Iraqi forces close in on last ISIL fighters in Mosul

10 July, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Essie Rivera
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The group, however, still controls territory in Iraq and is expected to revert to more conventional insurgent tactics such as bombings as its self-proclaimed caliphate falls apart.

A statement released by the prime minister's office said he was there to "congratulate the armed forces and the Iraqi people".

However, dozens of Iraqi soldiers reportedly celebrated amid the rubble along the banks of the Tigris rivers, ahead of a formal victory declaration. A USA -led global coalition is providing air and ground support to the eight-month offensive to wrest back Mosul. Around 915,000 residents have fled Mosul since the start of the battle for the city in October, the United Nations said this week. And, the Iraqi government appears to have no plans laid out for the future of Mosul.

The latest development brought an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city, where thousands of civilians were killed and almost one million people were displaced after the battle for Mosul left large parts of the city in ruins.

Anderson said the coalition has begun delivering aid to help Iraqi police increase their presence in Mosul and hold the city after it is liberated.

"Some members of Daesh have surrendered", it added, using an Arab acronym of Islamic State.

"We are seeing now the last metres [of ground to take] and then final victory will be announced", a military spokesman said.

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But most Iraqi fighters fled by mingling in with the flood of civilians fleeing the Old City.

Commander of the 1st Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Flalah Al-Wardani, said: "Heroes of the Emergency Rapid Division today recaptured the terrorists' last stronghold in the Old City".

- February 19: Abadi announces the start of the battle for west Mosul, with Iraqi forces backed by coalition air power and support from coalition advisers.

The Iraqi army, with backing from the U.S. military which has conducted air strikes, has been locked in a fight for the city since October past year.

The is militants captured Mosul in June 2014.

There were a large number of roadside bombs and booby-trapped buildings, in addition to IS snipers taking position in the buildings and narrow alleys of heavily-populated neighbourhoods, where thousands of civilians still live under the IS rule.

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