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10 July 2017, 12:55 | Kara Nash
Iraqi military's victory over ISIS in Mosul expected today
Abadi "arrives in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulates the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory", his office said in a statement.
US -backed Syrian forces have encircled and pushed into the Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa in neighboring Syria after a month of fighting, although a long battle lies ahead.
When the terror group seized Mosul in June 2014, it also took control of more than 2.5 million people and subjected some to horrors.
Since October 2016, the Iraqi troops were assisted by the US Air Force, as it led the air strikes to neutralise the scores of ISIS militants.
Abadi's spokesman, Saad al-Hadithi, said victory would not be formally declared until the few remaining Islamic State militants were cleared from Mosul.
- March 12: A U.S. envoy says Iraqi troops have cut all roads into western Mosul, trapping remaining IS fighters inside. From the pulpit of Mosul's al-Nuri mosque nearly exactly three years ago, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had proclaimed a caliphate that would span Syria and Iraq.
Six years of fighting and siege have devastated Daraa, one of the first cities to see large protests against President Bashar Assad in 2011.
The Iraqi premier is expected to announce the liberation of the northern city from Daesh during his visit.
"The RAF has struck more than 750 targets as part of the campaign to liberate Mosul - second only to the United States".
The battle has left large parts of Mosul in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced almost one million people. The Islamic State remains in control of several towns in Iraq.
Earlier this week, 200 Turkmens were executed by ISIS militants in Tal Afar after holding them for around two months.
There were a large number of roadside bombs and booby-trapped buildings, in addition to IS snipers taking position in the buildings and narrow alleys of heavily-populated neighbourhoods, where thousands of civilians still live under the IS rule.
The Defence Secretary congratulated the Iraqi premier and the country's forces who had been fighting "with great bravery and care against a brutal opponent" in IS, also known as Daesh.
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