Iraqi women 'reclaim their rights' with Mosul marathon Mar 09, 2018 0 359 12345 AFPMosul, IraqNearly 300 women ran through the streets of Iraq's Mosul on Thursday, in a demonstration of their freedoms eight months after the city was retaken from the Islamic State group.Mosul's first ever women's marathon was held to coincide with International Women's Day.The 900-metre run was not the length of a full marathon, but organiser Fatima Khalaf said it marked a real change for women in the city, who faced harsh restrictions under the hardline rule of the jihadists.The race aimed to"urge women and girls in the city to actively reclaim their rights," the 30-year-old said.Trophy in hand, winner Najla Abdelhadi said she was"very happy".The 24-year-old sports education student said she her victory would"send a message to the women of Mosul about the need to... take a step towards taking their rightful place in society".Women lined either side of the street during the marathon, waving placards drawing attention to the harsh realities Iraqi women have faced."You Are Not Powerless" read one sign."Women Can Do It" read another.Men also showed up to watch the event. Mustafa Qais, 24, carried a sign reading:"I support women getting the same rights as men."The jihadists of IS seized control of Mosul in mid-2014, making it the de facto Iraqi capital of their"caliphate".During its three-year rule over nearly a third of Iraq, IS subjected hundreds of thousands of women to its rigid interpretation of Islam, using beatings and executions as punishments. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Syrian govt forces poised to slice eastern Ghouta in two Mar 09, 2018 0 52 Female mechanic breaks social barrier in war-torn Yemen Mar 09, 2018 0 57 Iran's Khamenei says won't negotiate with West over regional presence Mar 09, 2018 0 45 Turkish military seizes control of Jinderes town in Syria's Afrin region REUTERS ISTANBUL Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies seized control of the town of Jinderes on Thursday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, giving them control of one of the largest settlements in .. Israeli police get right to hold Palestinian assailants' bodies AFP Jerusalem Israeli lawmakers have passed a controversial bill allowing police to hold the corpses of alleged Palestinian assailants indefinitely, parliament said on Thursday. The act was passed late Wednesday by ..