A general view show a destroyed street as the Iraqi counter-terrorism service (CTS) advance towards the Yabasat neighbourhood on March 23, 2017 during their ongoing offensive to push Islamic State (IS) jihadists out of Mosul. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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When Daesh (ISIS) controlled eastern Mosul, playing music was a crime punishable by lashes. Today, music stall owner Mohammad Mohsin is making up for lost time. The militants' religious police confiscated and burned his CDs after taking over the city in a lightning 2014 offensive. But Iraqi forces regained control of eastern Mosul in January and Mohsin set up his stall again on a pavement in a busy shopping district. Iraqi forces are still locked in fierce clashes to oust Daesh from the city's west.Iraqi flags have replaced the black flags of Daesh, and Iraq's federal police patrol streets where the militants' feared religious police roamed until just weeks ago.
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