Victory Declared in Mosul

As reported by Reuters news agency, three years after the Islamic State seized the city of Mosul and made it the stronghold of a “caliphate” they said would take over the world, Iraq’s prime minister declared victory over the terrorists in Mosul on Monday. Speaking on state television, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, “I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism which the terrorist Daesh announced from Mosul.” Deash is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.

A 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi’ite militias launched the offensive to recapture the city from the militants in October, with key air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition. Wearing a black military uniform and flanked by commanders from the security forces, Prime Minister al-Abadi thanked troops and the coalition, but he warned that more challenges lay ahead. Moments before raising an Iraqi flag, he added, “We have another mission ahead of us, to create stability, to build and clear Daesh cells and that requires an intelligence and security effort, and the unity which enabled us to fight Daesh.”

Reuters report found here.

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