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Mosul enjoys New Year celebrations after being freed from IS rule02:27

Mosul enjoys New Year celebrations after being freed from IS rule

Iraq, Mosul
January 1, 2019 at 02:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mosul residents celebrated New Year's Eve for the second time since their liberation from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

"I hope it will be a good year for all Iraqis," Mosul resident Hammam Talal said, adding: "joy spread in all religious communities of Christ, Shiites, Sabians, Muslims and Turkmen."

Such festivities were banned by the IS after they seized the city in 2014.

Revellers gathered to watch fireworks illuminate the night sky and wished for peace and security in 2019.

Mosul enjoys New Year celebrations after being freed from IS rule02:27
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Mosul residents celebrated New Year's Eve for the second time since their liberation from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

"I hope it will be a good year for all Iraqis," Mosul resident Hammam Talal said, adding: "joy spread in all religious communities of Christ, Shiites, Sabians, Muslims and Turkmen."

Such festivities were banned by the IS after they seized the city in 2014.

Revellers gathered to watch fireworks illuminate the night sky and wished for peace and security in 2019.

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