, but we never imagined the endless challenges that we would face, for the most part, on our own.feedback
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Oct 25 2017
Mosul conflict has been commented on by 303 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Mosul conflict are: Steve Townsend, Haider al-Abadi, Lise Grande and Ameen Mokdad. For instance, the most recent quote from Steve Townsend is: “Following their historic liberation of Mosul and now a swift and decisive victory in Tal Afar, the ISF have shown, once again, they are an increasingly capable force that can protect the Iraqi people, defeat ISIS within Iraq and secure the country's borders. This is yet another significant achievement for the Iraqi Security Forces and the government and people of Iraq.”.
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Alaa Abdullah

Daesh fighters would ride in his cab and he would tell me what he heard.feedback

Mohammad Ibrahim Shabak

The Shabak living in Mosul don't want to give up their property, but at the same time they want to be part of Kurdistan Regional Government.feedback

Kaldo Oghanna

The Kurdistan Regional Government's anthem and the flag are Kurdish at the expense of others. It fails to reflect all ethnic groups.feedback

Salim al-Shabaki

The future of not just Shabak, but for all Ninevah, is a grey area.feedback

George Clooney

He was on this bus to Mosul, and ISIS shot the two bus drivers and said, Anybody who wants to go to college, we will shoot them,' . He survived and came to America. He got through all the checks, and once he got through those, it was like, Listen, we got your back. You want to get an education? You want to move your life forward? This is something that we can do.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

We pledge to you, our people, that we will continue to liberate every inch of Iraq.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

Tal Afar has been liberated. We say to the Islamic State (Daesh) fighters: Wherever you are, we are coming for you and you have no choice but to surrender or die.feedback

Steve Townsend

Following their historic liberation of Mosul and now a swift and decisive victory in Tal Afar, the ISF have shown, once again, they are an increasingly capable force that can protect the Iraqi people, defeat ISIS within Iraq and secure the country's borders. This is yet another significant achievement for the Iraqi Security Forces and the government and people of Iraq.feedback

Salah Kareem

A total of four suicide bombers driving vehicles rigged with explosives attacked our troops under sniper cover. We had to slow down to avoid high casualty rates among our soldiers.feedback

Salah Kareem

They have nothing to lose ... they will fight to the last breath.feedback

Salah Kareem

Our intelligence shows that the most diehard Daesh fighters fled Tal Afar to al-'Ayadiya.feedback

Abbas Radhi

There are also booby-trapped cars, mortars. But they've been defeated, God willing.feedback

Sabah al-Noman

Security forces have been totally ready…making use of all lessons learned in the Mosul fight and applying them in the Tal Afar battle. Moreover, the enemy was already exhausted by the long months of siege imposed on it [in Mosul], and this helped a lot in depleting most of [its] resources.feedback

Ibrahim al-Jaafari

Seventy percent of the city has been liberated.... God willing, the remaining part will be liberated soon.feedback

Ryan Dillon

The "coalition's goal is always for zero human casualties. We apply rigorous standards to our targeting process. Not since World War II has there been an urban assault on a city like Mosul. The only way to liberate the city was to go house by house and street by street.feedback

Mohammed Ali Mahmoud

They had no mercy. A sniper would fall with a bullet or a rocket. But to kill one sniper, seven houses were destroyed.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

I would say to Daesh fighters, you have no choice: Either surrender or die.feedback

Steve Townsend

It was the hardest combat I've witnessed in 35 years – this was Falluja on steroids. At the end, it took bulldozers plowing ISIS fighters under the rubble as Iraqi infantrymen advanced, shooting and throwing grenades. Bulldozers burying ISIS fighters in the rubble. A lot of them fought right to the end. I thought there might be more who surrendered.feedback

Yahya Rasool

At the end, we don't think they will be tougher than the battle of Mosul.feedback

Yahya Rasool

When we went into the city, there were tons of I.E.D.s, explosives, tunnels. We are cleaning now the city, and we hope that when everything is done, the citizens will come back and start their lives again.feedback

Steve Townsend

I'm of the belief that if it's history, there's nothing wrong with the world knowing about it. We want to help clear explosive remnants of war from Mosul, and from all the places we're helping the Iraqis fight. So we'll find a way to do it.feedback

Steve Townsend

Every army, if you fight over a piece of ground, you will leave a dud. Bombs don't go off. But we'll find a way to help them.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

Civilians in Mosul face incredible, terrifying risks. They are being shot at, there are artillery barrages, families are running out of supplies, medicines are scarce and water is cut-off.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

We think that by the end of those operations, several hundred thousand more civilians are likely to be displaced.feedback

Ryan Dillon

We've seen a less coherent ISIS defense in Raqqa compared to Mosul. ISIS is still using car bombs, booby traps, and civilians to hide behind, but their inability to address the multiple advances from the SDF is apparent.feedback

