Life in a basement on Mosul's front line

Life in a basement on Mosul's front lineAbu Mariam’s spacious villa sits in an upscale Mosul district, but when Iraq’s second city became a war zone, the family sought refuge in their basement. Iraqi forces seized the bridge at the end of last month after retaking east Mosul from IS in January. “I’m afraid an IS shell will fall on us,” says Abu Mariam, a 46-year-old public servant with a trim salt-and-pepper moustache.



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