(You can open this link in Chrome and read in English)
If you get a chance, watch the film “Mosul” streaming on Netflix. I really liked the film and found it interesting. Below you can find an Iraqi (I think he is Iraqi) critic’s review, which I think important. I don’t quite fully understand what he is writing, but he gives the film a positive review and yet critiques the usual “Western” portrayal of binary heroes or villains, and especially the simplistic way most of us in the West view the complexities of another culture(s). You can click on the link in Chrome and translate it to English. Do watch “Mosul” if you get a chance and see a different perspective on the battle against Da’esh.
“In the movie “Mosul”, we were faced with a reality of violence, devastation and betrayal, interspersed with the story of a group that finds itself carrying out justice in its own way that resembles the style of the criminal himself. We see them being slaughtered and killed in the same way, despite their belonging to what is supposed to be official regular forces, and the film’s producers try to provide the logical justification for their actions with the magnitude of violence and horrific horror in a reality in which trenches overlap, positions are mixed and the lines between good and evil are blurred and right and wrong.” Safaa Al-Saleh