Iraqi Army Takes Control Over Mosul, Fights with Islamic State Group Left Destruction

Time: 5:06 p.m. CEST

Dust, rubles, rescue teams searching the destructed area in Iraqi city of Mosul after Iraqi forces gained control over the town captured by the Islamic State group in 2014.

More than six months after the operation for liberation of the city started, Iraqi forces helped with the U.S. air strikes pushed out of the city Islamic State militants. On July 9, Iraqi Prime minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to announce “liberation” of the city.

Islamic State militants are holding tiny area near the Old City and sporadic fights occurs. In the battle for Mosul, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen participated in the fights against IS. Iraqi forces would continue with the fights against Islamic State group in other areas inside Iraq.

Since 2014, about million people left the city, which is almost half of the pre-war population, BBC News publishes assessments of aid organization.


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