Since 30th June 2009 American troops have formally pulled out of the urban centre, yet their sprawling base on Mosul airport is actually within city limits and US soldiers still conduct almost daily street patrols to check on aid projects. They move in heavily armoured convoys and take a pair of attack helicopters for protection with them when they go.
Mosul’s police force is 8,000 men short of full strength and, despite being reinforced by a unit of heavily armed paramilitary federal police from Baghdad, it operates only on the west side of the city. The east side is too dangerous.
This is the second photogallery in the current edition of Le Monde diplomatique. The text is worth reading and the photos are superb go there are and take a look for yourself