New York, 22 November 2016 – Thursday, 17 November 2016, presented an uncomely anniversary for the inhabitants of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city, located about 400 kilometres north of Baghdad. It was one month since the Battle of Mosul began, with Iraqi government forces under Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seeking to recapture the city from ISIL, also known as Da’esh. The extremist group has held control over the city for more than two years now, subjecting civilians there to despicable atrocities and untold suffering.

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Protection of civilians remains a top priority in the Battle of Mosul, as Iraqi government forces continue their push to recapture the second largest Iraqi city from the extremist group, ISIL or Da’esh, according to Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq. Mr. Kubiš was speaking to UN News Service, shortly after addressing the UN Security Council on situation in Iraq and the month-long operation by Iraqi security forces to retake Mosul.

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7 August 2015 – It has been six months since Ján Kubiš took up the post of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Over that period, the Slovakian national and his team have had to face considerable challenges – much like the country itself.

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