Iraq premier declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul

Iraq premier declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul



Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared that the city of Mosul has been ‘liberated’ from Islamic State.
He arrived in the terror group’s de facto capital on Sunday and greeted army officers at the airfield, dressed in a black uniform of a type worn by special forces.
Mr Abadi’s office said in a statement that he “congratulates the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory”.
Although IS holds less than one square kilometre of the city, it is using human shields, suicide bombers and snipers. The militants have pledged to fight to the death.
While plumes of smoke rose from nearby airstrikes, soldiers celebrated an early victory by dancing to patriotic music on top of tanks.
It’s estimated that nearly 900,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Mosul, which fell to IS in the summer of 2014.
The operation to recapture the city was launched in October 2016.

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