It was rare for women to hit their 20s before marrying or being engaged.
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Khulud yearns to be swept away by a "prince charming," but like many young Iraqis in the former militant stronghold of Mosul she worries she may never marry.Before Daesh (ISIS) made Mosul its self-proclaimed capital in mid-2014, Iraq's second city was a bastion of traditionalism and conservatism.Back in government hands since July last year, the city is still scarred by nine months of brutal combat. Suitors are finding it increasingly hard to save enough cash to fund a dowry and a wedding, never mind set up home with a spouse.Manaf Khaled, a 32-year-old social worker, says a woman's marriage prospects can depend on her employment status.During the three years Daesh was in control of Mosul, the city was cut off from the government in Baghdad.
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