After taking control of the last stretch of land in the city, the Iraqi Army has officially defeated ISIS in Mosul’s Old City, liberating it from the terrorists. Following nine months of fighting, the city is in ruins with approximately 200,000 residents left homeless and nearly $200 million in destroyed infrastructure.
The Al-Mayadeen TV network reported on Saturday that the Old City of Mosul has been fully liberated by the Iraqi forces that took control during the last stretch of fighting over the past few days on the banks of the Tigris River. According to the network’s reports, an official declaration of the old city’s liberation is expected in the coming hours.
At this time, areas believed to have a small number of ISIS terrorists planning to carry out suicide attacks are being purged.
Purging neighborhoods of ISIS continues Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
After nine months of fighting against ISIS, the city center and the historic old city, including the famous mosque where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared the “ISIS Caliphate,” are in ruins. Forty percent of the city’s roads and bridges have been destroyed, 200,000 residents who escaped are homeless, and reconstruction costs alone are estimated at close to $190 million.
Just last week, an Iraqi Army spokesman said that “the fictitious state has fallen,” referring to the progress in the Iraqi Army’s fight against ISIS in Mosul and ahead of the terrorist organization’s defeat.
As previously reported by JOL, the Iraqi Army believes that the bombing of the ancient Al-Nuri Mosque in the city two weeks ago symbolized the terror organization’s collapse. Following the bombing, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi instructed the army to completely defeat the terrorist organization in the near future.