REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani 2/4 left right Iraqi rapid response forces gather near the Tigris river during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Yarimja in southern Mosul, Iraq, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani 3/4 left right The Tigris river is seen during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Yarimja in southern Mosul, Iraq, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani 4/4 By Isabel Coles | MOSUL, Iraq MOSUL, Iraq In some parts of Mosul, you can almost forget that a war is being waged over the city between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants who still control more than half of it - at least momentarily. Cars clog the streets, stalls are heaped with fresh produce and bicycles weave through the traffic, as the city slowly emerges from more than two years under the iron grip of Islamic State. As Iraqi forces prise away more and more of the militants' largest urban stronghold, a semblance of normality is returning to eastern districts that were retaken in the early stages of a campaign that began nearly three months ago. But reminders of the conflict and the militants' legacy are never far away. "We are trying to forget," said 19-year old Wisam, slicing meat off a skewer to serve a customer in the Zuhour neighborhood. "It will take time - some things have got inside our heads." Around his stall, the market was bustling with people enjoying the freedom to walk around undisturbed by the Hisba, which enforced Islamic State rules and punished infractions with fines and flogging. Young men ran after a ball on a soccer pitch, some wearing shorts, which were forbidden under Islamic State. The logos on their football shirts, however, are still missing: the militants deemed them un-Islamic and ordered they be removed, particularly those resembling a cross. Occasionally, the militants themselves came to play, prompting everyone else to flee in fear of being caught in the crosshairs of coalition planes targeting Islamic State, said 22-year old Osama, who runs the pitch.
Women pictured in pyjamas at Tesco say they are 'disgusted' with person that took photograph Manchester Evening News 5 days ago Todd Fitzgerald Two women who sparked a national debate after being photographed in a Salford Tesco store in their pyjamas have hit out at the man who took the snap saying he is attacking their culture as travellers. The image of the pair was posted on social media after by a fellow shopper, who branded them bloody disgusting and demanded Tesco bosses impose a ban on nightwear at their stores. Pyjamagate - not the first of its kind in the UK - made headlines across the country, fuelling heated debate. Some couldnt care less what people wear when they pop out for a loaf of bread and a pint of milk. Others say pyjamas in the supermarket is yet another sign of our decaying society, with dignity and etiquette a thing of the past. The women, pictured in pyjamas and dressing gowns, have now hit back. The pair, members of the traveller community, claim the man attacked their culture, dubbing him sexist and racist. One said: Im disgusted that a man has taken our picture and put it online asking for Tesco to ban people wearing their pyjamas. Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Google Google 'Its lazy, disgusting and slobbish behaviour' - readers react to story of women shopping in their pyjamas Me and my mum were chatting and our language is different from other people and they probably realised that and decided to target us because of it. It would be different if I had no clothes on and was walking around naked, but I had clothes on. I dont feel the need to impress the man who is complaining about it.
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