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Over 1 mn Iraqis displaced after battle of Mosul: IOM

Over 1 mn Iraqis displaced after battle of Mosul: IOM

English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily.

Weeks later the head of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced the formation of a self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of a Mosul mosque.

It took Iraq's USA -backed forces almost nine months to wrest Mosul from the Islamic State group, and the cost was enormous destruction, especially in the western part of the city.

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After eight months of hard urban warfare, Iraqi military forces on June 29 captured the Mosul mosque at the heart of the strategic northern city, where Daesh had declared its de facto capital.

The celebration, attended by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who is also commander-in-chief of the Iraqi army, comes less than a week after al-Abadi made a formal declaration of victory in Mosul, although fighting is still occurring in some parts.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmad Jamal on Sunday denied Baghdad's intention to militarily intervene in Syria to fight the terror group Islamic State (IS).

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Mosul fell in June 2014, when the ISIS in an attack took control of the city.

Since the battle to retake Mosul began nine months ago, an estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from the city, although 195,000 have since returned, mainly to the liberated east of the city.

Overall, the United Nations has estimated 10,000 buildings were ruined during the nine months of battling between USA -backed forces and ISIS militants, mostly in the Old City neighborhood.

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In a separate statement, Iyad al-Assali, an Iraqi police lieutenant, told Turkish agency Anadolu that security arrested 245 suspected ISIL militants in Western Mosul's Old City since Iraqi troops took over the medieval area.


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