Terrified families came on the street waving white flags as they emerged from homes in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.
The provincial capital is the biggest city to have been recaptured from Islamic State. The victory has been seen seen as a turning point by many. Iraqi government anticipates that soon Army will march on Islamic State’s main Iraqi stronghold Mosul further north, and defeat the group in Iraq in 2016. “ISIS are not Muslims, they are beasts,” said one resident rejoicing the crowd.
The ISIS have imposed an ultra-hardline version of Sunni Islam disavowed by all major Sunni authorities, and carried out mass killings and rapes.