Abadi declares Mosul victory, hails military

Abadi declares Mosul victory, hails military

Abadi declares Mosul victory, hails military

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared victory in Mosul over ISIS, roughly three years after the group took control over the city and 10 months after his country launched an operation to retake the area.

- July 9: Abadi declares victory in the "liberated" city during a visit to Mosul, his office says.

Since October, the Iraqi forces, backed by a US -led air coalition, have been trying to dislodge Daesh from Mosul, the terrorist group's last stronghold in northern Iraq.

Security sources said earlier Sunday that Iraqi troops are now fighting to drive terrorists from the last meters they control in the Old City in Mosul's western part.

The recovery of the largest city in the north of Iraq does not mark the end of the war against the ultra-radical, responsible of atrocities in areas under its control and of deadly attacks in the world. Iraqi forces battle the last few hundred jihadists in Mosul's historic centre.

Tens of thousands of people are likely to return to the city in the near future, placing pressure on the Iraqi government and the worldwide community to begin rebuilding immediately.

Dressed in a black uniform of a type worn by Iraqi special forces, al-Abadi was shown on state TV on Sunday descending from a military plane and being greeted by senior security forces commanders. During the capture of Mosul killed large numbers of civilians. In recent days, however, the pace of troop advancement had slowed.

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In October, when fighting began, there were roughly 6,000 ISIS militants in Mosul.

Last month, as Iraqi troops closed in on the Old City, the militants destroyed the al-Nuri Mosque and its famous leaning minaret to deny the forces a symbolic triumph.

The extremists still hold several smaller towns and villages across Iraq and Syria.

After almost nine months of fighting, Iraq's prime minister says Mosul has been liberated from ISIS.

March 12, 2017- A USA envoy said Iraqi troops had cut all roads into western Mosul, trapping remaining Daesh militants inside.

"I congratulate Prime Minister Abadi, and the Iraqi forces who have been fighting on the ground with great bravery and care against a brutal opponent", British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement.

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