Islamic State has been responsible for tearing apart countless families since its rise in 2014, but one mother and son were happily reunited after more than two years apart.
A post to the image-sharing website Imgur features pictures the moment the mother and son saw each other. The son and his Iraqi police unit had just liberated al-Qayyarah, a town just south of Mosul. After rushing in to give his mother a hug, he falls to his knees, kissing his mother’s feet, a sign of respect in Islamic culture.
According to the post, the son had to flee his village after ISIS overran Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in 2014. He knew, if caught, ISIS would probably decapitate him.
The son returned to his village Monday as part of the spearhead force that liberated the town. He soon thereafter found his mother, who he had not been able to contact him in the two years since he was forced to flee. His mother thought that he was captured and killed by ISIS, while the son thought his elderly mother most likely did not survive the terrorist occupation. Fortunately, both were safe and sound when the Iraqi police seized the town.
The ISF, backed by U.S. air power and military advisers, is currently engaged in an operation to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the de facto ISIS capital in Iraq. Part of the operation included retaking al-Qayyarah, which is home to a strategically important airfield.
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