Najm al-Jabouri

It's a large number, but the terrain is favourable (to Iraqi forces).feedback

Najm al-Jabouri

I don't expect it will be a fierce battle even though the enemy is surrounded. The enemy is very worn out. I know from the intelligence reports that their morale is low.feedback

Khalid Taalo

I ran to her and she ran to me and we started crying and then we started laughing as well. We stayed like that holding each other, and we kept crying and laughing, until we fell to the ground.feedback

Nagham Nawzat Hasan

We thought the first cases were difficult. But those after the liberation of Mosul, they are very difficult.feedback

Faisal Jeber

It's an opportunity and it's just the right time to do it because if you talked to any Mosulawi about that before (IS), nobody would accept it. But now people came out of a radical Muslim experience, they are in shock. Either we do it this year and we use this opportunity or else we lose it forever. We have a very narrow window.feedback

Lorenz Haase

We as the public prosecutor's office Dresden have not applied for an arrest warrant and will therefore not be able to request extradition. There is the possibility that Linda might be put on trial in Iraq, she might as a foreigner be expelled or, because she is a minor reported missing in Germany, she could be handed over to Germany.feedback

Barbara Lueke

It was very surprising, though, that the girl has been radicalized in such a way.feedback

Lorenz Haase

Our information ends with the girl's arrival in Istanbul about a year ago.feedback

Mohamad Zuhair

It was living hell. Daesh denied you everything. You did not have the right to have a phone or wear jeans. I had to have a long beard.feedback

Safwan al-Habar

Two bombs attached to each other with wire. If you put your leg on it, it will explode.feedback

Yasin Abdullah

How will I secure my brother's rights and his children's?feedback

Emad Dulaimi

Security operations will be useless unless security forces control the desert.feedback

Yahya Rasool

We are a few hundred meters from the mosque now, we are advancing on al-Nuri. We know it means a lot to Daesh.feedback

Saad Maan

There are lots of snipers on top of the buildings in the Old City around the al-Nuri Mosque. We need to evacuate the families from inside as they using them as a shield when we are advancing on the mosque.feedback

Emad Dulaimi

It is not present as an organisation in cities but it carries out attacks by individuals. Car bombs. Suicide bombers. People fear Islamic State will come back. There are attacks every day.feedback

Tareq Youssef al-Asal

In the end these leaderships have no experience fighting in the desert.feedback

Hoshiyar Zebari

The notion of a caliphate is gone. The dream is gone. They will revert back to their old tactics of hit and run attacks. The hardcore will keep fighting.feedback

Patrick Simonnet - European Union

The Mosul victory is definitely the beginning of a new era in Iraq. We hope this new era will be an era of reconciliation and reconstruction.feedback

Patrick Simonnet - European Union

There's a cost -– an important cost in our view -– of not doing anything.feedback

Barbara Lueke

Linda is an example that shows this radicalization can happen in any part of the country where you have internet access. Here it was a case of radical Islam, but it could have also been right-wing extremism, alcohol or drugs.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

As Prime Minister Abadi enjoys victory in Mosul, he is ignoring the flood of evidence of his soldiers committing vicious war crimes in the very city he's promised to liberate. Abadi's victory will collapse unless he takes concrete steps to end the grotesque abuses by his own security forces.feedback

Abdulmohsen Mohammud

Now we are getting a lot of dehydrated kids, children with malnutrition.feedback

Muhamad Jasim

We do not have money to buy things. There is nothing for us but to sit here. We don't have enough food, we have to spend what money we have on vegetables, ice. The monthly food ration is not enough.feedback

Muhamad Jasim

Under Daesh (IS) it was very bad, no work, suffering, and they were very angry. We left behind a lot -- car, house. I was afraid for my kids. I had to leave.feedback

Bassam Hillo Kadhim

Heroes of the Emergency Rapid Division and the Federal Police seized these cars in successful night raids.feedback

Sami al-Aradi

I have participated in all of the battles of Iraq, but I've never seen anything like the battle for the old city. We have been fighting for each metre. And when I say we have been fighting for each metre, I mean it literally.feedback

Mansour Maroof Mansour

We can't identify the bodies in the river. They are very decomposed and there is nothing on them to use for identification.feedback

Lynn Maalouf - Amnesty International

The horrors that the people of Mosul have witnessed and the disregard for human life by all parties to this conflict must not go unpunished.feedback

Belkis Wille - Human Rights Watch

These horrific reports of mistreatment and murder have been met by silence from Baghdad, only further fostering the feeling of impunity among armed forces in Mosul. Prime Minister al-Abadi should immediately launch investigations into these serious crimes that appear to have been exposed in these videos, and also look into other recent reports of violations by armed forces in the context of the Mosul battle.feedback

Miriam Jordan

This month, [Watata Mwenda's family] [was] again lucky to make a skin-of-their-teeth escape, when an International Organization for Migration vehicle pulled into the camp and transported them to an airport, with one-way tickets to the United States. That made them one of the last refugee families without close relations in the country to be allowed in before President Trump's moratorium took effect.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

