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In Symbolic Victory, Iraqi Forces Capture Historic Mosul Mosque From ISIS

He added that the recent victory was achieved after the Iraqi people and government, instead of putting their trust in foreign powers, relied on the power of the popular forces under the guidance of the country’s Marja’s (religious leadership).Photos show the devastation left behind after a long offensive, as hundreds of civilians are fleeing, many so badly injured they have had to be carried over the mounds of rubble that clog the old city’s narrow streets.Assadi estimated that there are between 200 and 300 IS fighters left in the city, a lot of them foreigners. One woman collapsed, apparently from dehydration. Gen. Sami al-Aridi.According to recent United Nations reports, some 100,000 civilians are still trapped in the IS-held areas in the old city center and the adjacent al-Shifaa neighbourhood. After eight months of grueling battles to retake Mosul, the dense west Mosul neighborhood is IS’ last stand in Iraq’s second-largest city.Iraqi officials report USA -backed government troops have recaptured more neighborhoods in the Old City of Mosul, saying dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in fierce fighting for the extremists’ final stronghold in the country.Mosul, 400 km north of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, has been under IS control since June 2014, when government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling IS militants to take control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions.”Our forces are advancing from three sides and are pursuing the terrorist groups in the few remaining areas of the Old City”, Jawdat said in a statement.