Desperate families living in the ruins of Mosul say they want ISIS to return because life is so hard in the bombed-out ruins of the city.
Yaazi Ibrahim, a mother-of-three, explained how she is completely dependent on food aid to eat, and lives in a mud shack after her home was destroyed by the war.
Speaking to Channel 4, one of Yaazi’s friends voiced their frustration, saying: ‘Under ISIS life was better.
Desperate residents living in the ruins of Mosul say life was better under ISIS because they have no food and little electricity since the city was recaptured
Yaazi Ibrahim, a mother-of-three, told how she is completely dependent on aid rations for food, and has to cook on a square of mud outside a hut since her home was destroyed
‘What has the government done for us? We haven’t had food rations for two months.
‘They give us electricity for two hours and then they cut it off. We are very tired.’
Mosul, formerly Iraq’s second city with a population of millions, was captured by ISIS in 2014 as the terror group grabbed the world’s attention away from Al Qaeda.
They held on to the city, the largest they managed to capture, until it was liberated in July 2018.
But in order to recapture Mosul, Iraqi troops, backed by Kurdish militias, had to engage in bitter street-to-street fighting.
The city was pounded daily by suicide bombs, airstrikes and artillery fire.
In the process, tens of thousands of homes were destroyed along with 90 per cent of hospitals, dozens of schools, and almost the entirety of the Old City.
Now, large parts are uninhabitable – without water, food or shelter.
Mosul is thought to be home to hundreds of thousands of people since ISIS was drive out, but large parts of the city remain uninhabitable and without basic supplies such as water
Aid workers think it will take five years and $50billion to restore Mosul to its former glory after much of the city, including the entirety of the Old City (pictured) was destroyed in fighting
Rescue agencies estimate that it will take five years and up to $50billion to rebuild the city to its former glory. Almost $1billion will be needed just to restore basic infrastructure.
But not everyone is calling for the return of the terror group. Yaazi lives in the east of the city, where conditions are hardest, but in the west things are more bearable.
Saadi Mohammed, who lives in the west, said life under the jiahdis was full of ‘fear and terror’ and now they have gone she wants to send her daughter to study.
ISIS imposed an extremist version of Sunni Islam on all territories it occupied, banning smoking, dancing, music, art and most of the comforts of modern life – such as the internet and mobile phones.
The terrorists torched libraries, smashed up artefacts, and brutally cracked down on the rights of women while seeking to exterminate the LGBT community.
ISIS captured Mosul in 2014 in a move that announced it as the world’s most powerful terror group, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced his so-called Caliphate from its mosque
It took nine months of fierce fighting by US-backed forces – including daily airstrikes, suicide bombings and artillery fire – to recapture the city
Since Mosul was recaptured, life has slowly begun to return. Last month, its museum held an exhibition of contemporary art after being partially rebuilt.
ISIS also lost the last remaining portion of its so-called caliphate after US-backed fighters drove them out of a squalid encampment outside Baghouz, Syria, last week.
Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, wrote on Twitter: ‘Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100% territorial defeat of ISIS.
‘On this unique day, we commemorate thousands of martyrs whose efforts made the victory possible.’
But commanders warn that, even though ISIS hold no territory, the group will continue to pose a threat using sleeper cells and suicide attacks.
They say the capture of Baghouz does not represent the end of the fight against ISIS, but merely a new phase in a continuing war.