No terrorist escapes punishment and we will not issue an amnesty for the murderous terrorists.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

I chose to spend my birthday this year in Iraq to meet girls like 13-year-old Nayir. When extremists occupied Mosul, Nayir could not go to school for three years. Her family fled the city in April, when her father was captured by ISIS. They haven't heard from him since. Nayir is one of three million displaced people in Iraq. Half are children and almost half of them aren't in school. The odds are worse for girls.feedback

Belkis Wille - Human Rights Watch

Numerous witnesses on the front line have given me detailed reports of not only torture and extrajudicial killing of ISIS suspects captured by Iraqi security and military as they flee the Old City of Mosul, but a change in tenor, with armed forces no longer feeling the need to hide their actions.feedback

Saad Maan

There might be some misbehavior or inappropriate conduct by some of the forces, yes, but the investigation is going on. We are against any violation against any human being and this is the position of the government.feedback

Brett McGurk

We have identified 100 critical stabilization sites in and around Mosul which will be the immediate focus for de-mining and restoration. (The) United States last week announced an additional US$150 million for these stabilization programs. Today we are announcing more than US$119 million in additional humanitarian assistance and we hope to see similar contributions from our partners in this room in the coming weeks.feedback

Stanley Brown

When I look around the world in some ways there's nothing like Mosul that we've encountered. The level of contamination though is not one of those where we're talking weeks and months, we're talking years and maybe decades. If you look at the fact that we're still cleaning up unexploded ordnance in Southeast Asia and we've been there 20-plus years; in Afghanistan our program started in the 1988-1989 time frame and there's still a lot of work to do. We're talking years, if not over a decade to get everything done.feedback

Muhammed Nabila

The explosion seemed to come out of nowhere. He lost both his legs at the side of the road. No one was allowed to recover his body for days.feedback

Saad Maan

We looked and suspended a number of those forces shown in those pictures and there is currently an investigation being conducted. There might be some misbehavior or inappropriate conduct by some of the forces, yes, but the investigation is going on. We are against any violation against any human being and this is the position of the government.feedback

Steve Townsend

There are bypassed holdouts. We haven't cleared every building in this city the size of Philadelphia. That's going to have to be done, and there are also hidden IEDs (improvised explosive devices). There are still going to be losses from the Iraqi security forces as they continue to secure Mosul.feedback

Fahd Ghanim

We still live in an atmosphere of war despite the victory announcement two days ago. There are Daesh [fighters] hiding in different places. They disappear here and pop up there, then we target them.feedback

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor. We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.feedback

Nicolette Waldman

The final message of the report is that civilians went through a horrific ordeal, they really are in a catastrophe right now and hundreds of thousands have fled from Mosul, they deserve to have the violations that were carried out against them to be recognised, this is the first thing we are calling for, is public recognition, and then to have an independent commission look into which violations were committed and determine who might be responsible for those violations, who might be responsible for war crimes.feedback

Steve Townsend

The Iraqi government has expressed an interest in having the U.S. forces and the coalition forces remain after the defeat of ISIS. Our government is equally interested in that as are several coalition governments. I don't think we want to replay that.feedback

Steve Townsend

I don't think anybody really knows. I do know this: this afternoon there were some ISIS offers to negotiate surrender. There are fighters still there, hidden in these pockets.feedback

Jeremy Konyndyk - Disaster Assistance

Are we going to spend even a fraction of the amount on reconstruction? We should not make the same mistake this time (of) taking a really military-centric approach to our engagement and once the military job is done, stripping out most of the other tools.feedback

Marcia Brophy - Save the Children

These children are not going to heal in weeks, or even months. They'll need support for years to come.feedback

Marcia Brophy - Save the Children

Their time under ISIS, and making a life-or-death escape, has taken a truly terrible toll.feedback

Marcia Brophy - Save the Children

What was striking was how introverted and withdrawn children have become. They rarely even smiled. It was as though they had lost the ability to be children.feedback

Steve Townsend

I think all of us can look back to the end of 2011 when the U.S. and coalition forces left Iraq the last time and saw what played out in the intervening three years. I don't think we want to replay that. This fight is far from over. So I wouldn't expect to see any significant change in our troop levels in the immediate future because there's still hard work to be done by the Iraqis and the coalition.feedback

Steve Townsend

Now it is time for all Iraqis to unite to ensure ISIS (Islamic State) is defeated across the rest of Iraq and that the conditions that led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq are not allowed to return again.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have been left with a Mosul in ruins. Who will meet the cost of rebuilding Mosul for the people of Mosul?feedback

Haider al-Abadi

The end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism which [ISIS] announced from Mosul.feedback

