A young Iraqi girl peaks from behind a gate in Mosul on March 2, 2017 during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP / ARIS MESSINIS
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The Daesh (ISIS) media center was hidden in plain sight in an upscale part of a west Mosul neighborhood now recaptured by Iraqi forces. Inside a two-story villa, complete with a garden and a shed, Daesh produced placards and broadcast its Al-Bayan radio station, according to Iraqi forces and residents.The building was set alight by Daesh fighters as they fled the neighborhood, Mohammedawi said, and little was left behind.Winter said the remaining contents of the house suggested it could have been used to produce materials to be distributed at "media kiosks," which Daesh set up in areas under its control to disseminate propaganda touting its achievements.But he suggested the villa, in a residential neighborhood where everyone knew the building was a media hub, would not have been a major part of Daesh's propaganda output.
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