Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran Congratulates Iraq's Victory Over ISIL in Mosul

Iran Congratulates Iraq's Victory Over ISIL in Mosul

Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City for months, but its narrow streets and closely spaced buildings combined with a large civilian population made for an extremely hard fight.

"Our forces are advancing from three sides and are pursuing the terrorist groups in the few remaining areas of the Old City", Jawdat said in a statement.

Federal police units recaptured a bridge over the Tigris River on Saturday - the last escape route for the Islamic State, the military said.

Iraqi officials report USA -backed government troops have recaptured more neighborhoods in the Old City of Mosul, saying dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in fierce fighting for the extremists' final stronghold in the country.

"Thousands of children continue to be trapped in relentless violence in West Mosul's Old City neighbourhoods as the fighting heavily intensified over the past hours".

The terror group in Mosul was "completely defeated,"Jaudat stressed, adding that the Iraqi forces would take control over the rest of the city in the coming hours". Hundreds of civilians have already been reported killed and used as human shields.

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The jihadists made sure that the Nuri mosque was not captured intact, blowing it up as Iraqi forces closed in, along with its famed leaning minaret - known affectionately as "Al-Hadba" (The Hunchback).

Iraqi officials say they will declare victory in Mosul within days.

According to recent United Nations reports, some 100,000 civilians are still trapped in the IS-held areas in the old city and the adjacent al-Shifaa neighborhood, the last neighborhood which remained outside the major IS redoubt of the old city center.

Mosul has served as the Daesh headquarters in Iraq since the group's invasion from Syria in 2014.

"Daesh now holds control over a few small residential areas".

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