Iraq: Qayyarah, two years under ISIS

This is a piece (audio, text and images) for Radio France Internationale about Qayyarah, a city in Iraq recently liberated by the Iraqi army from the hands of the so-called Islamic State.

The battle to take the city lasted two days. The jihadists abandoned it, fleeing north towards Mosul, the second largest city in the country and the last major urban center controlled by ISIS, 80km from Qayyarah.

Before they left the jihadists blew up the oil rigs, the last ones they controlled in the country. The crude was still burning, 10 days after the city was liberated. The proximity of ISIS militants, who still mortar Qayyarah, made it impossible for the experts to approach the oil fields and put out the fire.

After the liberation, all Qayyarah’s men were gathered by the soldiers in one of the city’s boulevards and the army started the complicated process of finding out who was involved with the Islamic State.

Life under ISIS (in Spanish):

Audio for Radio France Internationale and text.

Oil burns in the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

Oil burns in the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

 

Iraqi soldiers walk by the burning oil fields of the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

Iraqi soldiers walk by the burning oil fields of the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

 

Oil burns in the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

Oil burns in the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

An Iraqi soldier patrolling near the burning oil fields of the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

An Iraqi soldier patrolling near the burning oil fields of the recently liberated Iraqi city of Qayyarah, 80km south of Mosul, from the hands of the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

 

Qayyarah’s men are gathered in the streets by the Iraqi army to find out who were involved with the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

Qayyarah’s men are gathered in the streets by the Iraqi army to find out who were involved with the so-called Islamic State, on September 9th 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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