Lynn Maalouf - Amnesty International

The scale and gravity of the loss of civilian lives during the military operation to retake Mosul must immediately be publicly acknowledged at the highest levels of government in Iraq and states that are part of the U.S.-led coalition. Entire families have been wiped out, many of whom are still buried under the rubble today. The people of Mosul deserve to know, from their government, that there will be justice and reparation so that the harrowing impact of this operation is duly addressed.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

This great feast day crowned the victories of the fighters and the Iraqis for the past three years.feedback

Steve Townsend

It'd make me feel better to know that he was dead… Someone is guiding ISIS, the organization. And what we have seen with all these paramount leaders is you take them out, and someone else steps up. So, if he is dead, that means someone is running ISIS and I think that they're trying to keep it quiet for their own morale… It would probably uplift, I think, our partners.feedback

Goran Tomasevic - Reuters

I took the picture seconds later standing just behind the shooter in silhouette, with the suicide bomber visible through a shell hole in the house wall, dead on the ground in a spreading pool of blood.feedback

Steve Townsend

I reject any notion that coalition fires were in any way imprecise, unlawful or excessively targeted civilians. I would challenge the people from Amnesty International or anyone else out there who makes these charges to first research their facts and make sure they are speaking from a position of authority.feedback

Goran Tomasevic - Reuters

It was close and total panic ensued. People were screaming, ducking and running away. It was pretty heavy stuff, extremely close-range war fighting.feedback

Joseph Scrocca

Right now, there are a handful of holdout ISIS [Islamic State group] terrorists that the Iraqi security forces are still trying to root out of the Old City.feedback

Michael Knights

The strategy in Iraq will be to prevent an ISIL (Islamic State) recurrence and to prevent an expulsion of the U.S. by Iranian-backed actors. The two issues are viewed as linked. There is a lot of Iraq experience inside this administration and it shows in the long-term commitment to Iraqi security that is being offered.feedback

Hisham Hatem

Daesh, when they came to Iraq, their goal was to destroy everything.feedback

Muhammad Abdul Abbas

Honestly, all this death and all this destruction – I don't believe it was worth it.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

From here, from the heart of the liberated and free Mosul, by the sacrifices of the Iraqis from all the provinces, we declare the great victory for all of Iraq and Iraqis. This is a great celebration that crowned the victories of the fighters and the Iraqis over the last three years.feedback

Abdul-Ghani al-Asadi

There's no accurate estimate for the Daesh fighters and the families who are stuck there.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism, which the terrorist Daesh announced from Mosul. I hereby pay homage to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and his historic fatwa, calling on all Iraqi citizens to defend their country. I also pay tribute to all Iraqi fighters and soldiers, who played a role in this battle and the families of the martyrs.feedback

Sami Al-Aridhi

This was the toughest battle we ever fought. An enemy we fought in the streets and the alleyways, this is the time we have signaled their demise.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

The world did not imagine that Iraqis could eliminate Daesh. This is all a result of the sacrifices of the heroic fighters who impressed the world with their courage.feedback

Abu Abd

There is nothing left for me to go back to in Mosul.feedback

Donya Ammar

The main obstacle to reconstruction is the government–both federal and local. Of course we are afraid of Mosul [reconstruction] taking a long time. If we don't do it quickly ... the economy can't function.feedback

Vera Mironova

Reconstruction aid is going to be spent ineffectively. Mosul University was completely trashed. Lots of NGOs that want to help will try to rebuild buildings, because they need those to cut ribbons on primetime TV. But the problem is that there are no teachers.feedback

Jalil Younis

Very little money is coming from the government because it's being spent on the military … We get almost nothing.feedback

Patrick Work

It's going to continue to be hard every day. Iraqi security forces need to be on the top of their game, and we need to be over their shoulder helping them as they move through this transition to consolidate gains and really sink their hold in on the west side [of Mosul]. [Islamic State] will challenge this.feedback

Abdul-Ghani al-Asadi

But we will not accuse them of anything, if they don't carry weapons they are civilians.feedback

Aisha Abdullah

I will leave Mosul because it has become a destroyed city. In every corner of it, there is memory and blood. There is no use in reconstructing the city if the people of Mosul don't change.feedback

Steve Townsend

The global Coalition fighting ISIS congratulates Prime Minister al-Abadi and the Iraqi Security Forces on their historic victory against a brutal and evil enemy.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

It's a relief to know that the military campaign in Mosul is ending. The fighting may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is not. Many of the people who have fled have lost everything. They need shelter, food, health care, water, sanitation, and emergency kits. The levels of trauma we are seeing are some of the highest anywhere. What people have experienced is nearly unimaginable.feedback

Intisar al-Jibouri

The people of Mosul need to be psychologically treated and rehabilitated through long-term programs. They have lost family members, been tortured, beaten for silly reasons by ISIS.feedback

Jabar Yawar - Kurdistan Regional Government

Right now we are only fighting Daesh militarily. There is nothing, no plan. We are fighting, and that's it.feedback

