Iraqi swimming coach Omar Ibrahim trains girls at a swimming pool in Mosul on August 13, 2018. / AFP / Zaid AL-OBEIDI
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Iraqi girls take up swimming in Daesh-free MosulHer father and grandfather gained fame in the pool. Even before Daesh (ISIS) made Mosul the heart of its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq in 2014, conservatism and tradition in the ancient mercantile city meant its pools were only for men.But a year after Iraqi forces reclaimed the city from the militants, coach Omar Ibrahim and his team of 12 young girls are changing that.After a bloody nine-month push to retake the city, relative calm has brought a new crowd to Mosul's pools.Ten years ago, Mosul's municipality launched a major project to equip the city with an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
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