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'Calm in Mosul after two days of looting'

Calm was gradually returning to Iraq's major northern city of Mosul on Saturday after two days of pillaging, according to Al-Jazeera.

world Updated: Apr 12, 2003 13:01 IST

Calm was gradually returning to Iraq's major northern city of Mosul on Saturday after two days of pillaging that followed the withdrawal of Iraqi forces and the entry of Kurdish fighters, the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera reported.

Kurdish forces had taken over major intersections and armed men were patrolling major roads leading into the city, recovering items that had been stolen, according to Al-Jazeera.

From Mosul's mosques, appeals were going out to police officials of the deposed regime to return to their duties.

The city's defenders surrendered on Friday afternoon and US Special Forces began to enter Mosul several hours later.

Mosul, 450 kilometres north of Baghdad, is an Arab-majority enclave of 1.5 million inhabitants in the mostly Kurdish north and surrounded by oil fields.

It is also strategically important because of its airport and an Iraqi missile-launching base.

First Published: Apr 12, 2003 12:54 IST