For many, however, Eid celebrations were overshadowed by fear for thousands stuck in the Old City in western Mosul still under ISIS control.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
With militants hiding in among the civilians, the government’s efforts to push back are taking longer than expected, and making hundreds of thousands flee.
Nadia Murad had been captured and sold as a slave by ISIS, after being taken in the summer of 2014 to Mosul, ISIS’ de facto capital in Iraq.
The same district in Baghdad has been bombed twice in the past year, both times being claimed as the responsibility of ISIS.
Up to 200,000 people still live behind ISIS lines in Mosul’s Old City and three other districts.
While US officials say more than 100 civilians died in the airstrike, local officials and eyewitnesses estimate the number of deaths to around 240.
Iraqi authorities and aid agencies are already struggling to cope with a surge in displacement since security forces opened a new front against the militants in Mosul earlier this month.
The Iraqi government is looking to declare victory by Ramadan, even if pockets of resistance remain in the Old City according to military officials
After seven months of fighting, militants have been dislodged from all but a few areas of Mosul.
The residents in ISIS-captured Mosul have given up on looking for aid from the government and international groups and started digging their own water.
The population faces not only to the dangers of the conflict and fighting but also the problem of not having access to survival basics like food and water.
The flooding of the Tigris and the disassembly of the last pontoon bridge linking the two sides of Mosul has forced residents to make the crossing on boats.
In a surprise new move, Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul with an aim to open escape routes for the thousands of civilians held behind ISIS lines.
Mosul’s airport, railway station and university were all destroyed in the long fight to dislodge ISIS militants from their main Iraqi stronghold.
Returning these children to school is a priority for Iraq to end the cycle of sectarian violence fuelled in part by poverty and ignorance, the UN says.
Mosul suffered extensive damage during the ISIS occupation and the US retaliation; massive reconstruction needs to be done before life can be normal again.
Inside the buildings in western Mosul, now a ghost town, it’s often eerily quiet as walls muffle the gunfire, the constant background noise.
The site of the citadel dates back almost 8000 years and archaeologists have uncovered ancient artefacts, as workers revive it as a tourist spot and museum.
Hundreds of Iraqis fled the heavy fighting in the Mosul-Baghdad area and headed to areas which had been reclaimed from the ISIS.
With eastern Mosul rid of the ISIS, who enforced rules like keeping long beards and veils for women, Iraqis can now enjoy their freedom and liberty.
In Sunni-majority Mosul, Saddam Hussein is still idolised and the central authorities in Baghdad are distrusted as Mosul limps through the ISIS occupation.
The girls have years of catching-up to do as most of them stopped going to school after ISIS militants overran Mosul in June 2014.
The troops’ progress has been slow as about 400,000 civilians, or a quarter of Mosul’s pre-war population, are trapped in the Old City, according to the UN.
Since the split in 2014, the two groups have fought over recruits, funding and the mantle of global jihad; leaders of both are also critical of each other.
The Iraqi police accused ISIS of attacking their forces with chemical weapons against the militant crackdown undertaken by the State over the past six months.
The visit shows the far-reaching portfolio of Kushner, who is part of Trump’s innermost circle and has been given a wide range of domestic and foreign policy responsibilities
When US rivals committed atrocities in Aleppo, Western talking heads were appalled. But when the US supports them in Mosul? Silence.
Thousands of residents have fled from ISIS-held areas inside Mosul, the militants’ biggest remaining stronghold in Iraq.
Amnesty International has said the high civilian toll in Mosul suggested US-led coalition forces had failed to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths.
The Mosul strike, if confirmed, would be one of the deadliest single incidents for civilians in recent memory in any major conflict involving the US military
The military’s casualty figure of 160 was much lower than that given by local officials. A municipal official had said on Saturday that 240 bodies had been pulled from the rubble.
The Iraqi prime minister said Trump appeared more enthusiastic about battling Islamist extremists than Barack Obama’s administration had been.
The blast occurred on a busy commercial street in the Amil neighborhood. There was no claim of responsibility, but ISIS has carried out similar attacks in Baghdad and other cities as their hold on Mosul weakens.
Rights groups have expressed concern over the mounting civilian death toll, as ISIS fights from homes and densely-populated areas in Mosul.