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Iraq: Al-Abadi arrives in Mosul to congratulate army on 'victory' over IS00:11

Iraq: Al-Abadi arrives in Mosul to congratulate army on 'victory' over IS

Iraq, Mosul
July 9, 2017 at 18:13 GMT -00:00 · Published

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces on their 'victory' against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), Sunday.

The Mosul military operation against IS began October 17 last year, an offensive fronted by the Iraqi army and backed by US-led coalition forces. The militant group had controlled the city since 2014. The government announced that it recaptured eastern Mosul in January of this year, while the west remained under IS control.

Since 2014, some 900,000 civilians have been displaced from Mosul, which constitutes about a half of the city's pre-war population. A new US report from Operation Inherent Resolve officials confirmed that a total of 603 civilian deaths had been killed so far during the US-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq: Al-Abadi arrives in Mosul to congratulate army on 'victory' over IS00:11
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces on their 'victory' against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), Sunday.

The Mosul military operation against IS began October 17 last year, an offensive fronted by the Iraqi army and backed by US-led coalition forces. The militant group had controlled the city since 2014. The government announced that it recaptured eastern Mosul in January of this year, while the west remained under IS control.

Since 2014, some 900,000 civilians have been displaced from Mosul, which constitutes about a half of the city's pre-war population. A new US report from Operation Inherent Resolve officials confirmed that a total of 603 civilian deaths had been killed so far during the US-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria.

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