Nuri Kamal al-Maliki

Syria and Iraq are closely connected. If the situation in Syria is unstable, Iraq will be unstable. The state cannot control the situation. The coming phase will be bad.feedback

Ranj Alaaldin

Although Islamic State’s caliphate has fallen, it would be a mistake to expect harmony in northern Iraq any time soon• Ranj Alaaldin is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Doha. The liberation of Mosul is complete. Islamic State is unlikely to again govern and control large swaths of territory in the near future. While the past three years of war have been brutal, there will be some justice and respite for those who have lost friends and family to Isis, as well as for the broader Iraqi population that has had to put up with it and its ilk for more than a decade.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

In western Mosul, what we're seeing is the worst damage of the entire conflict. In those neighbourhoods where the fighting has been the fiercest, we're looking at levels of damage incomparable to anything else that has happened in Iraq so far. What that shows is that the level of damage is far higher than we expected and that's why the cost of stabilisation is far higher.feedback

Atheel al-Nujaifi

We are back to where we were before Mosul fell, (because) there is an idea among the hardline Shi'ite leadership to keep the liberated areas as loose areas, with no (local) political leadership, or security organizations, so they can control them.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Mosul liberated from Isil: France pays homage to all those, who alongside our troops, contributed to this victory.feedback

Sami al-Aridi - Cts

The women are fighting with their children right beside them. It's making us hesitant to use air strikes, to advance. If it weren't for this we could be finished in just a few hours.feedback

Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi

We've been fighting this terrorist group for 3 1/2 years now. Now we are in Mosul, the east part was liberated, and there's only a small part left in the west.feedback

Claude Nobs

Montreux Jazz is a brand name, and most of the people know what to expect.feedback

Zuhair Hazim al-Jibouri

Do you know that most of the ISIS fighters have shaved their beards and took off their clothes, and now they are free?feedback

Sami al-Aradi

I have been with the Iraqi Army for 40 years. I have participated in all of the battles of Iraq, but I've never seen anything like the battle for the old city. We have been fighting for each meter. And when I say we have been fighting for each meter, I mean it literally.feedback

Aisha Abdullah

There is no use in reconstructing the city if the people of Mosul don't change. There are still many people who assist ISIS, and the acts of violence will never end.feedback

Marwan Saeed

Frankly, I'm desperate over the future. ISIS destroyed the people's mentality, and the wars destroyed the infrastructure, and we paid the price. There is no such thing as the phase after ISIS. ISIS is a mentality, and this mentality will not end with guns alone.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Violence continues to be directed against civilians, with complete disrespect for civilian protection.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Fighting remains brutal in purpose and reprehensible in method. The imperative to fight terrorism must not, however, be undertaken at the expense of civilians who unwillingly find themselves living in areas where ISIL is present.feedback

Salah Hassan Hamid

The attack started two days ago. Daesh took Imam Gharbi village.feedback

Patrick Martin

Regardless of how you defeat ISIS (in Mosul), the city is going to face a threat of ISIS resurgence. Two undersized Iraqi army units, police and tribal fighters. . It's just not enough to stave off a concerted IS attempt to re-infiltrate.feedback

Ali Akbar Velayati

Today the highway of resistance starts in Tehran and reaches Mosul, Damascus and Beirut.feedback

Sami al-Aridi - Cts

The women are fighting with their children right beside them. It's making us hesitant to use airstrikes, to advance. If it weren't for this we could be finished in just a few hours. For a child, even if his father is a criminal, what has he done? At the same time, my men are still taking casualties. We had 14 wounded today already.feedback

Pete Reed

The majority of suicide vest attacks in the past few days have been by females.feedback

Abdul-Ghani al-Asadi

These are not children. They are cubs of the caliphate.feedback

Ruqaya Mahmoud

They suspect we are all Daesh families, but we aren't.feedback

Abdel Assad

My son! Please let me wait for him, he didn't do anything.feedback

Fadhel Hadad

Don't pretend you are too tired to speak. Give him water and he'll speak. He will follow you.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

For families that come from other neighbourhoods that are moderately destroyed, I think we can expect that many of them will try to go back and they'll do the best they can to try to rebuild.feedback

Ana Locsin - Save the Children

Children escaping Mosul have gone through horror piled upon horror. They have been starved and abused inside the city. Explosive weapons have been dropped in narrow streets by all sides with little regard to their impact. But the impact on children is clear: even if they make it out alive, they are left scarred and broken. And right now, that's what Mosul's future looks like.feedback

Marcia Brophy - Save the Children

What was striking was how introverted and withdrawn children have become. They rarely even smiled. It was as though they had lost the ability to be children. When we asked them what they liked about themselves, children often said things like 'I'm quiet', I stay in a safe place' or 'I obey orders'. Their time under Isis, and making a life-or-death escape, has taken a truly terrible toll. These children are not going to heal in weeks, or even months. They'll need support for years to come.feedback

