New Year's Eve fireworks in Mosul after ISIS defeat

Mosul residents have enjoyed their first New Year's Eve celebration in years after being freed from ISIS rule.

The jihadists seized the northern Iraqi city in 2014, barring such festivities and threatening severe punishment for anyone opposing their hardline regime.

But last night, the sound of suicide bombs and gun fire had been replaced by colourful fireworks as citizens were finally able to celebrate the start of a new year.

While the city centre was once used as an execution site by ISIS fanatics, pictures released by the Mosul Eye Twitter feed showed crowds of people on those same streets enjoying a spectacular December 31 display last night.

Mosul residents have enjoyed their first New Year's Eve celebration in years after being freed from ISIS rule

Mosul residents have enjoyed their first New Year's Eve celebration in years after being freed from ISIS rule

Last night, the sound of suicide bombs and gun fire had been replaced by colourful fireworks as citizens were finally able to celebrate the start of a new year

Last night, the sound of suicide bombs and gun fire had been replaced by colourful fireworks as citizens were finally able to celebrate the start of a new year

While the city centre was once used as an execution site by ISIS fanatics, pictures released by the Mosul Eye Twitter feed showed crowds of people on those same streets enjoying a spectacular December 31 display last night

While the city centre was once used as an execution site by ISIS fanatics, pictures released by the Mosul Eye Twitter feed showed crowds of people on those same streets enjoying a spectacular December 31 display last night

The Iraqi Prime Minister celebrated victory in Mosul with his 'brave forces' in July. 

A 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militias had launched the offensive to

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