People gather at the destroyed tomb of the Prophet Jonah (Nabi Younes) in the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Daesh (ISIS) militants during the battle for Mosul.Since Daesh seized Mosul in 2014 in the face of the Iraqi army's collapse, the militants have blown up monuments, evicted communities that had lived together for centuries and turned neighbors against each other.Jeber was detained by Daesh in 2014 on suspicion of spying and threatened with execution, but escaped and went on to use his knowledge of Mosul to help Iraqi forces target the insurgents.He formed a government-backed militia last year to arrest and interrogate suspected militants in areas retaken from Daesh but now intends to use it to secure heritage sites.There is, however, no guarantee Mosul will be the same as it was before Daesh arrived.Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, was less strictly observed this year in eastern Mosul after the Iraqi military forced out Daesh. Reviving Mosul's historic traditions will depend partly on whether Iraq's Shiite-led government can win the trust of Sunnis, many of whom welcomed Daesh when it stormed the city because they felt marginalized and mistreated.
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