Liberation of Mosul all but complete

Liberation of Mosul all but complete

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to personally congratulate the Iraqi security forces "on achieving victory", a statement from his office said.

Abadi "arrives in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulates the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory", his office said.

Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul in October, backed by airstrikes from the USA -led coalition.

With Mosul now retaken, numerous displaced civilians are expected to return, putting pressure on the Iraqi government to begin rebuilding the city in haste.

The recapture of Mosul, which the AE had its main stronghold in Iraq, is the most important victory of Iraq in the face of the IS since the extremist group sunni had taken in 2014 of large swathes of iraqi territory.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center, is pictured in Mosul, Iraq, on July 9, 2017.

"We should not view the recapture of Mosul as the death knell for IS", said Patrick Martin, Iraq analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, adding the group "still holds significant urban terrain", notably in Syria.




- March 12: A USA envoy says Iraqi troops have cut all roads into western Mosul, trapping remaining IS fighters inside.

As "victory" was proclaimed in Mosul, Save the Children warned of the psychological impact on the children "haunted by memories of extreme violence, or of loved ones killed in front of them".

Earlier Sunday, Iraqi forces battling Daesh militants reached the Tigris riverbanks in the Old City of Mosul.

The city which has been under the iron grip of the ISIS since its capture in June 2014 was the venue of one of the biggest military operations aimed at liberating the city since last October.

The United Nations says that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled Mosul over the past seven months. The Islamic State remains in control of several towns in Iraq.

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

ISIS, according to news agency Reuters, had taken an oath to fight until their last breath but were overshadowed by the Iraqi forces.

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