“We want to tell Christians that this is still their city, that they are welcome here”, Ziad says from Mosul (Iraq). He leads a group of volunteers who worked to restore the city’s oldest church. ISIS’ terrorists had destroyed it while they ruled over Mosul, the same way they destroyed its most significant mosque.
The loss of its last stronghold hinders the terrorist narrative of being a calling itself an “Islamic State”, but for some time now its territorial control had been already reducing and altering its strategy. Now the question in Raqqa is who will rebuild the city in the midst of the complex Syrian war.