Ana Locsin - Save the Children

Life-saving aid like shelter, food and water are crucial in this crisis – but to help children recover and rebuild after their ordeals psychological support must be considered a priority. The world must do more to repair the damage.feedback

Ahmed Fadil

They cry and then – boom! They explode themselves. The closer we get to victory, the more suicide bombers they will send.feedback

Bruno Geddo - United Nations

Its like coming back from the afterworld and so we are doing everything we can, but to be honest I don't think we have the tools with his level of trauma. They have seen unspeakable violence.feedback

Bruno Geddo - United Nations

Whenever we receive people from there, they look aghast. Like someone who has gone through an experience like hell.feedback

Bruno Geddo - United Nations

I cannot see how, with such a level of destruction, they could return immediately.feedback

Raed Shakir Jawdat

Unfortunately until now there are families besieged and there are many discarded enemy corpses, and unfortunately many civilians have been martyred, so we must remove them. The areas must be cleared of bombs. We must make the areas safe so that civilians can return.feedback

Mohammed Sinan

I am afraid to go to security authorities [either the police or Iraqi troops] to give them information about a terrorist because he might be released. He might know I was the one who went to the security authorities and then I might be killed.feedback

Zuher Al-Juburi

Some of them pay [authorities] $200 to get documents which prove they are not affiliated with ISIS which means they can go everywhere in Iraq free.feedback

Zuher Al-Juburi

The only thing they did is they shaved their beards and changed their clothes. It is wrong to say that these are sleeping ISIS cells, because they are active and launch terror attacks from time to time.feedback

Zuher Al-Juburi

ISIS is defeated as an organisation, but it is not defeated as a terror group. There is no Islamic State anymore but their fighters and supporters are still there and they are ready to carry out terrorist attacks at any time.feedback

Mohammed Sinan

There are at least 30 ISIS terrorists in my neighborhood. We know them very well.feedback

Douglas Layton

We get a lot of people who want to go to Mosul, but we absolutely refuse to take anyone anywhere that is unsafe. There are people with these fly-by-night organizations that will.feedback

Patrick Work

We're helping [Iraqi forces] see across the boundaries between their different units... just helping them understand where they are and how rapidly things might be changing. It's a very violent close fight. When the bullets aren't enough the [Iraqi] commanders want to turn to high explosives which might be mortars or artillery... so understanding where the other guy is all the time is kind of rule number one, so the lethal effect is directed at the target and not accidentally at another player that's on your team.feedback

Steve Townsend

And we shoot every boat we find. If you want to get out of Raqqa right now, you've got to build a poncho raft. Mosul has got some big buildings, but they are spread out over the city. Here there are a cluster of tall, dominant type of buildings. They are hard for any army on the planet.feedback

Haider Fadhil

For us, the airstrikes are better than artillery because they allow us to target the enemy accurately. They help us minimize civilian casualties and casualties among our own forces.feedback

Manhal Munir

My mother was stuck between two large blocks of cement. We tried to free her.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

For any commander, there is no substitute for seeing it with your own eyes... for talking to the stakeholders who are in it making the decisions every day. ISIS (Daesh) has no boundaries, so our adviser network can't have any boundaries. And so part of it is getting out there daily to see it.feedback

Patrick Work

Mosul is going to be a challenge, ISIS is going to continue to challenge the hold. We will continue to help Iraqi commanders recognize that this is what you fought for.feedback

Frederic Cussigh - United Nations

Regardless of the outcome of the battle, the humanitarian situation will be critical for a lot longer than we anticipated.feedback

Maan al-Saadi

The advance continues to Midan neighbourhood. Controlling it means we have reached the Tigris River.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

The return of Nuri mosque and minaret of Hadba today after being [destroyed] by ISIS marks the end of Daesh State falsehood. We will continue chasing ISIS until we kill and arrest [every] last one of them.feedback

Ryan Dillon

The Old City still remains a difficult, dense, suffocating fight – tight alleyways with booby traps, civilians and (ISIS) fighters around every corner.feedback

Yahya Rasool

Iraqi forces have liberated the Nuri mosque and advanced in the depth of Old Mosul neighborhood.feedback

Harjit Sajjan

The coalition has made significant progress in the fight against Daesh in Mosul. As the situation evolves, coalition allies and partners must remain flexible and adapt to changing threats.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

We will continue to fight Daesh until every last one of them is killed or brought to justice. We are seeing the end of the fake Daesh state, the liberation of Mosul proves that. We will not relent, our brave forces will bring victory.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh (ISIL) state of falsehood.feedback

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

Al Hadba minaret and Al Nuri Mosque in Mosul were among the most iconic sites in the city, and stood as a symbol of identity, resilience and belonging. This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy.feedback

Michael Fallon

Three years on from when Daesh declared its so-called caliphate in Mosul, this evil death cult faces its endgame in the city. In Syria, there is now irreversible momentum and progress towards Daesh's defeat in Raqqa, with the SDF (US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces) already controlling nearly 15 per cent of the city.feedback

