In April, they counted almost deaths from starvation. Political pressure grew. Iraq's Shia Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had to field accusations that he was deliberately allowing the majority-Sunni city to starve. He finally issued the order to attack at the end of May. But it would be almost a month before the army moved in to Fallujah, after arduous positional battles near the largest city in the province of Anbar initially failed to secure any progress.
But although army leaders and the prime minister say that 90 percent of Fallujah has now been liberated, people are still fleeing the city in their masses. It's not true, say the Americans. A Pentagon spokesman in Washington says that only a third of Fallujah is in the hands of government troops. But the controversies surrounding the coefficients of the recapture are not the crucial reason why 65, people have now fled Fallujah. The mass exodus following the opening of the gates comes in response to the months of siege.
Then there is a profound mistrust, harboured by most of Fallujah's former , residents against everyone and everything.
The Serpent of Metal
They estimate that around 30, are still in Fallujah. Many Iraqis refer to Fallujah in symbolic terms as the head of the serpent, because this was the place where the jihadists began their triumphal sweep of Iraq. At the end of January they patrolled the city, hoisted their black flags on all public buildings and appointed a governor straightaway. The city of mosques became the first IS stronghold, the first hotbed of Sharia ideology, the heartland of the Caliphate — just 50 kilometres from the capital Baghdad.
When Fallujah fell into the hands of "Daesh", it was another five months before the holy warriors overran Mosul and Tikrit. In Fallujah, suicide bombers were trained and sent to Baghdad and the rest of Iraq, bomb-making workshops were set up and uniforms made for the fighters. Supply routes to Syria were established from Fallujah, from whence the entire province of Anbar was gradually captured. At times, the grim fellows felt so secure that they sent their fighters there after they got married: for a honeymoon in Fallujah.
In previous years, Fallujah was the centre of the Sunni resistance to the post-war order in Iraq. The Sunnis rallied against the systematic discrimination suffered during the administration of the Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. They initially regarded the jihadists as their allies. But the Sunnis soon realised that the holy warriors were pursuing quite different goals to those they had suspected at the outset. To this day it is not possible to say that IS has lost Fallujah in its entirety, even if the liberators have managed to advance right into the centre of the city and the Iraqi flag is again flying on the roof of the main city administration building and the hospital.
After all, whether the terror militia will be wholly driven out of the city and whether urban normality can be restored in Fallujah, is not only dependent on the military might of the anti-IS alliance. Observers of the developments in Iraq agree that without a viable political strategy, a military victory will not be durable. The Shia-dominated government in Baghdad must offer the Sunnis of Fallujah and beyond a perspective that convinces them to return to their cities, reconstruct them and to be equal participants in their nation's political process.
Otherwise there is a risk that the people will again fall into the hands of IS, which is in any case presenting itself as the avenger of the Sunnis. The liberation of Fallujah is possible, even if it will take longer than predicted by the Iraqi government. The interplay between Iraqi army, Sunni clan leaders, Shia militia and the Americans has obviously improved considerably.
The shared supreme command is working. But the crucial question will be what the liberators do with the liberated. Will the Shias take revenge on the Sunnis of Anbar, which they all too often pigeonhole as IS sympathisers? The scars are threatening to burst open again. The example of Ramadi has become the horror scenario that is also striking fear into the hearts of the inhabitants of Fallujah. When the many refugees from the fighting in the provincial capital fled southwards at the beginning of the year and arrived on the border of the province of Kerbela, revenge-hungry Shia militiamen were waiting for them at Razaza, took mostly the men as prisoners, accused them of collusion with IS and demanded a ransom for their release.
The goal is to create and foster dialogue between the communities. By Jan Schmidt-Whitley. Skip to main content. But following the advance of government forces into the centre of the western Iraqi IS stronghold, the refugee crisis in the region is worsening. The mass exodus from Fallujah continues, with people still leaving in their thousands. By Birgit Svensson. Starvation as military strategy The hunger reached dangerous levels, the first people died of malnutrition. Flight from Fallujah: since the start of the Iraqi army offensive to recapture the IS-controlled city around one month ago, refugee aid agencies say more than 60, people have fled Fallujah.
It is thought that 30, people have fled since last Friday alone. Partial victory over the jihadists: "to this day it is not possible to say that IS has lost Fallujah in its entirety, even if the liberators have managed to advance right into the centre of the city and the Iraqi flag is again flying on the roof of the main city administration building and the hospital.
