Iraq announces Win over Islamic State in Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on 09 July 2017 and congratulated the armed forces for their “victory” over Islamic State after eight months of urban warfare, bringing an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city. The battle has left large parts of Mosul in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one million people. 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 Iraqi people for the great victory. The decaying corpses of terrorists lay in the narrow streets of the Old City where Islamic State has staged a last stand against Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition.

The group vowed to “fight to the death” in Mosul, but Iraqi military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told state TV earlier on Sunday that 30 terrorists had been killed attempting to escape by swimming across the River Tigris that bisects the city. The Iraqi government does not reveal casualty figures, but a funding request from the US Department of Defense said the elite Counter Terrorism Service, which has spearheaded the fight in Mosul, had suffered 40 per cent losses.

The United States leads an international coalition that is backing the campaign against Islamic State in Mosul by conducting airstrikes against the militants and assisting troops on the ground. The Department of Defense has requested $1.269 billion in US budget funds for 2018 to continue supporting Iraqi forces.

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