Mosul liberation will be announced in few days, says Iraqi PM

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Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. File photo

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that the “liberation” of the city of Mosul from Islamic State’s (ISIS) extremists will be announced in a few days.

“It’s a matter of a few days and we will announce the total liberation of Mosul,” Abadi told reporters in Baghdad, according to to Baghdad-based al-Sumaria TV.

This comes just one days after the government of Iraq announced the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in western Mosul by ISIS militants on Wednesday, June 21.

Iraqi authorities have dropped leaflets over Mosul warning civilians to stay inside and are telling jihadists to “surrender or die” after launching an assault to retake the Old City.

Iraqi forces launched an assault on Sunday to recapture the Old City, the last district of Mosul still held by ISIS after a months-long offensive.

Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are concerns for the more than 100,000 civilians believed to remain inside the Old City.

The push into Mosul’s Old City — a densely populated warren of narrow alleyways on the western side of Iraq’s second city — marks the culmination of a months-long campaign by Iraqi forces to retake ISIS’s last major urban stronghold in the country.

The loss of Mosul would mark the effective end of the Iraqi portion of the cross-border “caliphate” ISIS declared in the summer of 2014 after seizing large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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