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Iraqi girls take up swimming in IS-free Mosul

Young girls aspire to be famed swimmers — a bold move in Mosul, a former jihadist stronghold in Iraq where swimming was never for women.

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Iraqi girls take up swimming in IS-free Mosul

Young girls aspire to be famed swimmers — a bold move in Mosul, a former jihadist stronghold in Iraq where swimming was never for women.

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Iraq’s Mosul celebrates, one year after IS ousted

A group of Mosul residents celebrates, as the Iraqi city marks one year since pro-government forces recaptured it from the Islamic State group.

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Drone footage shows destruction in Mosul a year on from IS

A year on from Iraqi forces announcing the “liberation” of Mosul from the Islamic State group, the scars of the bloody nine-month offensive to oust the militants are still visible in the city.

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After IS violence in Iraq, orphan beggars flood Mosul streets

Years of war and jihadist rule have left their mark on the city of Mosul, giving rise to a string of new social challenges that include dozens of orphans beginning for money after losing their parents to violence.

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Mosul artist who hid paintings from IS thrives again

When the Islamic State group took Mosul by storm in 2014, turning Iraq’s second city into their stronghold, artist Khalif Mahmoud had to think fast, stashing his paintings and drawings inside a wall of his house, knowing they would be destroyed if the jihadists found them. After the city was prized from the IS group’s clutches last July, he returned home… and found his art works intact right where he’d left them.

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Famed Iraqi cellist performs in Mosul’s battered Old City

Famed Iraqi maestro and cello player Karim Wasfi performs in Mosul’s war-ravaged Old City. Wasfi is known for turning up with his cello to play in the aftermath of bombings in the capital Baghdad, alleviating pain through the soothing power of music.

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Iraqis buy into World Cup fever, without breaking bank

Iraqis take to cafes and parks in the cities of Mosul and Baghdad to watch matches in the World Cup. With the World Cup in full swing, people around the globe are glued to TV screens — but for some Iraqis, absorbing the full experience is proving trickier than confronting Lionel Messi on an epic dribble. At around $100 (over 85 euros), a pay TV subscription for the month-long football extravaganza is out of reach for most, as average monthly salaries range between $400 and $700.