Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul on Sunday to congratulate Iraqi forces for their victory over Daesh (IS) in the war-torn city.
Iraqi forces capture historic Mosque
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The prime minister’s office said he was there to mark Mosul’s full “liberation”
The New Union starting covering the Mosul offensive when it started on October 17, 2016.
So-called Islamic State took Mosul as its stronghold in Iraq during their “lightning strike” in June 2014 when the militants captured larges swathes of territory in northern Syria and Iraq.
The campaign to liberate Mosul launched in October 2016 by Iraqi security forces along with the Kurdish Peshmerga, Sunni Arab tribesmen, and Shia militia numbering around 50,000 in total. The offensive was initially slow to start due to tough resistance from so-called Islamic State.
A U.S.-led coalition including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France have been active in different roles in the offensive ranging from airstrikes, ground support behind the front lines, and battleground medical camps.
Other members of the Combined Joint Task Force of Operation Inherent Resolve include Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Jordan, Morocco, th.e Netherlands, and Turkey.
Image of Mosul from The New York Times
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Article from: TNU News
Written by: Eli Ridder