For over ten days the Iraqi arm’s Golden Brigade has refused to allow foreign journalists into eastern Mosul to cover the battle against ISIS.
The army is upset about the high death toll published by the
foreign media, fearing that it is something ISIS could use in its
propaganda. The order to ban the media has supposedly come from Prime
Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Dozens of journalists have come to Iraq to report the war by
embedding with the Golden Brigade, other divisions of the Iraqi army,
the Kurdish Peshmerga or the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militia.
Since the Peshmerga have finished most of their fight, the attention now is mainly on the Iraqi army in Mosul.
These are stories of soldiers’ heroism, of civilian suffering,
of ISIS method of fighting and of weapons and explosives factories.
It is clear that the use of car-bombs and snipers has claimed
the lives of hundreds of people with ISIS even shooting at playing
children, but the army death toll has remained a secret.
And I do not think the only concern is ISIS propaganda.
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