Dec 11

The Battle of Mosul

The Battle of Mosul (Arabic: معركة الموصل‎‎; Central Kurdish: شەڕی مووسڵ‎) is a joint offensive by Iraqi government forces with allied militias, the Kurdistan Regional Government, and international forces to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The offensive, dubbed Operation "We Are Coming, Nineveh" (قادمون يا نينوى; Qadimun Ya Naynawa),[78][79] began on 16 October 2016, with forces besieging ISIL-controlled areas in the Nineveh Governorate surrounding Mosul. The battle for Mosul is considered key in the military intervention against ISIL, which seized the city in June 2014. Outnumbering ISIL forces 10 to 1, it is the largest deployment of Iraqi troops since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The operation follows the Mosul offensives in 2015 and 2016. The offensive began with Iraqi troops and Peshmerga fighters engaging ISIL on three fronts outside Mosul, going from village to village in the surrounding area. More than 120 towns and villages were taken from ISIL control in the first two weeks of fighting. At dawn on 1 November 2016, Iraqi Special Operations Forces entered the city from the east. Met with fierce fighting, the government advance into the city was slowed by elaborate defenses – including road blocks, booby traps, suicide bombers and snipers – and by the presence of civilians. The Iraqi Prime Minister announced all parts of eastern Mosul had been occupied on 24 January 2017. Iraqi troops were then regrouped and began their offensive to take western Mosul on 19 February 2017.

The Battle of Mosul is concurrent with the Battle of Sirte (2016) in Libya, and the Raqqa campaign by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on ISIL's capital city and stronghold in Syria.



Emergency aid in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan

More than half a million children and their families are exposed to extreme risks in the Iraqi city of Mossul, UNICEF warned in the course of the ongoing military deployment to recapture the northern Iraqi city. UNICEF calls for the children to be particularly protected when the city of millions is re-conquered.
"The children from Mosul have suffered immensely over the past two years. Many might be forced to flee, or be captured in the warfront and the war. "
Since March 2016, about 130,000 people have fled in the area around Mossul in Iraq before the military operations. UNICEF fears that, in view of the escalation, thousands of children will also have to seek refuge in overcrowded and inadequately equipped emergency shelters and camps.
Please help the children in Iraq!
An Iraqi girl had to flee from her home because of the dangerous conflicts and is now in the Debaga refugee camp near Mossul. She misses her old school every day.
Many children in Iraq have been under the control of the so-called Islamic state for more than two years. Many of them are sick because they have had to drink polluted water in the past months. They never felt safe.
"We were afraid and hungry. I was afraid of my four daughters. I'm afraid they'll take them with them, as they did in other villages, "says Zainab, who is fleeing violence with her children.

Conflicts such as presently in Mosul make the situation of children massively worse. Many children in war zones know only fear, violence, hunger and suffering. For in war and on the flight there is no childhood. These children need protection - especially now that the winter is at the door.
Please help the children****