Ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties on the rise in Mo­sul

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Sh­van Go­ran

Mo­sul is a dan­ger­ous city for jour­nal­ists: in less than a month, eight jour­nal­ists have been killed in the city, the most re­cent a fe­male jour­nal­ist work­ing for the lo­cal Al-Mo­sulya chan­nel. He says jour­nal­ists are vic­tims of the po­lit­i­cal con­flict.

Mo­sul has be­come a cen­ter for ex­port­ing ter­ror and pro­vid­ing lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to ter­ror­ist groups, of­fi­cials say. This has cre­ated a fear­ful at­mos­phere for the peo­ple of the city.

Ni­nawa prov­ince is of great sig­nif­i­cance to ter­ror­ist groups, says Bashar Kiki, Chair­man of Mo­sul Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil, as it has a huge com­mon bor­der with neigh­bor­ing Syria. Var­i­ous eth­nic­i­ties and eth­nic groups live in the city, many of whom are tar­gets for ter­ror­ist groups keen on es­ca­lat­ing in­ter-eth­nic vi­o­lence in the area, says Bashar Kiki.

The key ter­ror­ist group in Mo­sul, the ‘Is­lamic State in Iraq’, con­sists of for­mer mem­bers of the top­pled Baath party who have made a name for them­selves in Ji­hadist and Is­lamist groups, and gained ma­jor sup­port in the area. Most of their ac­tiv­i­ties and move­ments have been in­side Mo­sul, re­vealed Kiki, adding that these groups have re­ceived ‘per­cep­ti­ble’ sup­port in Mo­sul. He notes, too, that ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in the city have risen, as well as ter­ror­ist at­tacks and killings, adding that the groups are de­ter­mined to prove their ex­is­tence in the city and their ca­pa­bil­ity to per­form ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties there.

The Chair­man also stated that Mo­sul is now the cen­ter for lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to those groups, as they can move in and out of Syria eas­ily. He says the ter­ror­ist groups have made the city a cen­ter for ex­port­ing ter­ror to other parts of Iraq.

Mo­sul is a dan­ger­ous city for jour­nal­ists: in less than a month, eight jour­nal­ists have been killed in the city, the most re­cent a fe­male jour­nal­ist work­ing for the lo­cal Al-Mo­sulya chan­nel. He says jour­nal­ists are vic­tims of the po­lit­i­cal con­flict.

Al­though Kurds hold some key ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions in the city, which has pro­vided Kur­dish res­i­dents of the city with a sense of se­cu­rity and re­lief, Kurds are still tar­gets of ter­ror­ist threats and at­tacks in Mo­sul. Ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics, around 2773 Kurds have been killed and 300,000 oth­ers have fled the city since 2003. Kiki be­lieves that Kurds have a good ad­min­is­tra­tive and po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion in the prov­ince, given that the chair­man of the pro­vin­cial coun­cil and the deputy gov­er­nor are both Kurds. He says there is a bal­ance in the pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion and that ev­ery eth­nic­ity feels that there is an at­mos­phere of coex­is­tence in the prov­ince.

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