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Iraq ousted ISIS, but ‘Mosul can never be the same again’

Moni Basu writes for CNN:

A few days ago, Mahmoud Saeed boarded a plane for a trip that is sure to be filled with trepidation.

The acclaimed Iraqi author had not seen his beloved hometown in six long years. And while Mosul had been freed from the so-called Islamic State, it would never be the same.

He knew that when he finally arrived, the city that shaped him from a young boy to manhood would be unrecognizable. Mosul had survived thousands of years of myriad rulers and cultures, but ISIS dealt it a death knell.

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