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Informers played a vital role in retaking Mosul from the Islamic State

Whether for freedom, revenge or money, hundreds of residents provided intelligence that officials said was vital to defeating the extremist group and reducing the toll of the fighting

By Michael Georgy, Ahmed Rasheed and Raya Jalabi  /  Reuters, MOSUL, Iraq

“If we got rid of our leaders and political parties, Iraq would be much better off,” he said. “The whole system needs to be overhauled.”

Abu Hassan, a former soldier and informant, was also frustrated. He used his work as a cab driver to gather intelligence for the Iraqi military.

He said his handlers promised that he could have his old army job and a monthly salary of US$1,000 back when Mosul was freed.

However, when he went to Baghdad to reclaim his job, he was sent packing, he said.

These days, Abu Hassan is bitter. He has been making barely US$7 per day driving his cab. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense dismissed his complaints.

“He should have done this to help his country and not for a job. This is the difference between real soldiers and mercenaries,” Lieutenant Colonel Mahdi Ameer said.

Additional reporting by Isabel Coles, Goran Tomasevic

and John Walcott

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