Iraq announces ‘victory’ over Islamic State, claims recapture of Mosul

The latest development brought an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city, where thousands of civilians were killed and nearly one million people were displaced after the battle for Mosul left large parts of the city in ruins.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2017 7:08 pm
 battle for mosul, mosul, isis, iraq, islamic state, mosul-iraq, haider al-abadi, iraqi troops, world news, iraq news, indian express Iraqi Army soldiers gather to celebrate their gains as their fight against Islamic State militants continues in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AP Photo)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday declared that the city of Mosul has been completely reclaimed from the clutches of Islamic State. “The commander in chief of the armed forces (Prime Minister) Haider al-Abadi arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people for the great victory,” said a statement from his office. The latest development brought an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city, where thousands of civilians were killed and nearly one million people were displaced after the battle for Mosul left large parts of the city in ruins.

The ISIS terror outfit had vowed to “fight to the death” in Mosul, however, Iraqi military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool stated that 30 militants had been killed when they were attempting to flee by swimming across the River Tigris that bisects the city. The battle has also resulted in a heavy toll on Iraq’s security forces. As per the US Department of Defense, the elite Counter Terrorism Service had incurred 40 percent losses.

The United States-led international coalition, which vociferously backed the campaign against Islamic State in Mosul, has been conducting airstrikes against the militants and assisting troops on the ground. In a bid to continue supporting Iraqi forces, the Department of Defense has also requested $1.269 billion in US budget funds.

Mosul was the largest city to have fallen under the grip of ISIS, and without the control of the Old City, the terror group’s dominion in Iraq will be reduced to mainly rural, desert areas west and south of the city where tens of thousands of people live.

The official statement also comes exactly three years after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had proclaimed a “caliphate” spanning Syria and Iraq from the pulpit of the medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque.

With Reuters inputs 

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    Dc
    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:05 am
    Victims of Feku s cow politics .
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      Kiji
      Jul 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm
      Thanks Almighty Lord to get the terrorist ISIS out. Next shall be their departure to their Heaven like mad dogs shot dead.
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        Surya Prakash Sharma
        Jul 10, 2017 at 6:15 am
        Mohammad has made arrangements for food, water, liquor and in JANNAT in ample for the muslims now crawling on earth to live a life of bliss there. Regular flights will start operating from Masjids once the war gets going. Take a copy of the BOOK as an entry pass at the gate.
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          Proud Kafir
          Jul 10, 2017 at 12:44 am
          Let them now march on ISIS held areas in Syria to help brothers in Syria to get rid of the slimy amoeba called ISIS.
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            Mohammad Dar
            Jul 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm
            Nothing more than dream of hogs of hinduism racism by faith Shias, they are lucky to have it made to the Mosul with the help of hyenas of hinduism racism by faith, Christians and Jew, but rest assured, fighter of truth of human equality and equal accountability have mot been defeated, they have not even lost the battle, but continuing to win the war, against followers of hindu criminal manifesto of hinduism racism by faith, known as Shia, Christians and the Jews.
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              L bhadrapati Devi
              Jul 9, 2017 at 11:50 pm
              Your stage is so serious. Paranoid is the final stage. Consult any psycritist for your peace.
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                Mohammad Dar
                Jul 10, 2017 at 12:00 am
                Take a reality, "Truth" pill, to catch a breath of fresh air, hindrance to truth hinduism racism is, a crime against humanity, to eradicate hinduism racism, is noble, not an act of hinduism illegality, as prosti tuted , by the hogs of hinduism racism by faith, Shia s, Christians and Jews by faith.
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                  Proud Kafir
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 12:47 am
                  Leave this bigot, an agent of ISIS, wahhabi alone. His days are numbered as well. Sooner than later he will get a bullet in his head. He has already put Dar after his Mohammad name. He is not even a true Muslim. There is no 'O' in Arabic and prophet was Muhammad and not Mohammad. This Dar is a slimy amoeba.
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                    Mohammad Dar
                    Jul 10, 2017 at 1:01 am
                    Proud Kafir, day dreaming of a hog of hinduism racism by faith, defending pros ution of hinduism racism as a faith, by spewing his hindu cooked knowledge of Muslims and Islam.
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                  L bhadrapati Devi
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 11:23 pm
                  Saudi Arabia is the architect of ISIS and Islamic terrorism. In India also many young educated Muslim's are systematically radicalized to mould them killing machine. All clerics must be under survillence so that any civil war of the West Asia should not happen in India.
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                    Mohammad Dar
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 11:37 pm
                    It is noble to eradicate hogs of hindusim racism by faith hindus, under many labels, to impose human equality and equal accountability, an act of noble nature, not a hindu criminal natures, every dog of hinduism racism by faith, calls his faith.
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                      L bhadrapati Devi
                      Jul 9, 2017 at 11:47 pm
                      You are also infected by Islamic terrorist virus. Being a Zombie, you may also be culled because war on terror is right for humanity and peace.
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                        Islam Not A Religion
                        Jul 10, 2017 at 1:50 am
                        Hinduism is what you belonged to once, before your anc story decided to become some B-grade Arabs and eat their radical sh t called Islam, you are no Arab, remember that, Arabs treat you Indian, and Bangladeshi Muslims like peice of sh t in gulf
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                      Hedonist
                      Jul 9, 2017 at 10:19 pm
                      Iraqs neighbor is not Pakistan. That's why ISIS was wiped off. But Afghanistan is unlucky to have Pakistan as its neighbor
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                        Mohammad Dar
                        Jul 9, 2017 at 11:41 pm
                        ISIS wiped out, only in dreams of hogs of hinduism racism by faith, Shias, Christians and the Jews. hindrance to truth hinduism racism is not a faith but, a crime against humanity, practiced as a faith. deserving of no mercy but, complete eradication from the face of the earth, for peae, Islam among humanity.
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                        Islam Not A Religion
                        Jul 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm
                        Hope one day, Mecca and medina fall this way too! Saudi is biggest exporter of Islamic wahabi terrorism via its funding to mederessas in different countries and radical training to mosque mullahs, which ruins every Muslim in thta particular area via its rabid Friday sermons in mosques. Muslims come out angry from mosque hating non Muslims, hating women who they think are too modern. I have seen this myself
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