Since the liberation of Mosul city from ISIS on July 20, 2017, many Iraqi activists have repeatedly warned that the massive destruction and the high number of civilian casualties caused by the battle inside the city might push some locals to the ISIS side. Now, only months after the city’s liberation from ISIS, these warnings have become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed on January 6 that ISIS cells assassinated a local administrator of al-Intisar district and two service members of the Iraqi intelligence in al-Thalathin and Sumar districts in eastern Mosul.
Eastern Mosul was fully liberated by the Iraqi Army on January 24, 2017. Since then hundreds of thousands of civilians returned to their homes there, unlike the western part of Mosul that was completely damaged by the battles inside the city.
Over 8,000 Iraqi civilians were killed during the Mosul battle, mainly by airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition, according to a report of the British newspaper Telegraph.
Many Iraqi activists called the Iraqi government to launch an awareness campaign against the terrorism in Mosul to prevent the terrorist group from using the battle effects to indocrinate more people. However, the Iraqi government has done little to counter the ISIS ideology in the war-torn city.
The terrorist group is still able to recruit locals and to restore its network preparing for another chance to raise in Iraq.