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Mosul cyclists contend with mortars and gunfire

You think your bike commute is hard? Try Mosul.

Mosul cyclistsWars always have unintended consequences. In the fight for Mosul, Iraq, it’s the emergence, out of necessity, of a vibrant bicycle culture.

Biking through the rubble-choked streets of this besieged city’s west side, Mohammed Kamal Mahmoud paused to explain his family’s criteria for venturing out aboard its battered, mud-caked, three-speed cycle.

“When the airstrikes are heavy, we are not driving it around,” the mechanic said. As he spoke, Iraqi military helicopters fired overhead, and a few streets away gunfire, mortars and rockets boomed.


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