Iraqi declares total victory over Islamic State in Mosul

Iraqi declares total victory over Islamic State in Mosul”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the victory "a critical milestone" in the war against Islamic State.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul on Monday, three years after Islamic State seized the city and made it the stronghold of a "caliphate" they said would take over the world. "This is a great celebration that crowned the victories of the fighters and the Iraqis over the last three years".

Wilsey says he started keeping his truck and camper loaded with supplies in February after anxiously watching a creek on his property swell during winter rains that prompted thousands to flee when spillways in the nation's tallest dam began crumbling.

The operation has been backed by a US-led coalition battling ISIL in Syria and Iraq, which has carried out waves of air strikes against the group and deployed military advisers on the ground.

The Mosul operation coincides with a U.S. -supported attack by local fighters in neighboring Syria aimed at expelling Islamic State from its de facto capital of Raqqa.

Fawaz Gerges, a Middle East expert at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said that there was no time to waste in beginning social and physical reconstruction. CNN drove through some of these areas, and saw signs of life returning to normal - traffic on the roads and chickens being sold in makeshift markets.

He said the victory "underscores the success of the international effort led by the Iraqi Security Forces", but said there is still much work to be done.

It is a moment for Iraqis to celebrate after nearly nine months of bloody warfare against the Sunni extremists of ISIS.

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"It's a relief to know that the military campaign in Mosul is ending".

Members of the Iraqi army's 9th Division were seen standing on tanks and dancing to patriotic music as airstrikes continued in small sections of Mosul's Old City, where Islamic State fighters took their last stand, the Associated Press reported.

Hours earlier, airstrikes pounded the last ISIS-held territory on the western edge of the Tigris River.

In the aftermath of victory in Mosul, Abadi's government faces the task of managing the sectarian tensions there and elsewhere that enabled Islamic State to win support, and the threat of a wave of revenge violence in the city.

Baghdadi has fled the city and his whereabouts are unknown.

The militant group also prevented people from escaping.

Iraq and its allies will have to work on creating a strong and permanent security presence in Mosul to ensure this does not happen. The battle then intensified as the vise is tightened on the jihadis in the old city, a narrow space and is densely populated.

"All along the front line, there are so many families under the rubble", he said.

"It becomes a source of what I call the three R's: recruit, retain, and reward", Bloom said.

"I congratulate all Iraqis on the great victory over the terrorist Daesh (IS) which was achieved by the blood of the martyrs of our security forces and the unity of all Iraqis under the leadership of Prime Minister Abadi", Ismail Hameed, 23, told Xinhua.

The infrastructure in western Mosul, where the fighting was fiercest, has been decimated.

There is no one universal reason that a terrorist group might take hostages, or who those victims might be. Some comprise a few dozen men hiding in mountains and jungles; others have been sophisticated and well-funded, with close links to ISIS' head office.

It is the same story in other areas captured from ISIS.

In Iraq, there are precious few alternatives for ISIS militants because the group has systematically attacked rivals in the region.

Women who are not of childbearing age - either too young or too old to become wives - can be used to be trained as suicide bombers.

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