Baghdad, July 10: At last! Iraq on Sunday evening declared victory against the most dangerous terrorist group i.e Islamic State group (IS) in Mosul after a months-long battle. Notably, Iraqi forces defeated Islamic State and reclaimed Mosul back.
Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul after nearly nine months of fighting to eradicate the extremist group from the city where it proclaimed it’s so-called “caliphate”. Haider al-Abadi, dressed in black military uniform visited in liberated Mosul to congratulate the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory, three years after IS declared its self-styled caliphate from the city.
Thousands have died, nearly a million displaced and swaths of the city have been reduced to ruins during the gruelling campaign, including the ancient al-Nuri mosque and minaret that were one of its best-known landmarks. However, the operation was backed by a US-led coalition battling IS group in Syria and Iraq, which has carried out waves of air strikes against the group and deployed military advisers on the ground.
Victory in Mosul is both strategic and symbolic milestone for Iraqi fighters backed by US-led coalition forces, later sparked celebrations across the country. France President Emmanuel Macron was among the first world leaders to offer his congratulations. In a tweet, he said Mosul has been liberated from IS.
Importantly, the city had been the last major urban stronghold Isis held in Iraq, and defeat there pushes the group back towards its insurgent roots, leaving the militants with just a handful of towns and stretches of the sparsely populated desert under their control.