Islamic State liberated from Mosul as Iraqi troops celebrate
MOSUL – ISIS has been liberated from one of their biggest strategic locations in the Middle East. Iraqi forces were congratulated for their efforts by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday.
This deals an enormous blow to the Islamic State as Mosul had been their main operating base since 2014.
U.S. air and ground forces offered assistance to the Iraqi government. France and Russia also participated in the raids.
The battle for Mosul had lasted nearly nine months before Trump was sworn into office of the Presidency. Since then nearly 1 million have been displaced, and thousands of civilians died in the line of fire much of whom were used by the Islamic militants as human shields.
The conquest of Mosul from ISIS came under the eye of President Obama’s term in office in late 2013 as the U.S. prematurely pulled out of the region. This left a vacuum for Islamic fundamentalist to take over. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a public appearance in 2014 declaring the fundamentalist as the caliphate in the city’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri.
Russian officials says it may have killed al-Baghdadi during an airstrike implemented in the city of Raqqa in Syria. The U.S. has little sign to confirm this. Recently, an ISIS Priest was executed for implying that al-Baghdadi had died.
Iraqi State television aired Abadi alongside with his forces touring the city.
Mosul’s Old City, remained the only scene for gunfire where groups came together in a last push to liberate the city.
Though Abadi met with commanders in west Mosul he has not yet declared victory or imply that the entire city to be completely eradicated of ISIS.