Sporadic clashes in Iraq's Mosul after victory declaration

Laura Christensen
July 12, 2017

A 100,000-strong alliance of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militias launched the offensive to recapture the northern city from the militants in October, with air and ground support from a US -led coalition.

United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Tuesday for accountability and dialogue to heal the trauma of Mosul after Iraqi troops retook the country's second city from the Islamic State group.

Lawmaker Intisar al-Jabouri from Nineveh province, where Mosul is the capital, said uprooting IS' "extremism ideology" was the key to peace in Mosul, which reeled under the group's harsh rule for three years.

Mosul resident Hind Mahmoud said by telephone that she had heard exchanges of gunfire in the Old City and seen an Iraqi army helicopter firing on IS militants on Tuesday.

"These operations were carried out by Iraqi planning and success and implementation", Abadi said, while also thanking "all the countries that stood with Iraq in its war against terrorism". What are the most serious allegations in your report against the coalition?

The battle to recapture west Mosul in Iraq from the clutches of Islamic State (IS) has created a "civilian catastrophe", a report has warned.

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Amnesty International, meanwhile, proclaimed the battle for Mosul to be a "civilian catastrophe", with more than 5,800 noncombatants killed in the western part of the city.

The coalition has provided crucial air support to Iraqi forces since they launched the Mosul offensive in October.

President of Iran top unity body hailed as well the volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by their Arabic name Hashd al-Sha'abi, for their hard work towards expelling the ISIS from Mosul.

The fight grew tougher when security forces entered the densely populated Old City on the western bank of the Tigris River, which divides the city, and intense street-to-street fighting followed.

"I would challenge the people from Amnesty International or anyone else out there who makes these charges to first research their facts and make sure they're speaking from a position of authority", Townsend added.

Iraqi militia forces, Kurdish peshmerga fighters and the global coalition also deserve a share of the credit for their sacrifices to achieve this hard-won victory, he said.

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