With the jihadists gone, booze is back in Iraq's Mosul

Rows of yellow-labelled whiskey bottles sit alongside imported French wines, while cans of Korean beer chill in the fridge: with Iraq's Mosul free of jihadists, the booze is back.

The city spent three years under the iron-fisted rule of the Islamic State group, which punished those caught drinking alcohol with public lashings or worse.

But more than a year since Iraqi forces ousted the jihadists from Mosul, liquor stores are flourishing.
​Finding a store

​Finding a store

With Mosul back under government control since July 2017, liquor stores are now back in the open. Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol, but drinking has remained commonplace across Muslim-majority Iraq.

Two years ago, the country's presidency shot down a draft bill in parliament that proposed a ban on the production, sale, and import of alcoholic drinks. There are no restrictions on consuming alcohol in Mosul, but those who sell, buy and drink it take certain precautions.

Most shops keep their signs relatively discrete, hanging just a few posters advertising Turkish beer Efes or its Korean counterpart Cass to help customers find the store.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/with-the-jihadists-gone-booze-is-back-in-iraqs-mosul/booze-is-back-in-mosul/slideshow/66905818.cms


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