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.
Rhodeau – Arbil
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
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