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MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-WOMAN
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March 02, 2017
Ninety-year-old Khatla Ali Abdallah has survived decades of turbulence in northern Iraq, but the frail...
Mosul, Iraq
A Picture and its Story: Ninty-year-old woman escapes Mosul
Ninety-year-old Khatla Ali Abdallah has survived decades of turbulence in northern Iraq, but the frail grandmother who fled the battle for Mosul this week says the fighting there is the worst she has ever seen. Carried across the desert by her grandsons, under sniper and mortar fire, she was one of thousands who braved the difficult and dangerous journey out of Islamic State's shrinking stronghold in the west of the city. "I'm a 90-year-old woman and I havenÕt seen such a war," she said in a camp for displaced people south of Mosul, where she was taken by Iraqi security forces. Khatla lived through Saddam Hussein's quarter century in power, when Iraq fought wars with neighbouring Iran and Kuwait and endured a decade of devastating sanctions. That was followed by a U.S.-led invasion which toppled Saddam and led to years of sectarian war across the country. "Even under the Saddam era, we were afraid because of the atrocities and the people killed," she said. "But nothing is compared to this phase". REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "KHATLA ALI ABDULLAH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Matching text MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-WOMAN
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