After all, whether the terror militia will be wholly driven out of the city and whether urban normality can be restored in Fallujah, is not only dependent on the military might of the anti-IS alliance," writes Svensson. With Islamic State out of the picture, the people of Iraq are breathing a sigh of relief. Philipp Breu hat sich dort Economic crisis in Iraq Trump's Iran embargo impacts Iraqis As usual Sudha Murt's latest book this time on mythology is easy and a quick read.
Simple language and the stories that are retold in a manner that one will enjoy reading, despite knowing the story. Sep 11, Prathima Deepak rated it really liked it Shelves: will-recommend , classics. Having a thought of buying this book for my friend's kid, I gave it some time to read and review first. The book is full of short stories from our Epic Mahabharata and it just reminded me of all the bedtime stories that my grand-parents used to tell me during my childhood. Kids interested in mythology will definitely love this.
PS: What I liked the most is that the names of the characters in the Epic are spelled same as in sanskrit unlike cutting short. For instance, in many books Bhima is often Having a thought of buying this book for my friend's kid, I gave it some time to read and review first.
The Serpent's Head – Revenge
For instance, in many books Bhima is often spelled as Bhim which irritates me..!! Jul 24, Ajith Reddy rated it it was amazing. If you are a myth fan Just go for it Every sentence have some great information Although there are some stories which we definitely knew already Being a sudha murthy fan Respect and love for her increased after flipping d last page.
Oct 25, Veena Sridhar rated it liked it. Makes good read if you want to connect dots for main Mahabharata epic which most of us know but wonder for no reasons. Makes it good consolidation of short stories for kids also. But fine was good. Jun 27, Sanya Vij rated it liked it. Interesting stories, but reads like a very oversimplified version. Perhaps that was the intention. Apr 02, Sagar rated it liked it Shelves: bookaneer.
Simple instruments of simple story telling. The way of writing is reminiscent of the way folk tales were written and told, which is precisly, the book's aim. Some stories are already known by people though some were total revelations and prove to be good trivia for the mythology aficionado. May 09, Dileep rated it liked it. This book contains some of the rare stories from Mahabharata. Though the stories are not in very detail, but she was able to depict the essence of the story through her words. Dec 25, Ranganathan Kothandaraman rated it really liked it.
I thought I knew Mahabharata to a larger extent. Thanks to my dad who had parts of Mahabharata in his book collections written by A. Natarajan in simple Thamizh. The narration, the way of storytelling, relating the locations where the s I thought I knew Mahabharata to a larger extent.
The narration, the way of storytelling, relating the locations where the stories happened to the current locations in India is making this book a pleasant read. Please pass this book to the young readers at your home as this will help them to face their life in a better and in most matured way. Dec 21, Arya V Reghu rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. Sudha Murthy with her beautiful easy writing skills has yet again presented these mythical short stories. With no exaggerations and such simplicity she has explained the famous and obscure stories born in and out of Mahabarata.
From the stories of ancestors to the decedents the book includes the story starting from Shakuntala's birth and the Somavansha's descendants including Bharatha , Hastin , Kuru clan - Pandavas and Kauravas , Parikshit and Janmajeya. It brings you story of other connecting Sudha Murthy with her beautiful easy writing skills has yet again presented these mythical short stories.
It brings you story of other connecting incidents also. The Title of the book is the chapter that tells the story of the death of Parikshit as Takshaka takes his vengeance on the Pandava clan for the plight he faced due to Agni burning down the Khandava forest with the help of Krishna and Arjuna Pandavas. They are different short stories yet has a continuation and the chain ends where it began. A cycle of vengeance.
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If you are familiar with hearing these tales from you parents or grandparents this will make you so much miss your childhood , as such is her language and narration, so homely! With 25 chapters related to Mahabarata with nothing complex this book is a quick read and refreshing to your mythology knowledge.
Jan 30, Deep M.
This one was my first Sudha Murty book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Serpent's revenge is a collection of short stories from the Epic Mahabharata. I have read the original Ved-vyasa version,but this one is also captivating from the top to end. This book's target audience is children to make them aware of Mahabharata and its popular characters. The related graphics pictures make interest in the stories.
And I'm pretty sure that apart from the children,there will be majority Indian people who wouldn This one was my first Sudha Murty book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I'm pretty sure that apart from the children,there will be majority Indian people who wouldn't be knowing some of the tales. So,grab this one without any second thoughts. Feb 23, Shravanthi rated it it was amazing. I loved it. Such a unique collection of the lesser known tales from The Mahabharata.