Raed Shaker Jawdat

In a few days, our forces will reach Cornishe Street and bring the battle to its conclusion.feedback

Abdul Ghani al-Assadi

Only a small part remains in the city, specifically the Old City, . From a military perspective, Daesh (Islamic State) is finished. It lost its fighting spirit and its balance, we are making calls to them to surrender or die.feedback

Sami al-Arithi

Most of the dead bodies are foreigners, most of the fighters are foreigners, we see some trying to escape across the Tigris.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

As our heroic forces are closer to declaring final victory over the Daesh (Islamic State) gangs, I offer my most sincere congratulations for Eid al-Fitr.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

Fighting is very intense in the old city and civilians are at extreme, almost unimaginable risk. There are reports that thousands, maybe even tens of thousands, of people are being held as human shields. Hundreds of civilians, including children, are being shot. Humanitarian partners are doing everything we can at trauma points near the front-line to stabilize patients, and then in field hospitals where people are receiving life-saving support.feedback

William J. Marks - Defense Intelligence Agency

As Mosul and Raqqa come under increasing pressure, we've seen ISIS elements moving into the Euphrates River Valley over the past few months.feedback

Amir al-Jumaili

It was the last icon for the historic city of Mosul and a valuable symbol. I am sure Mosul residents could not sleep last night.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri Mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat. It's a matter of a few days and we will announce the total liberation of Mosul.feedback

Brett McGurk

Late yesterday [Wednesday], as Iraqi security forces closed in on that mosque about a hundred meters away, ISIS blew it up, a mosque that sat there since the 12th century, ISIS blew it up.feedback

Ryan Dillon

The Iraqi security forces are continuing to push into remaining ISIS-held territory. There are two square kilometers left in West Mosul before the entire city is liberated.feedback

Joseph Martin

As our Iraqi security force [ISF] partners closed in on the al-Nouri mosque, Isis destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq's great treasures. This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisation must be annihilated. The responsibility of this devastation is laid firmly at the doorstep of Isis, and we continue to support our Iraqi partners as they bring these terrorists to justice. However, the battle for the liberation of Mosul is not yet complete, and we remain focused on supporting the ISF with that objective in mind.feedback

Brett McGurk

In June 2014, Mosul, a city of nearly 2 million people felt to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate from the mosque, the grand mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul's Old City. And late yesterday, as Iraqi security forces closed in on that mosque about a hundred meters away, ISIS blew it up, a mosque that sat there since the 12th century, ISIS blew it up.feedback

Steve Townsend

I was just in Mosul Wednesday afternoon and close enough to see the mosque and its famous leaning minaret. Little did I know it was for the last time. This is just another example that ISIS is a cruel, heartless and god-less ideology that cannot be permitted to exist in this world.feedback

Ján Kubiš

This latest barbaric act of blowing up a historic Islamic site adds to the annals of Daesh's crimes against Islamic, Iraqi and human civilization. The destruction by the hands of Daesh of this mosque, where the leader of Daesh declared the so-called Caliphate, as the Security Forces closed in on the remaining Daesh terrorists in Mosul, shows their desperation and signals their end.feedback

Joseph Martin

As our Iraqi Security Force partners closed in on the al-Nuri mosque, ISIS destroyed one of Mosul's and Iraq's great treasures. This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organization must be annihilated. The responsibility of this devastation is laid firmly at the doorstep of ISIS, and we continue to support our Iraqi partners as they bring these terrorists to justice. However, the battle for the liberation of Mosul is not yet complete, and we remain focused on supporting the ISF with that objective in mind.feedback

Nora Love

This will be a terrifying time for around 100,000 people still trapped in Mosul's old city and now at risk of being caught up in fierce street fighting to come. With its narrow and winding streets, Iraqi forces will be even more reliant on airstrikes despite the difficulty in identifying civilians sheltering in buildings and the increased risks of civilians being used as human shields by ISIS fighters.feedback

Robert Mardini

This is all the more alarming as new offensives (against Islamic State militants) get under way in cities like Raqqa in Syria or intensify in Mosul, Iraq.feedback

Andrej Mahecic

It is tragic that this happened to people who have gone through so much.feedback

Joel Millman - International Organization for Migration

I don't know the name of the restaurant, but that's what our person on the site is reporting today.feedback

Rzgar Obed

To be honest, we checked all the tents and couldn't find that anyone died.feedback

Jeffrey Harrigian

We're able to either blind them so they can't see or make sure they can't hear us. There are things we are doing both with space and cyber that are being effectively synchronized to achieve important effects even in Mosul and Raqqa.feedback

