Mosul liberation critical milestone in fight against IS: US

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"The Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi arrives in the liberated Mosul, and congratulates the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people for achieving the great victory", his media office said in a short statement.

The leader was seen disembarking from a military plane and met by senior security forces commanders.

"People of all ethnicities and sects have suffered and sacrificed together, not only for their own country, but to help provide security to the region and the world". Here too, the United States should resume its role as an honest broker.

US-backed Iraqi forces launched a massive operation to retake Mosul in October. "The fighting may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is not", Lise Grande, the UN's humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said in a statement.

IS fighters were also accused by Amnesty of committing serious abuses.

He believed that the U.S. doesn't really want to defeat IS in Syria, citing "the U.S. -led airstrikes are killing mostly civilians, in addition to the fact the coalition is apparently trying to open backdoors for IS to flee Raqqa toward other Syrian cities".

Many of these veteran/secular Arab fighters, remnants of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have been banned from participating in the assault or have been simply banned from controlling any of the heavy and advanced weaponry made available to their Kurdish comrades in other SDF units.

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Iraq and said Islamic State's days were numbered.

Baghdadi has fled the city and his whereabouts are unknown. Reports have circulated that he is dead but Iraqi and Western officials say they cannot corroborate this.

IS still controls territory in three areas of Iraq - around Hawija, 130km (80 miles) south-east of Mosul, around Tal Afar, 65km west, and from Ana to Al-Qaim in the Euphrates river valley, 250km to the south-west.

Rasoul said "the victory over the IS in the next few hours, after clearing all areas of Mosul (of explosives)".

Danura noted that Syrian forces are now also expanding their progress in fighting IS in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour near Iraq.

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Destroyed buildings in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq.

Antony J. Blinken, was a deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Analysts warned that while the loss of Mosul was a major blow to the jihadists it was not yet a fatal one. UNICEF estimates that 117 children have been used in suicide attacks since January 2014 in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

The UN says 920,000 civilians have fled their homes since the military campaign began in October. Bringing functioning federalism to life begins with effectively implementing a law that governs Iraq's militia, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.

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