109 Mosques reopen in Iraq’s Diyala


The Sunni Awqaf Department in Iraq’s Diyala governorate said 109 mosques that had been closed in the governorate for three years have been reopened.

According to al-Sumaria news, Taha Mujami, head of the department, said the mosques were closed in 2014 for security reasons.

Now that the security has been restored to the governorate, he said, they are open to worshippers.

According to the official, one of the newly reopened places of worship is the Mus’ab bin Umair Mosque in a town near the city of Baqubah, the capita of the governorate, that was the target of a Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) suicide attack three years ago.

That attack left a number of people dead or injured.

Mujami also hailed the positive role of security forces in ensuring the security of the place of worship.

Daesh made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large areas of Syria. But in late 2017, Daesh terrorists were flushed out of their last stronghold in Iraq tanks to the bravery of the Iraqi armed forces and Popular Mobilization Forces, known as Hashd al-Shaabi.