The stories were short and sweet and were in the best of chronological order. As usual, Sudha ji's simple storytelling style was a pleasure. I just wish that this book never ended. Fun fact: Looks like my wish might come true, because Sudha Ji has promised that this is only the first book in a series. More to come! Nov 25, Harshith Bangera rated it liked it. Well, the language is very simple and sweet. It is definitely written for kids. But I did enjoy the stories and there were very few of the stories that I hadn't read before. It felt like granny telling you stories. Post every story, the places mentioned in that story during those times are mentioned in the current parts of India which is good enhancing of one's knowledge.
There is also a lunar dynasty Chandravanshis family tree given at the end. Jan 09, Aakanksha rated it it was amazing. I would say it's a very simple book written in a story-telling mode and I really enjoyed it. Although the stories were not that unusual yet the writing style was captivating. I would not hesitate to say - this book is a perfect writing for the mythology genre.
Apr 14, Muralidhar Patnam rated it it was amazing Shelves: mythology. Loved the book. Sudha Murthy has just the right amount of detail in the stories to engross the reader. Hence the stories are short and much more enjoyable to read. Great refresher on Mahabharata and the dots that connect many incidents that unfold in the epic. Feb 04, Yumna Hari rated it it was amazing. A lovely reference book and introduction to tales of the Mahabharata for the novice. It is contemporary while retaining the complexity of relationships, stories and morals that encompass the epic.
Jan 09, Keerthana Prabhu rated it it was amazing. I remember my mother telling me stories about Ramayana and Mahabharatha when I was young after that I was not so keen to know more about it. Since I have read most of Murthy's book i am a very big fan of her books, I ordered two of her other books with which I ordered this too so that I can give this book to my niece since it's a children's book.
Since it is a children's book I knew the stories of Mahabharata how she narrated will be in a easy manner so I started reading this. Although I was no I remember my mother telling me stories about Ramayana and Mahabharatha when I was young after that I was not so keen to know more about it. Although I was not much interested while starting this book.
Now that I have finished reading this, I am very much keen to read the whole of Mahabharata story along with other Indian Mythology books too Thank you Sudha Murthy ma'am for breaking down into short stories which made it easy to understand and making me more eager to know more about Indian Mythology. I recommend this book is especially for those who has very basic knowledge about Mahabharata, evn if you are not interested to know about Mahabharata stories once you start reading this you will be more eager to read about other stories of Mahabharata.
Jul 15, Roma rated it really liked it. My Take: The book is a collection of various tales from the epic Mahabharata which are unusual in nature. The tales are short and fast paced making it intriguing. I completed the book in flat 2 days.
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Many stories are already known, me being an ardent fan of the epic and some literally few tales were not read of anywhere by me. The pictorial illustrations in the book gives an insight to the mind about the depiction of the incident. Overall a great book. My rating for the book is 3.
Mar 15, Khyati Gulati Tewari rated it it was ok. I have always been a fan of Sudha Murty's works - her writing is so simple, yet it touches upon the deepest fibres of your soul And it is with this notion, that I picked up the book - to read unusual tales of the times gone by, albeit with a touch of Sudha Murty's Magic of Writing. But, this book felt as if I read the most concise version of Mahabharata which was narrated with the help of short stories to appeal to the readers reading only fiction and lacked her touch.
The book is perfect for pe I have always been a fan of Sudha Murty's works - her writing is so simple, yet it touches upon the deepest fibres of your soul The book is perfect for people venturing into Mythology genre for the first time or haven't read Mahabharata before this, but for others and especially for those who have read Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik before, you aren't missing out on anything if you skip this book.
Dec 31, Madhura Gurav rated it it was amazing. I simply loved this book! Sudha Murty has beautifully rendered some of the unusual tales as the title suggests from the Saga. I was amazed by the family tree of the whole clan at the end of the book. So thorough! What I liked most about this book is that there are many lesser known characters and their barely known tales.
It's like a re-introduction to all these characters! And every character teaches you something. That is the beauty of this epic tale. It covers so many different situations, pr I simply loved this book! It covers so many different situations, problems and what not. As to this specific rendition, the selection of stories is very thoughtful and the tales are told in a simple language. Even a non-reader can easily savour this book! Also, an ideal gift for young readers, especially if you want them to take interest in the stories of Mahabharata. If the circumstance is not reflected in the epic, then it will never occur in real life.
The serpent's revenge is collection of short mystical stories from the Epic Mahabharat.