IRAQI PM CONGRATULATES IRAQIS ON “BIG VICTORIES” IN MOSUL

Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, congratulated Iraqis on their "big victories" for the battle against the Daesh in Mosul.

"I congratulate all Iraqis and the religious Marj'iyah (Shiite religious leadership), on the victories achieved on the terrorist Daesh group," Abadi said, at a press conference, after his weekly cabinet meeting.

Abadi also said that the Iraqi government has succeeded in destroying the schemes of the Daesh, and proved that the people of Mosul "are with the government, not with terrorism."

Abadi's speech came, hours after an Iraqi army commander said, the full liberation of Mosul from the Daesh is expected within the next two days.

"The maximum deadline to declare full liberation of Mosul from the Daesh group will be on Thursday," Major General Najim al-Jubouri, commander of Free Nineveh's Operations Command, said in a press release.

Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service, army, federal police and the Rapid Response forces, have been fighting inside the old city, but the troops are making slow progress due to the stiff resistance of the militants.

Large parts of Nineveh province, including its capital Mosul, 400 km north of Baghdad, have been under Daesh control since Jun, 2014, when government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling the militants to take control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions

Source: NAM News Network