The Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to announce the liberation of the city from insurgents «Islamic state» and to congratulate the Iraqi military victory.
«Commander of the armed forces, Haider al-Abadi» has arrived in the liberated Mosul and congratulated the heroic Iraqi fighters and people of great victory», — says the official statement of the press service of the head of the government of Iraq, quoted by the BBC.
Earlier, Iraqi state television reported that the military special anti-terrorist unit of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Iraq raised the national flag over the effluent to the Tigris river with a quarter of the Old city of Mosul. The report reveals that troops and allied militias had to go a few meters to end up with the last pockets of resistance of the terrorist group «Islamic state».
The TV channel «al-Jazeera» broadcast that many fighters jump in the river to not be captured. Above the city rises smoke. From time to time heard the roar of the bombing. The streets are the decaying bodies.
Recall that on 29 June the Iraqi defense Ministry announced about the end of the battle for Mosul. According to the statement, in the Old city there is continuing resistance to militant groups, and the authorities of the Islamic state in Mosul has come to an end.
On 2 July the command of the Iraqi forces reported that in the Old city are four pockets of resistance fighters. «We still have to release jihadists from the areas of al-Nujeifi, AC-Shed, and part Lakasha and Women Jadida», — declared the General Shakar Jawdat.