A man holds a bottle of whisky at his liquor shop, after it was banned during the Daesh militants' seizure of the city, in Mosul, Iraq, April 20, 2019. (REUTERS/Abdullah Rashid)
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Almost two years after Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS), small shops selling alcohol are reopening their doors and new ones are appearing.Mosul was home to two million people before being overrun in 2014 by Daesh, which proclaimed a "caliphate" stretching into neighboring Syria.Shops that sold alcohol were burned down and destroyed.Liquor store owner Nemat Hassan said Daesh burned his store down in the city. Hassan reopened his shop and said he hasn't faced any problems.Another liquor store owner, Adel Jindy, said many more stores are appearing in the neighborhood as more licenses are being granted.
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