What Life Is Like in Iraq’s City of Mosul Under ISIS Rule

Unrest in Mosul
STR/EPA Iraqis walk next to the Al-Noori Al-Kabeer mosque in Mosul city, northern Iraq on July 9, 2014.

Lack of electricity a bigger problem than rising violence

When Sunni extremists seized control of Iraq’s second-largest city, many feared the militants would brutally brandish their new-found power and exert a reign of horror on the residents of Mosul.

One month later, it appears that most in the city are far from terrified, their biggest complaint a lack of electricity rather than explosive violence.

“We all thought ISIS fighters will hurt people, but they did not do so,” said shop owner Fahad, referring to militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). “It is 100 percent safe here. The only thing we suffer from is the lack of public services.”

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