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Spirit of Ramadan returns to Iraq’s IS-free Mosul

After the departure of IS, Mosul's residents are once again able to fully enjoy Ramadan.

Ramadan has been more festive in Mosul ever since IS left. (AFP pic)

MOSUL: Under the cover of night in the Iraqi city of Mosul, Rayan and Ali break the silence by drumming to announce suhur, the pre-dawn breakfast during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Islamic State (IS) group which controlled the city for three years before its ouster last July had banned drumming, along with other Ramadan traditions that make up the festive spirit of the dawn-to-dusk fasting month.

But since this year’s Ramadan started in mid-May, Rayan Khalidi and Ali Mahboub have been doing their nighttime rounds, donning traditional keffiyeh headscarves and jalabiya robes.

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