Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory July 10 over the Islamic State group in Mosul after nearly nine months ofcombat to drive the militants out of Iraq's second-largest city.
"We announce the total victory for Iraq and all Iraqis," al-Abadi said, speaking from a small base on the edge of Mosul's Old City, where the last.
"This greatcrowned the victories of the fighters and the Iraqis for the past three years," he said. (Reuters)
The Japan Times ST: July 21, 2017