ISIS ousted from the Old CityINTERNATIONAL | Thousands celebrate the completion of a four-month offensive in western Mosul
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/28/17, 01:38 pm
IRAQ: Emerging from nearly three years of living under ISIS control, girls in Mosul today donned pink and tiaras instead of black niqabs to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid.
Thousands poured into the streets of Iraq’s second largest city, as Iraqi forces raised flags above buildings in western Mosul following the ouster of ISIS from the Old City district. Iraqi forces have battled the militants in the city for months, liberating eastern Mosul in January and now completing a nearly four-month offensive to take back the western side of the Tigris River.
Vian Dakhil, the Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament who won the Lantos Human Rights award earlier this year, recounts the horrific atrocities committed by ISIS she and others are learning about as families are liberated in Mosul and elsewhere.
The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region makes the case for independence ahead of the September referendum. And the government in Baghdad unveils a 10-year, $100 billion reconstruction plan .