Iraqi Police Chief Major-General Raed Shaker Jawdat said his forces were continuing to clean up and inspect the remaining areas of the Old City to eliminate terrorist elements.
MOSUL — All streets in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been cleared of Islamic State (IS) militants, a reliable source inside the city said on Friday.
According to the source, the Iraqi Federal Police together with the army are preparing themselves for a victory parade in Mosul, as the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, is about to declare the complete liberation of the city.
Military commanders said earlier on Friday that they expect the Iraqi PM’s statement on end of the operation of Mosul to be read in the upcoming hours.
The Iraqi forces recaptured the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul’s Old City, which marked the defeat of IS in the city.
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The leadership of the federal police forces announced on Friday 7/7-2017 the liberation of its axes in the city of Mosul entirely from the control of the organization “Islamic State”.
Federal police chief, Raed Shaker Jawdat, said that “the Federal Police Ashaos and Gari Rapid Response have completed the liberation of their axes in full.”
He added that “the pieces of the federal police completed the task and continue to pursue sleeper cells and the remnants of hiding hiding and remove their violations from the Najafi area.”
He pointed out in a speech during the celebration that “victory can forget all our wounds is a balm for all the wounded heroes and the families of martyrs and Iraqis, and victory must be taken strongly, it is not achieved easily, but requires sacrifices and you gave the bloodiest.”
Iraqi forces are close to restoring the last stronghold of the old town of Mosul on the western side of Mosul, where it has captured more than three-quarters of the 2,000-square-meter old city.
Underscoring US concerns about a crisis involving key allies in the Middle East, the department said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to visit Kuwait, which is mediating in the dispute, on Monday, Time Magazine reported Friday.
“We remain very concerned about that ongoing situation between Qatar and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing.
“We’ve become increasingly concerned that that dispute is at an impasse at this point. We believe that this could potentially drag on for weeks. It could drag on for months. It could possibly even intensify,” she said.
In the latest top-level US contact with officials of the countries involved in the dispute, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis discussed the importance of easing tensions in a phone call with Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain broke diplomatic relations with Qatar last month and launched a drive to boycott the gas-producing state, which they accuse of supporting terrorism and allying with regional foe Iran.
Last Modified: 07 07 2017 05:46 PM
On Friday, July 7, 2017, demonstrations were held in Tahrir square in central Baghdad, under the slogan “Friday of Victory” to support the armed forces involved in the process of restoring Mosul from the organization of the “Islamic State”.
“As the signs of victory loom over us, and we are given his sincere prophecies, we are filled with the pride and pride that an army like our army is protecting itself from fever,” said the central committee overseeing the popular protests in Iraq. “We really had to celebrate what they were winning. After another .. To be gathered this Friday (Victory) for us to the martyrs of our army and our security forces and their wounds, and other heroes.
The statement added: “We will not only be celebrating, as they have determined themselves to meet our security and dignity, we from the Liberation Square and their blood Zaki divided to go forward in the fight against the causes of corruption, even the achievement of just demands that ensure Iraq’s national national fatherhood independent and secure the love of the homeland and the service of human. The desired change is the removal of the commission of misery, and the law of the most desperate, neutral and unfair elections … and replacing them with faces from Iraq and Iraq, and a just law from the very point of our need and our stage. “
The statement continued: “Fahmoa O Sons of Iraq in the collection of this seventh of July 2017 to Tahrir Square at 5:30 pm, and the other provinces beloved every in his yard, to make it one day to honor our armed forces and the blessing of victory.”
It is scheduled to read a statement by the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr on the service project, in Tahrir Square in Baghdad.
Said the fight against terrorism, a commander on Friday that his forces on the verge of resolving the battle field in the neighborhood last strongholds Daesh inside the Old City Ayman Mosul, pointing out that a few meters separating them from reaching the banks of the Tigris.
Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said in a press interview that “the fight against terrorism continues to provide a central neighborhood of the field inside the old town and troops battling against the remaining terrorists Daesh and Atvsalna for access to the banks of the Tigris just a few meters.”
Saadi added, “More than 50 Daashaa killed at least in the area of the field and is the largest section of the terrorists organization trapped in it.”
Saadi pointed to, that “anti-terrorism forces progressing slowly and warned to avoid inflict casualties on civilians who are trapped Atakzhm Arhabiyoa Daesh as human shields in the remaining narrow space of the neighborhood.”
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