Iraqi violinist plays in Mosul as troops battle ISIL

REUTERS photo22/04/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Amid the bombed-out ruins of an ancient site revered by both Muslims and Christians in Mosul, Iraqi violinist Ameen Mukdad on April 19 held a small concert in the city he was forced to flee by Islamic State militants. As Mukdad played scores he had composed in secret while living under the militants’ austere rule, explosions and gunfire could be heard from Mosul’s western districts where U.S.-backed forces are still battling Islamic State for control. “This is a place for all, not just one sect. Daesh represents no religion but is an ideology that suppresses freedom,” Mukdad told Reuters, using a derogatory name for the militants. “Everything about Daesh is wrong.” Mukdad, 28, fled Mosul after Islamic State fighters stormed his house and confiscated his instruments, deeming his music a violation of their hardline interpretation of Sunni Islam…

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iraqi-violinist-plays-in-mosul-as-troops-battle-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112228&NewsCatID=383

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