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Spectre of Isil looms large over Mosul as Iraq heads to the polls

Josie Ensor writes for The Telegraph:

It is election season in Mosul and the Iraqi city is awash with campaign posters.

For the first time in half a decade, faces of women - some without hijabs - beam out on to the streets of the former Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stronghold.

“Some of these candidates with billboards don’t even care if they win, they just want to be seen, show they’re not afraid anymore,” said Rayan al-Hadidi, an activist from Mosul.

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