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Iraqi Website's Sarcastic Cell Phone Snapshots of Northern City
03/13/2008 2:55 PM ET
With such commentary as "walls, walls . . . and walls," an Iraqi website has posted a series of pessimistically captioned mobile-phone snapshots of Iraq's northern city of Mosul.

The Iraqi Rabita website, a fierce opponent of the US presence in Iraq as well as the current Iraqi government at the federal and provincial levels, writes in Arabic that its correspondent in Mosul snapped the unauthorized images during while touring the city.

The images, displayed here, are often labeled with sarcastic comments about the effect of the American occupation of the northern city, noted here in the photo captions.

The text of the story accompanying the images includes reported eyewitness descriptions of various incidents in the city, including unsuccessful attempts by armed groups against university officials, and an American convoy's disruption of traffic at a Mosul bridge where it was traveling against the flow of traffic.

Two of the images display landmark hotels in Mosul, referring to what the Iraqi Rabita site claims were better days before the American invasion of 2003.

Mobile-phone image from Mosul, sarcastically captioned This is what has become of the Mosul Hotel, which was a first-rate hotel before the American 'liberator' visited us.
Iraqirabita.org.
Mobile-phone image from Mosul, sarcastically captioned "This is what has become of the Mosul Hotel, which was a first-rate hotel before the American 'liberator' visited us."

Mobile-phone image from Mosul, captioned Walls, walls . . . and walls. The concern is the safety of the occupation and its collaborators; let the citizen go to hell.
Iraqirabita.org
Mobile-phone image from Mosul, captioned "Walls, walls . . . and walls. The concern is the safety of the occupation and its collaborators; let the citizen go to hell."

A general scene of Mosul by mobile-phone camera.
Iraqirabita.org
A general scene of Mosul by mobile-phone camera.

Image identified as What remains of the Assyria Hotel.
iraqirabita.org
Image identified as "What remains of the Assyria Hotel."

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