Al Jazeera pro-ISIS report resurfaces as critics call out Qatar-owned channel
A live report from inside Iraq’s Mosul after it was recaptured by ISIS militants in 2014 is resurfacing once again after social media users called out the Qatari-based network over its bias toward extremist groups.
The Al Jazeera correspondent, who was conducting a live interview with a news anchor in Doha, was speaking during the early days of ISIS’s capture and control of Mosul from the Maliki government back then.
“I have seen armed gunmen raising flags with the slogan ‘there is no god but God’ in big handwriting, meaning they are followers of the Islamic State,” the correspondent reported, using the Arabic term for the extremist group that was not recognized by other media outlets in the region who preferred to use the abbreviated term “Daesh” to avoid legitimizing the group.
“I spoke to them after they entrusted me and I asked many people passing by and taxis who came from inside Mosul and from its neighborhoods who spoke of their secure situation and the state of calmness around the city of Mosul now,” he said.
“There is an understanding between them and factions of the Iraqi resistance in their efforts in fighting the government forces,” he added.
The reporter then added that people were coming and easily going back and said that nearly 10 percent of the population were returning after they saw that “armed gunmen are not committing any crime nor killing people”.
“They are trying to protect the institutions in Mosul and the banks and they are creating a state of security. Mosul, in the past two or three days, now lives in a peaceful situation which they have not seen in the past months