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Iraq: Senior politician believes coalition has moral, legal obligation to Mosul04:40

Iraq: Senior politician believes coalition has moral, legal obligation to Mosul

Iraq, Baghdad
February 6, 2018 at 13:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Prominent Iraqi politician and civil rights campaigner, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, believes that the coalition forces have a legal and moral obligation to help rebuild Mosul, he said in an interview given in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Rubaie explained "there is very little national support, the Arabic support is even lower, so we ask the international community to support Iraq" as well as the rebuilding of Mosul.

“The coalition forces were using military operations and strikes that were random in Mosul, they did not care about the civilians there. The majority of these bodies are civilians. This is called 'collateral damage',” he added.

Rubaie was a well-known opposition figure during the regime of former president Saddam Hussein.

Following the invasion of 2003, he was heavily involved in successive transitional governments, eventually being appointed National Security Advisor.

Mosul lies in ruins seven months after US-led coalition and Iraqi forces liberated it from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

On July 2017, Iraqi forces declared the successful and full recapture of Mosul from IS, following an offensive fronted by government troops and backed by US-led coalition forces, which began in October 2016.

See Ruptly's report from Mosul: https://ruptly.tv/vod/20180203-005

Iraq: Senior politician believes coalition has moral, legal obligation to Mosul04:40
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Prominent Iraqi politician and civil rights campaigner, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, believes that the coalition forces have a legal and moral obligation to help rebuild Mosul, he said in an interview given in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Rubaie explained "there is very little national support, the Arabic support is even lower, so we ask the international community to support Iraq" as well as the rebuilding of Mosul.

“The coalition forces were using military operations and strikes that were random in Mosul, they did not care about the civilians there. The majority of these bodies are civilians. This is called 'collateral damage',” he added.

Rubaie was a well-known opposition figure during the regime of former president Saddam Hussein.

Following the invasion of 2003, he was heavily involved in successive transitional governments, eventually being appointed National Security Advisor.

Mosul lies in ruins seven months after US-led coalition and Iraqi forces liberated it from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

On July 2017, Iraqi forces declared the successful and full recapture of Mosul from IS, following an offensive fronted by government troops and backed by US-led coalition forces, which began in October 2016.

See Ruptly's report from Mosul: https://ruptly.tv/vod/20180203-005

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