On ‘Radio Times’: Iraqi attitudes

 Iraqis celebrate in Tahrir square as they wait for the final announcement of the defeat of the Islamic state militants, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 9, 2017. Backed by the U.S.-led coalition, Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants in October. (Hadi Mizban/AP Photo)

Iraqis celebrate in Tahrir square as they wait for the final announcement of the defeat of the Islamic state militants, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 9, 2017. Backed by the U.S.-led coalition, Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants in October. (Hadi Mizban/AP Photo)

This week, Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from ISIS, but in the process, thousands of civilians were killed, almost a million people were displaced and large parts of the city have been almost completely destroyed.

When New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango joined host Marty Moss-Coane on Radio Times Tuesday, he described the fighting and how the events unfolded in Mosul.

But how are the people of Iraq dealing with the latest intense bout of violence and death? Arango says “there is a resilience and there is a humor too.” He added “ the remarkable thing for me is how hospitable and welcoming and full of humor they still are. It’s amazing to see and it does give you some hope in the human spirit, if you will.”

Marty was also joined by Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle East and African studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. He said “it’s incumbent upon the Trump administration to work very hard with the congress to try and rebuild a place like Mosul.”

Listen to the full interview on Radio Times.

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