Indians abducted three years ago may be in Islamic State jail

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Overall, the United Nations has estimated 10,000 buildings were ruined during the nine months of battling between US -backed forces and ISIS militants, mostly in the Old City neighborhood. In a PTI report, Baglay had said that the Ambassador of India to Iraq and the Consul General in Erbil have been instructed to continue the efforts to locate the Indian nationals on priority.

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Saturday attended a massive military parade in Baghdad celebrating the victory announced against the terror group ISIS in Mosul.

The Baghdad parade included members of the Iraqi army, the elite counter-terrorism forces, the federal police, and the government-allied Shi'ite militia known as the Popular Mobilization. Iraqi President Haider al-Abadi celebrated with his troops shortly after, but his government is now left with a city in ruin.

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.

Al Sumaria television channel said on July 11 citing a source in Iraq's Nineveh province that Islamic State militants had reported the death of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. USA officials, however, said they don't have any proof confirming the ISIL leader's death.

Here is a series of images taken with a drone camera capturing Mosul's destruction by Associated Press photographer Felipe Dana.

ISIS blew up the mosque in late June as ISF troops closed in on their position late last month.

Daesh stronghold in Syria's Raqqa is also close to falling.

Russian Federation and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have said that Baghdadi has been killed in an air strike, but US and Iraqi officials have not been able to confirm his death.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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