Iraq declares 'victory' over Islamic State in Mosul

Mosul had a dimension that is very symbolic for the AE: its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been introduced in July 2014 his single public appearance after the proclamation of a "caliphate" in the vast territories conquered by the group to jihadist in Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi forces liberated the left bank in late January, 100 days after the launch of the Mosul offensive last October.

"PM Al-Abadi arrives in Mosul to announce its liberation and congratulate the armed forces and Iraqi people on this victory", a description of the photo said.

Thirty IS militants were killed as they attempted to escape the advance of the Iraqi forces by throwing themselves in the River Tigris, state media said.

A United States-led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support to the eight-month offensive to wrest back Mosul.

Militants remaining in the city have pledged to fight on "to the death" with the use of human shields, suicide bombers and snipers.

In a Twitter message, French President Emmanuel Macron hailed Iraqi troops and their allies for retaking Mosul from IS.

The battle has left large parts of Mosul in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced almost one million people.

Nov 23, 2016- Shiite-dominated paramilitary units known as the Hashed Al-Shaabi said they have cut Daesh supply lines between Mosul and the militants' Syrian stronghold Raqqa.

A U.S. general told the AFP news agency that the Iraqi military was close to announcing a final victory.

But IS's Amaq news agency reported "fierce fighting" around the riverside district of Maydan and said its fighters "were holding onto their fortified positions".

Key dates in the offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq's northern city of Mosul where on Sunday Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory.

Mar 14, 2017- Iraqi forces said they had captured the city's train station after reaching other symbolic sites such as the regional government headquarters and the city's museum.

Some Iraqi fighters have already begun victory celebrations, with reports of dozens of soldiers dancing to music blaring from a truck and firing machineguns in the air.

After liberating Mosul, ISIS' domination in Iraq will be reduced to mainly rural, desert areas west and south of the city where tens of thousands of people live.

The government announced the "liberation" of eastern Mosul in January, but the west of the city, with its narrow, winding streets, has presented a more hard challenge.

  • Rogelio Becker