“Last Meters” Until Final Victory in Mosul

As reported by Reuters news agency, Islamic State militants vowed to “fight to the death” in Mosul on Saturday as Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment. Dozens of Iraqi soldiers celebrated amid the rubble on the banks of the Tigris river without waiting for a formal victory declaration, some dancing to music blaring out from a truck and firing automatic weapons into the air. Nearly one million Mosul residents are displaced by months of combat, many of whom are living in camps outside the city with little relief from the summer heat.

Speaking with Reuters reporters, Mohammed Haji Ahmed, 43, a clothing trader, said, “If there is no rebuilding and people don’t return to their homes and regain their belongings, what is the meaning of liberation?”

Earlier on Saturday, a military spokesman said the insurgents’ defense lines were collapsing. A Syrian state television presenter announced that they are “seeing now the last meters (yards) and then final victory will be announced.” She went on to say, “It’s a matter of hours.” However, the Islamic State’s Amaq news agency reported “fierce fighting” around the riverside district of Maydan and said its fighters “were holding onto their fortified positions.” The news agency went on to say, “The fighters of Islamic State are collectively pledging (to fight to the) death in Maydan.”

Reuters report found here.

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