Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Iraq celebrates Mosul victory on the streets of Baghdad

Iraq celebrates Mosul victory on the streets of Baghdad

Al-Araji said that Iraq had been "victorious over Daesh and terrorism".

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIL in Mosul on July 9th after Iraqi forces took over western Mosul's Old City, the birthplace of the ISIL where the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made a sermon proclaiming control over a third of Iraq and Syria. Last week, Iraqi authorities announced the full liberation of Mosul, the last ISIL stronghold in northern Iraq.

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The group of women, who were arrested on Thursday, included citizens of Germany (five), Russian Federation (three), Turkey (three), Canada (two), Chechnya (one) and from Libya and Syria (six in total), according to al-Araji.

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.

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The battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State has forced more than a million Iraqis to flee, of which only 220,000 have been able to return home, an intergovernmental organisation reported on Friday.

The Iraqi military forces are prepared to hunt for the Daesh members out of the borders with the permission of the governments of Baghdad and Damascus, Iraqi Ambassador to Tehran Rajih Sabir Aboudi al-Mousavi told Tasnim.

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He predicted that the events which led to the failure of terrorists who are backed by the U.S. and the reactionary regimes in the region will also happen in Syria, Yemen and other countries which have come under attack. Baghdad and other provinces nationwide are now witnessing Iraqis celebrating ISIS terrorists being driven out of their former bastion Mosul.

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