Iraq celebrates Mosul victory on the streets of Baghdad

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

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When Daesh captured Mosul back in 2014, the Iraqi government faced criticism for being unable to defend one of its largest cities.

After Abadi announced the "complete liberation" of Mosul, he declared a weeklong celebration throughout the country, with parades being held in other Iraqi cities as well.

National army, police and other security troops along with Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) partook in the parade.

Iraq is facing the challenge of returning residents to their homes in the war-torn city of Mosul.

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"I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism which the terrorist ISIS announced from Mosul", Abadi said in a speech shown on state television.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmad Jamal on Sunday denied Baghdad's intention to militarily intervene in Syria to fight the terror group Islamic State (IS).

It took Iraq's USA -backed forces almost nine months to wrest Mosul from the Islamic State group, and the cost was enormous destruction, especially in the western part of the city.

Iraq declared a week-long holiday to mark the victory. IS is still holding some remote parts of Iraq and major Syrian cities, such as Raqqa, its de facto capital in Syria. Backed by the US -led worldwide coalition, Iraq last October launched a wide-scale military offensive to recapture Mosul and the surrounding areas, with various Iraqi military, police and paramilitary forces taking part in the operation. A total of 195,000 civilians have also returned, mainly to the liberated areas in the east.

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