A Manchester native brought Ariana Grande to the streets of the Islamic State's former capital after the city was liberated by Syrian and Kurdish forces last week.
Michael Enright, who fought with the Kurdish YPG forces, played Grande's popular song "Bang Bang" in the middle of Raqqa to commemorate the victory against ISIS forces. The victory comes five months after an ISIS-inspired suicide bomber detonated himself at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, killing 23 and injuring hundreds more.
Enright explained that he chose his specific location in the city because it was the center for several ISIS events, including processions and beheadings.
"And so I thought it apropos that cause I'm from Manchester, and they came to my city, they came to my city and they tried to shut up Ariana Grande that she be the first one to sing," said Enright, who proceeded to play the song on his smartphone. "So you didn't shut her up, and you didn't shut Manchester up, because she's singing 'Bang Bang.' And you know what happened? I came and we did bang bang and you left, you ran away."
Enright, an actor by trade, left his career to join the Kurdish militia in 2015 after seeing video footage of the terrorist group's brutality.
Raqqa was captured last Tuesday after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias, announced they had retaken the city from ISIS. The terrorist group had terrorized the city's residents for three years and used it as their de facto capital in Syria.