IS militants pledge to 'fight to the death' in Mosul

Marsha Scott
July 10, 2017

June 29, 2014- The terror outfit declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in territories it controls in Iraq and Syria and demands allegiance from Muslims worldwide.

Backed by US-led coalition forces, Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul in October. A US -led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support to the eight-month offensive to wrest back Mosul.

The Islamic State will be entirely eradicated from its de facto capital in Mosul by next week, a senior general operating in Iraq said Thursday. The road where the soldiers celebrated was scarred with gaping holes from explosions and rubble from a flattened multi-storey shopping mall.

The latest development brought an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city, where thousands of civilians were killed and almost one million people were displaced after the battle for Mosul left large parts of the city in ruins.

Regardless of the declaration of victory in Mosul, the militants are likely to continue staging attacks there and other Iraqi cities for months, if not years.

Nov 23, 2016- Shiite-dominated paramilitary units known as the Hashed Al-Shaabi said they have cut Daesh supply lines between Mosul and the militants' Syrian stronghold Raqqa.

However the ISIS Amaq news agency claimed "fierce fighting" was ongoing around the Maydan district.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Sunday the northern city of Mosul to celebrate the victory in a nine-month battle against the self-styled "Islamic State" (IS) militant group.

Recapture of Mosul would mark the biggest victory for Iraq since Islamic State seized large chunks of the country in a 2014 blitz.

Iraq's Joint Operations Command issued a statement saying that 35 ISIS members were killed and six captured trying to escape "the advance of our forces" in the Old City.

The CTS and the army's ninth Armoured Division were engaged in heavy house-to-house fighting against the IS in the narrow alleys in the last two pockets of al-Qlei'at and al-Shahwan, a security source said. The government does not reveal casualty figures, but a funding request from the US Department of Defense showed that the Counter Terrorism Service, which has spearheaded the fight in Mosul, had suffered 40 percent losses.

"Mosul liberated from ISIS: France pays homage to all those, who alongside our troops, contributed to this victory", Macron said on his Twitter account.

But, as Reuters reported, residents, who are mostly living in camps outside the city, were less enthusiastic.

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