The retaking of Mosul


In October 2016, military operations began for the liberation of the city of Mosul, which in 2014 was occupied by the Islamic State, which declared it the capital of the Caliphate. The conflict saw the massive intervention of armed groups supported by Iran, which seized the moment to finally sanction its influence on Iraq. Iraq's second most important city, with a Sunni majority, was liberated by the Iraqi army and Shia paramilitary groups in July 2017. The victory on the ground temporarily put an end to the domination of the Islamic state, but it triggered and further strained relations between the two political-religious currents of the country; not guaranteeing the future peace and stability that the region desperately needs.

In October 2016, military operations began for the liberation of the city of Mosul, which in 2014 was occupied by the Islamic State, which declared it the capital of the Caliphate. The conflict saw the massive intervention of armed groups supported by Iran, which seized the moment to finally sanction its influence on Iraq. Iraq’s second most important city, with a Sunni majority, was liberated by the Iraqi army and Shia paramilitary groups in July 2017. The victory on the ground temporarily put an end to the domination of the Islamic state, but it triggered and further strained relations between the two political-religious currents of the country; not guaranteeing the future peace and stability that the region desperately needs.