MOSUL — Iraqi security forces announced the complete liberation of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS), after nearly nine months of fighting the extremist group.
The Iraqi forces recaptured the last IS-held area in Mosul's Old City district on Saturday, announcing the complete liberation of the city. Lieutenant Colonel Thaer al-Kinani, a commander in the Iraqi elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), congratulated the people of Iraq for the fall of IS in Mosul.
Kinani further added that there were heavy clashes between the CTS units and the IS insurgents in the areas, stating that the Iraqi forces have now reached the Tigris River.
The operation for liberating the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was launched on the 17th of October, 2016. During the eight months of fighting, the Iraqi forces were supported by the US-led coalition, the government-backed paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi and the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces.