IRAQI PM SAYS MATTER OF TIME TO DECLARE “GREAT VICTORY” IN MOSUL

Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, said, the victory in the battles against the Daesh militants in Mosul is guaranteed, and it is a matter of time to defeat the extremist militants and "declare great victory" in the city.

A statement by Abadi's office said, "the victory is guaranteed" and the remnants of Daesh group are "besieged in the last inches," and it is a matter of time to declare to our people the great victory.

"We have come to Mosul, to be in the battleground and supervise the battle," said Abadi, adding that, it is only a pocket or two left under control of Daesh remnants, who have "no escape except death or surrender themselves, and hence the battle is settled and the great victory is in our hand," Abadi said.

During the past 24 hours, the security forces killed a large number of militants and the troops are fighting to free civilians, trapped as human shields, in some 50 to 100 houses in the Daesh-held pockets.

Abadi, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi forces, held meetings with military commanders, before he made a tour in the eastern side of Mosul, where hundreds of people welcomed him.

During the visit, the Iraqiya channel and the official websites of Abadi's office said, Abadi was expected to declare victory in Mosul, despite the heavy clashes in the remaining pockets, in the Old City of western Mosul.

The Iraqiya channel aired live broadcast, showing the people in many Iraqi cities, including the Iraqi capital Baghdad, celebrating as hundreds of people gathered in main streets and squares raising the Iraqi flags.

Earlier in the day, commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), liberated the al-Maidan area, in the heavily-populated Old City centre and reached the bank of the Tigris River.

The CTS and the army's 9th Armoured Division are still fighting heavy house-to-house clashes, against the Daesh, into the narrow alleys, in the last two pockets in al-Qlei'at and al-Shahwan, in the Old City.

The desperate militants have been increasingly resorting to suicide attacks and showing stiff resistance that slowed the troops' progress in recent days

Source: NAM News Network