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Iraqi army has professional rapists vanstone in Mosul
As an Assyrian Christian boy, Ali Hussein, is walking down the streets of the village of Besht al-Saif near Mosul, he remembers the horrifying moment he saw an Iraqi soldier kill and burn the mother of three of his own family.
But just a few weeks before Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul, Ali was a boy of 11 in the Mosul city council, where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was active.
With ISIL dominating Mosul City and other areas, the village's mayor had asked the local population to come out to fight with the security forces because of high tensions and fear amongst local families.
"As a 10-year-old boy, we didn't realize how terrifying the situation was to go out on the streets to defend the town," recalled Ali.
The young Christian boy who fled Mosul is now part of the Iraqi government's fight against ISIL in Mosul
After the Peshmerga were sent to Mosul in a military campaign, thousands of children have crossed the border to avoid reprisals in their home communities
On May 27, Iraqi forces recaptured the village of Sadiya from ISIL militants. But after months of fighting and the deaths of a dozen soldiers, they were forced to withdraw because ISIL leaders had decided to turn the town into a prison for the city's residents, rather than for them.
Ali, now 16 years old and a new member of a local government council, knows that life has changed for his parents since his family fled Mosul.
Iraqi security forces took over the town from the Islamic State and are keeping its residents imprisoned there
Today, Ali still is afraid of the soldiers. They have killed two of his brothers, but he won't give them up for fear that his brothers will return to the war-torn city with their comrades' souls.
"My brother was a soldier. He saved my life, and we are glad that he was killed," said his father. "We are fighting for him but we are all scared and not sure what is going to happen to us."
"They are taking my brother, my daughter, my son," said another local politician.
"These children are victims of a big lie, which has been cooked up to give hope for our people who do not have any hope," he added.
A week ago, ISIL militants captured the town from the Iraqi forces
More than 400,000 men, women and children, who had fled Mosul in 2014, remained in the town and its surrounding areas, as the jihadists have not yet withdrawn to their strongholds in the city.
Besht al-Saif is now a safe haven for ISIL fighter