The Golden Hour: Training First Responders in Mosul
Douma Ammar will never forget the day she was in her Mosul neighborhood when shots rang out. A stray bullet hit her friend, wounding her gravely. With no paramedics to call for help, Douma fought alone for her friend’s life—but eventually lost. “I didn’t know how to help,” Douma said. “My friend died.” Mosul—Iraq’s second-largest city—has been at the forefront of the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or "Daesh" in Arabic). During neighborhood-by-neighborhood battles by Iraqi Security Forces to regain control of the city after ISIL captured it in June 2014, civilians have been inevitably caught in the crossfire.