Mosul Doctor Turns Into War Journalist To Reveal Bitter Truth
An Iraqi doctor in Mosul has decided to devote himself to "curing" the wound and revealing the truth of the war as a correspondent, using camera visuals to fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
Mosul, 400 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, came under ISIS control in June 2014, when government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling the ISIS militants to take control over parts of Iraq's northern and western regions.
Louay Mohamed, the doctor-turned-correspondent, used to work in a local hospital in al-Hamdaniya, only a few kilometers away from Mosul, and fled the day when Mosul was taken over by the ISIS militants.
"I learned that Mosul had been taken over by the ISIS militants and doctors were in their most-wanted list. I immediately decided to flee from Mosul. I spent the most horrifying hours between 23:00 until next morning, before finally running away from the city. If I was not quick enough, I perhaps would have gotten killed or captured by the ISIS militants," said Mohamed.
After fleeing to Erbil, nearly a hundred kilometers away from Hamdaniya, Mohamed decided to devote himself to another "battle" by using cameras to record and deliver the bitter truth of the war, and reveal the ISIS militants' false propaganda claims of human nature.
Ever since, he has stayed with the government forces as a war correspondent, witnessing the latter reclaiming the lost ground gradually and getting to know the pain of the homeless, not the pain he used to know in the hospital, neither the pain that could be cured by a doctor.
Mohamed said he will continue working as a war correspondent until ISIS militants are completely destroyed.
"As long as the ISIS militants exist in Iraq, I will continue passing on the truth to the rest of the world as a correspondent. When all the militants are driven away and Iraq is completely liberated, I will return to the hospital and resume my old job as a doctor, help cure my compatriots, do examination and transfuse blood to them. After all, I'm a doctor." said Louay Mohamed.
On Sunday, while Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi Armed Forces for reclaiming the majority of Mosul, he continued to stress upon the remaining pockets of the ISIS fighters in the area.
Eight months of combat has left parts of the city in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one million people, and now Iraqi officials say they have almost regained full control of Mosul.
Iraqi national flags were raised by the Tigris River and Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told state TV that 30 militants had been killed attempting to get away by swimming across the Tigris.
However thousands of Iraqi security forces, Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militia members have been battling to wrestle control of Mosul from ISIS since October last year, and yet while the eastern side of the city was taken back in January the battle in the western side proved to be much more complex and civilian casualties have been high.