Residents of the recently liberated town of al-Hamdaniya thank the security forces and celebrate their liberation from ISIS. “God willing we will return as brothers and sisters like before, but better,” said one resident.
Entry in the city was one of the first incursions by Iraqi Security Forces within the Mosul Liberation Operations. Since its liberation, counter terrorism forces have continued to remove IEDs and mines planted by ISIS militants before their retreat in order to allow families to return to their homes. “I want to return to my home and settle down there. Who would want to give up their home? The best thing for us is to return to our homes and our areas,” mentioned one resident. Hopefully for this resident, as with others in recently liberated areas, this will become a reality.