Victory Declared in Mosul, but Clashes Continue
On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced victory over the so-called Islamic State in the city of Mosul. Since the announcement, there have been sporadic clashes in the city, and the United Nations states that there are likely hundreds of civilians still trapped in the area. The battle for Mosul has lasted nearly nine months, and it has left large areas in ruins, killed thousands, and displaced more than 920,000 persons.
For the people who are trapped in Mosul, Lord, we lift prayers for protection and for hope. We pray for all who fight in these battles; inspire a new way forward, Lord. All those whom you created have dignity — victims and perpetrators of violence — and we pray that dignity and flourishing might be restored in Iraq.