For many, however, Eid celebrations were overshadowed by fear for thousands stuck in the Old City in western Mosul still under ISIS control.
“Tehran stands with the Qatari nation and government… We believe that if there is a conflict between regional countries, pressure, threats or sanctions are not the right way to resolve differences.”
The Great Mosque was not only a significant cultural heritage site for Muslims in general, but it was also regarded as an essential part of the Mosul skyline – a symbol of the city’s long past and diverse communities.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in a message sent to journalists – attacks which seemed to be targeting police officers.
While there is no clear successor at the moment, the top two contenders are Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili, Baghdadi’s top lieutenants.
Having turned their sights towards the Balkans, ISIS is reopening the wounds of the region with localised propaganda directed at its Muslim population.
A wealthy political family, the Mautes started out pledging allegiance to ISIS to ‘spook and coerce’ – but since then have amped up their support to the organisation.
Such inter-communal meals are held every year, but they resonated more this year after ISIS attacks on Coptic Christians meant to stoke sectarian divisions.
The man had earlier been held for a minor drug offence, but since then had maintained a low profile, even on social media.
Families trapped in Marawi City are now resorting to texting to keep their loved ones informed as the Philippine military claims the operation is in its last stage.
In a report published by the Revolutionary Guards, Iran is said to have fired missiles on ISIS targets within Syria, a move not been made in years.
“They have been killed, injured, abducted and forced to shoot and kill in one of the most brutal wars in recent history,” UNICEF said in a statement.
Iraqi officials had expressed that they had hoped that the mosque would be retaken from the stronghold of ISIS in time for Eid al-Fitr on Monday.
The event does just a day after a similar attack was prevented in Paris’s Champs-Elysées. The police is calling it a terrorist attack.
Despite previous reports of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death in US-led airstrikes, neither Moscow nor Washington are able to confirm his death, yet.
The attack at a Bamako resort was the latest in a string of attacks that the Islamist alliance in Mali claims to have perpetrated.
After a US warplane shot down a Syrian Army fighter jet, Russia warned the US it would treat their planes in the conflict zone as potential targets.
Fighting in Marawi City has entered a fifth week and nearly 350 people have been killed.
Al-Qaeda and ISIS have both encouraged would-be terrorists to use vehicles like cars and trucks as weapons.
The Syrian regime claimed that the US-led coalition was trying to undermine its efforts, while the US claimed that the jet was taken down in self-defence .
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which also left dozens wounded.
Agencies report that the air strike was carried out on a meeting where ISIS leads Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also believed to have been present.
The troops of Malawi City are determined by lacking in resources as they fight against militants using sniper rifles and molotov cocktails.
The military says that it arrested a member of the Maute group, the ISIS-backed militants it is fighting in the Marawi City region.
“Hospitals are closing because their supporters from outside are bored now because it’s the seventh year of the revolution. Many of them don’t want to come in anymore.”
The Pakistan interior ministry claimed that the Chinese nationals abducted by ISIS were engaged in illegal missionary work under the guise of learning Urdu.
About 800 people fell prey to food poisoning at a camp near the Iraqi city of Mosul after breaking their Ramadan fast together with a communal iftar meal.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi never stays in one place for more than three days, using couriers instead of phones and pickup trucks while on the move.
The military spokesperson had last week claimed that the fighters had been beaten back into just 10% of the town.
In the conflict between the ISIS-allied Maute group and the Philippine authorities, many civilians were trapped or held hostage as blasts rocked Marawi City.
Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute unleash a dangerous offensive, bringing the threat of ISIS to the Philippines.
Though such attacks on foreign officials have decreased in the country, this incident comes as US President Trump plans on increasing troops in the region.
The crisis among the Gulf countries, after their have isolation of Qatar, is a major diplomatic test for the US, a close ally of countries on both sides.
The attack comes as ISIS is about to lose Mosul, the de-facto capital of the hardline Sunni Muslim group in Iraq, to a US-backed Iraqi offensive.
China said it was working to verify the claim.
Police shot dead gunman Yacqub Khayre, who they said had a long criminal history, on Monday night after he killed a man in Melbourne in a siege this week.
The discovery is a fresh blow for hopes of eradicating the disease globally, a goal set for the year 2000, but repeatedly pushed back since 1988.
The battle to retake Mosul is already nearly eight months old and, as resistance on the city’s right bank has proved intense, civilian casualties have mounted rapidly.
The decision is likely to get a lot of opposition by the government which earlier this year had made an unsuccessful resolution to lower Kurdish flags flown in the region.
ISIS terrorists entered the Iranian parliament dressed as women and opened fire. Supreme Leader Khameini said these forces will be ‘eliminated soon’.