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On Mosul’s front line, Iraqi refuses to quit beloved home

Simon Valmary writes for AFP:

Standing at the gate of his house in Iraq's war-torn city of Mosul, Muwaffaq al-Obeidi watches as waves of displaced residents pass by, away from the crackle of automatic gunfire.

The battle for Iraq's second city has come to Obeidi's front door, but the 70-year-old refuses to leave his home.

Armoured vehicles come and go, transporting Iraqi soldiers to the front line to battle Islamic State group jihadists just a few hundred metres (yards) down the road.

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