Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi declares victory over ISIS in Mosul

Michele Moreno
July 10, 2017

From the pulpit of Mosul's al-Nuri mosque nearly exactly three years ago, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had proclaimed a caliphate that would span Syria and Iraq.

Iraqi troops are now some 270 yards from the Tigris River, which divides eastern and western Mosul. Iraqi forces are backed by air strikes and advisers of the US-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

Much of Mosul's Old City and surrounding areas have been devastated by months of grueling urban combat.

In a Twitter message, French President Emmanuel Macron hailed Iraqi troops and their allies for retaking Mosul from IS.

The declaration follows eight months of fierce fighting by Iraqi forces and a US-led coalition to oust the militants from their final stronghold in the country.

"Mosul liberated from Daesh (another name for Islamic State)".

Iraqi authorities will imminently announce a final victory, a U.S. general said on Saturday.

Iraq's regional Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said last Thursday in a Reuters interview that the Baghdad central government had failed to prepare a post-battle political, security and governance plan.

Iraqi television broadcasters meanwhile showed footage of government soldiers atop armoured vehicles waving the national flag in jubilation reportedly inside the Old City.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul and congratulated the armed forces for their "victory" over Islamic State after almost nine months of urban warfare, bringing an end to jihadist rule in the city.

There were a large number of roadside bombs and booby-trapped buildings, in addition to IS snipers taking position in the buildings and narrow alleys of heavily-populated neighbourhoods, where thousands of civilians still live under the IS rule.

"The damage in the right bank, compared to the left bank is 30 times more", said Nofal al-Hammad, governor of Nineveh, a city located on the outskirts of Mosul.

Some Iraqi fighters have already begun victory celebrations, with reports of dozens of soldiers dancing to music blaring from a truck and firing machineguns in the air.

The agency also reported plumes of smoke over the Old City and decaying corpses of ISIL fighters lying on its streets.

The US Department of Defense requested $1.2bn in US budget funds for 2018 to continue supporting Iraqi forces.

Other reports by Insurance News

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