Iraqi Military Forces Parade Through Baghdad To Celebrate Mosul Liberation

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

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In relevant remarks last Tuesday, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that the Iraqi army and popular forces actually defeated the U.S. and other supporters of terrorists by capturing Mosul and Iraq's territories.

On Monday, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared the liberation of Mosul, which had been held by ISIL terrorists for three years.

National army, police and other security troops along with Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) partook in the parade.

"The rough terrorism in the region is nothing separated from the USA proxy war and therefore, the terrorists' failure in major parts of Iraq, specially Mosul, is considered as the United States failure in the region and means victory of resistance (front)", General Jazzayeri said.

The Arabic language website of RT website quoted an Iraqi top commander, Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah, as saying that during the operation to retake Mosul from ISIS, at least 25,000 terrorists including 450 suicidal militants were killed by 100,000 Iraqi forces.

An official week-long celebration was declared countrywide. People celebrated in the streets of the capital Baghdad and southern cities.

The celebrations took place despite reports of sporadic fighting between government forces and IS extremists in the Old City portion of west Mosul.

The battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State has forced more than a million Iraqis to flee, of which only 220,000 have been able to return home, an intergovernmental organisation reported on Friday. A total of 195,000 civilians have also returned, mainly to the liberated areas in the east.

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