On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the citizens of Anbar hope that unity amongst all Iraqis will help rebuild the region and the country.
The province of Anbar, the largest in Iraq, was devastated physically during the period of ISIS rule and the recent years of liberation operations launched by the Iraqi Security Forces and its allied groups to eradicate the terrorist group, which formerly had a solid base in the province. Local residents from the region are keen to speed up the reconstruction process, which has already been under way since much of the region was cleared of ISIS in 2017, with only a few pockets of their presence remaining.
The coming of Eid al-Adha, a prominent Islamic religious holiday that is being celebrated between 11-15 August this year, has motivated locals to make calls for unity and joint efforts to reconstruct Anbar.
“We congratulate the Arab and Islamic worlds for the start of the religious festival of Eid al-Adha, which God has provided for us in safety and security. We call for all Muslims – and politicians – to unite and build our province, the dear province of Anbar”, noted a local from the region.
Prominent cities in Anbar such as Ramadi, the capital of the province, and Fallujah were infiltrated by ISIS gangs who grew in influence in 2013 and 2014. Most of the province was occupied by the terrorist group until they were defeated by and large in 2017 as a result of anti-ISIS military operations. The process of reconstruction was initiated on the back of these victories against ISIS and stability in the region has allowed for thousands of displaced people to return to their homes, despite the devastation caused by the military battles.
The Will of Victory operation was launched in July to neutralise the final elements of ISIS in Anbar and other neighbouring provinces where the terrorist group continues to hold a scattered presence. The operation is currently in its third phase, a month after it was launched.