Amran Waabdullah Jumaa

She was killed by these American smart bombs or whatever they call them.feedback

Aida Nuh

The best day of my life is the day when Christina came back.feedback

Donald J. Trump

In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region.feedback

Steve Townsend

We all saw the heinous attack in Manchester, England. ISIS threatens all of our nations, not just Iraq and Syria, but in our own homelands as well. This cannot stand. The international coalition and our partner forces are steadily dismantling the physical caliphate of ISIS. Once ISIS is defeated in both Mosul and Raqqa, there will still be a lot of hard fighting ahead, but this coalition is strong and committed to the complete annihilation of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.feedback

Steve Townsend

The fight for Raqqa will be long and difficult. It's hard to convince new recruits that ISIS is a winning cause when they just lost their twin capitals in both Iraq and Syria. Once ISIS is defeated in both Mosul and Raqqa, there will still be a lot of hard fighting ahead. But this Coalition is strong and committed to the complete annihilation of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.feedback

Peter Hawkins - UNICEF

We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul. Some were reportedly killed as they desperately tried to flee the fighting which is intensifying by the hour. Children's lives are on the line. Children are being killed, injured and used as human shields. Children are experiencing and witnessing terrible violence that no human being should ever witness. In some cases, they have been forced to participate in the fighting and violence.feedback

Stephen Goose

No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians. US-led forces should take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian harm when using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria.feedback

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The militants are not moving in groups anymore, we see one or two from time to time in the streets as a majority of them are moving through the houses, using the holes they made in the walls.feedback

Hisham al-Hashemi

Daesh's fighters know that the mosque is the most important target and they are preparing for a major battle there.feedback

Maria Fantappie - The International Crisis Group

The Iranians have been prioritizing something that the U.S. has overlooked: control over strategic roads, rather than control of the Sunni communities. They have been trying to bisect Iraq and prevent a unified Sunni block from emerging.feedback

Ahmed al-Asadi

This will be the first step to the liberation of the entire border.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The foreign fighters are the strategic threat, should they return home. So by taking the time to de-conflict, to surround and then attack, we carry out the annihilation campaign so we don't simply transplant this problem from one location to another.feedback

Ryan Dillon

They will liberate Mosul – it's just a matter of time when that's going to happen – but I'm not going to put a timeline on that for them. West Mosul is arguably the most complex and dangerous combat urban environment that any force has seen in decades.feedback

Joseph Scrocca

This weighs heavily on all of us. It doesn't do any good to liberate a city if there's nobody left to live in it.feedback

Hamed Salah

It wasn't only this house where civilians died. In that house over there, more than 30 were killed and another family up there.feedback

Ali Idriss

It's important to hear the Americans apologize, but justice would be the government giving the people of this neighborhood money to rebuild their homes.feedback

Manhal Samir

A sniper wanted to get on top of the house. He got up and then immediately came down.feedback

Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi

We are noticing that the closer we get to the Old City, the greater the resistance. In a single day they buried 30 bodies.feedback

Ahmed Abdul Karim

There were no explosives in the house, only families. There were children in the basement and in the garden is where the women were.feedback

Ryan Dillon

I am confident they will retake Mosul. This is inevitable, it will happen. West Mosul is arguably the most complex and dangerous combat urban environment that any force has seen in decades.feedback

Matthew C. Isler

This investigation determined that ISIS deliberately staged explosives and snipers to harm civilians.feedback

Steve Townsend

What I don't know is, were they gathered there by the enemy? We still have some assessments to do. I would say this – that it sure looks like they were. The Iraqis firmly believe that they were gathered there by the enemy. And the people we're talking to say that they were gathered there.feedback

Joseph Martin

Our condolences go out to all those that were affected. The coalition takes every feasible measure to protect civilians from harm. The best way to protect civilians is to defeat ISIS.feedback

Abdulamir al-Muhammadawi

A committee from the interior ministry will also visit the families and the people mentioned in the report in order to ensure that they were not subjected to any violations.feedback

Sami al-Aridhi

It all depends on the circumstances of the battle. Now they are entirely besieged and there is no way out, it's going to be either fighting or giving up and trying to infiltrate with the civilians. I can't give timelines but I don't expect it's going to be long.feedback

Patrick Work

The hardest days are still in front of them. Measuring exact numbers of ISIS fighters left in Mosul is difficult, and it may not really matter.feedback

Mirek Dusek

We are focusing on entrepreneurs, start-ups and a generational transformation. The region's young people are going to be a more valuable resource than energy reserves in this region.feedback

Abdul Ghani al-Assadi

God willing the coming hours we will complete our assigned task. We saw them moving with their weapons in the midst of the civilians but we did not strike them.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

That's the main ask. He's going to want US support for a Turkish operation against Sinjar. In this case, the stars are a little bit aligned in Erdogan's favour. I think what we will tell the Turks is 'Yes, we can do this, but let's focus on Mosul first'. Look for any deals on Sinjar and the PKK, and for any deals on Gulen or any new wording on that, coming from behind closed doors.feedback

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