Iraqi army liberates Mosul after ten months of fighting

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 10.7.2017 16:55

The Iraqi army, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, captured Mosul after ten months of persistent fighting on July 9, after an offensive for its liberation began on 17 October 2016. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in the town to congratulate the Iraqi army on its victory.

There are several militants from the Islamic state (IS) still present in the Old City, the official announcement of the victory will, therefore, only come when Mosul is completely clear. The IS has held Mosul since June 2014 and still operates in three cities in the western province of Anbar and Tal Afar. The liberation of Mosul does not mean the defeat of the IS, but it is definitely a noticeable loss for the IS. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini also welcomed the liberation of Mosul on Sunday 9 July and evaluated this step as decisive in eliminating terrorist and extremist groups in Iraq and liberating the civilian population. After the fall of Mosul, the only one of the larger cities IS is still holding is the Syrian Raqqa. The likelihood of fully eliminating the IS is nonexistent since it can be assumed it will break into smaller cells that will randomly continue to operate, but, in any case, the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa is the first step towards a symbolic victory over the IS and Islamic radicalism.

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