The iraqi prime minister proclaims the victory in Mosul "released"

Iraqi commander says 300 ISIS fighters holed up in Mosul

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has visited Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for their "victory" over Islamic State (IS) in the city.

Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air strikes, have been battling to retake Mosul since 17 October past year.

Last month, as Iraqi troops closed in on Mosul's Old City, the militants destroyed the al-Nuri Mosque and its famous leaning minaret to deny the forces a symbolic triumph.

Mosul was captured by Daesh along vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq in 2014.

Of course, government forces have a few times announced imminent victory since the fight for Mosul began in earnest in November.

June 18, 2017- Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake the Old City, where the United Nations said militants might be holding more than 100,000 civilians as human shields.

The Iraqi security forces have still been facing pockets of resistance, but they're already claiming victory against Islamic State.

Still, al-Abadi and Iraqi commanders stopped short Sunday of declaring an outright victory against the extremists, who have occupied Mosul for three years.

October 17, 2016- Iraqi forces launched the assault against the ISIS militants. But in the last ten months, ISIS was forced to retreat under pressure from Iraqi government troops. In recent days, however, the pace of troop advancement had slowed.

Iraqi media reported Sunday that government forces had driven IS from all areas of the city, and are "chasing" them down in some of those areas.

The recapture of Mosul, hailed as a decisive step towards ending this unprecedented episode in the history of modern jihad, is the latest in a long string of setbacks for IS.

June 29, 2014- The terror outfit declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in territories it controls in Iraq and Syria and demands allegiance from Muslims worldwide.

Earlier this week, 200 Turkmens were executed by ISIS militants in Tal Afar after holding them for around two months.

"I congratulate Prime Minister Abadi, and the Iraqi forces who have been fighting on the ground with great bravery and care against a brutal opponent", British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement.

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