Prime News, International, Mosul, July 10:- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in the “liberated” city of Mosul on Sunday, his office said, in the biggest defeat yet for the ISIS group.
Abadi “arrives in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulates the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory,” his office said in a statement.
The announcement comes after a gruelling nearly nine-month battle to retake the northern city from the jihadists after three years under their rule.
A photo on Abadi’s official Twitter account showed him dressed in a black military uniform and cap as he arrived in Mosul to announce the recapture of the city.
The declared victory in Mosul marks an epic milestone for the Iraqi security forces, who had crumbled in the face of an ISIS onslaught across Iraq in 2014.
ISIS swept across much of Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland in a lightning offensive that year, proclaiming a self-styled “caliphate” straddling Iraq and neighbouring Syria.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)