Iraqi Forces Liberate Mosul From ISIS

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2017

Mosul's captivity under ISIS particularly affected the global Christian community, as reports said that the extremist group had destroyed or taken captive all of Mosul's churches and religious institutions.

While there are still areas of the old city of Mosul that must be back-cleared of explosive devices and possible ISIS fighters in hiding, Inherent Resolve officials said, Iraqi forces have Mosul now firmly under their control.

"The victory over the Islamic State in Mosul may be the beginning of another fight", he said.

General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi said, according to the report, "We are all very proud of what this soldier did".

The militants' hold on Mosul finally ended after they were defeated to the Iraqi armed forces after a nine-month battle.

Last week, the Iraqi army officially declared Mosul liberated from ISIS, marking the destruction of one-half of the militants' caliphate.

Britain will send lifesaving aid and provide extra funding to help civilians in war-torn Mosul.

State Minister for Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, said: "liberating Mosul is a victory for humanity over the forces of terrorism and evil", adding that it is a model of will set by those who sacrifice their lives to defeat terrorism.

"I reject any notion that coalition fires were in any way imprecise, unlawful, or excessively targeted civilians", Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend told a news briefing in Washington.

IS fighters were also accused by Amnesty of committing serious abuses.

On Wednesday, Iraqi forces and jihadists exchanged gunfire in Mosul's Old City while army helicopters strafed overhead.

About 900,000 residents have been displaced by the fighting, and thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed.

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance in 2014.

Video taken from a drone on Monday quickly confirmed that the battle to seize Mosul from the Islamic State continues, and that at least 100 civilians were still trapped by the fighting.

USA president Donald Trump said that the Islamic State was "on the run" and will soon be "wiped out" of Syria and Iraq, days after the Iraqi forces with the help of the US-led worldwide coalition re-took Mosul from the terror group.

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