Iraq has declared victory over the Islamic State terror group in Mosul after months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said he is in liberated Mosul to congratulate the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory, three years after IS declared its self-styled caliphate from the city.
The operation was backed by a US-led coalition battling IS group in Syria and Iraq, which has carried out waves of air strikes against the group and deployed military advisers on the ground. France President Emmanuel Macron was among the first world leaders to offer his congratulations. In a tweet he said Mosul has been liberated from IS.