Iraqi PM congratulates military on ‘victory’ over ISIS in Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to congratulate the country’s security forces on their “great victory” in liberating the city from Islamic State terrorists after an eight-month-long operation.

“The commander in chief of the armed forces, Haider al-Abadi, arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and Iraqi people for the great victory,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Sunday.

State TV showed Abadi getting out of a military plane in a black Iraqi Special forces uniform, AP reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter on Sunday to congratulate Iraq, as well as members of the US-led coalition involved in the Mosul operation, on the victory

“Mosul liberated from ISIS: France pays homage to all those who, alongside our troops, contributed to this victory,” Macron wrote.

In late June, Abadi proclaimed that the “state of falsehood” created by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) had ended.

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FILE PHOTO: Displaced Iraqi civilians  in the Old City of Mosul @ Alaa Al-Marjani

The announcement followed the recapture of the ruins of the historic al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, which had been blown up by the terrorists.

At that time, Abadi promised to continue pursuing IS militants “to kill them and detain them, down to the last one.”

The operation to liberate Mosul, which had been Islamic State’s de-facto capital in Iraq since 2014, began eight months ago with the backing of US-led coalition warplanes and special forces.

Heavy urban fighting has led to the deaths of thousands of people and left most of the city in ruins and over a million residents displaced.

READ MORE: ISIS vows fight to death as Iraqi military says Mosul just ‘meters’ from imminent liberation

Over the course of the campaign, the US-led coalition forces have been criticized over Mosul bombing campaign.

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