Iraq PM announces final victory to retake Mosul from ISIL

Iraq PM announces final victory to retake Mosul from ISIL

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the "liberation" of Mosul city on Sunday, bringing the ISIL's reign over this city to an end, Reuters news agency reported citing his office.

"The commander in chief of the armed forces (Prime Minister) Haider al-Abadi arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people for the great victory," said a statement from his office.

Earlier on Sunday, Iraqi state TV has claimed that the forces would announce the final victory in next hours.
The defeat was the biggest yet for the ISIL group three years since it seized Mosul in a lightning offensive, swept across much of the country's Sunni Arab heartland and proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria.

Backed by a US-led international coalition, the offensive has turned much of the city to rubble and forced tens of thousands of people to flee.
Mosul, 400 km north of Iraq's capital city Baghdad, came under ISIL control since June 2014, when government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling ISIL militants to take control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions.


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