ISIS In Iraq: Lost Point Of Origin

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30 June 2017

The mosque that was the point of origin for the Islamic State Caliphate has been reclaimed in Iraq.  

ISIS Losing Ground

On Thursday 29 June Iraqi forces gained control of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, declaring the symbolic end of the caliphate.

This is where, three years ago to the day, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the so-called caliphate. What's a caliphate? A territory under the leadership of a Caliph (Muslim ruler) considered to be the successor to the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and chief Muslim ruler in the world.

Since June 2014, the black Islamic State flag has flown atop this mosque, when the extremist group launched their attack and captured one third of Iraq after crossing the border from Syria.

Last week, the Islamic State blew up the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in last minute desperation. As Islamic State continue to lose ground, they continue to use more desperate and destructive measures. 

The Battle Is Not Over

This is a symbolic moment for Iraq, but it is not the end of the Islamic State.

Islamic State are losing their physical ‘state’, but the ideology of the Islamic State still exists. 

Islamic State ideology has spread far, with groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria pledging their allegiance, and recent attacks in the Philippines a testimony to the widespread impact of this group.

It’s Time To Rebuild

The Islamic State is not the source of Iraq's problems, but a product of them.

We believe the ultimate problem of the world is a broken relationship with God, and the ultimate solution is Jesus Christ. 

We want to rebuild the church in Iraq. And you’re helping us do this! 

We want to:

  • Rebuild lives through sharing the gospel of Jesus.
  • Rebuild families by creating jobs.
  • Rebuild churches by supporting local communities.

See how your help makes a difference, scroll down for the video! 

Sources: BBC, The Guardian, The Independent
Image: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Nashwan From Iraq

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