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Watch: Iraqi violinist holds concert in Mosul

Ameen Mukdad, a Mosul violinist made his first public appearance since Islamic State took control of the Iraqi city in 2014. The musician held a small concert amid the bombed-out ruins of an ancient site revered by both Muslims and Christians in Mosul, on Wednesday.

Mukdad, 28, had to flee from Mosul to Baghdad to hide from the Islamic State militants who had confiscated his instruments, deeming his music a violation of their interpretation of Islam. Gunfire could be heard from Mosul's western district while Mukdad played the music he had composed, on instruments made of wood and old guitar strings, during his exile.

In October 2016 , the Iraqi government, with support from the US, began the operation to take back Mosul from ISIS control. Iraqi forces have taken control of the eastern part of the city, but Islamic State still holds some districts in the west.

The hour-long concert was attended by 20 people and marked his first return to the city that was controlled by Islamic State.


Updated Date: Apr 21, 2017 17:27 PM

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