Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration Jassim Mohammed al-Jaaf says more than 250,000 internally displaced persons have returned to their homes in Mosul after government forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, retook the strategic northern city from Daesh terrorists last month.
Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in the nine-month battle for Mosul and the preceding years of Daesh terrorist group’s rule in northern Iraq — some found wandering alone and afraid among the rubble, others joining the refugee exodus from the pulverized city.
Iraqi forces have reportedly found a mass grave in the Old City of Mosul, containing the bodies of at least 60 people, mostly members of security forces, who were slain by Takfiri Daesh terrorists as they were fighting the extremists to recapture the country’s second largest city.
The Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) has announced that more than 100 Iraqi journalists have lost their lives and sustained injuries while covering fierce battles between Iraqi government forces and Takfiri Daesh terrorists in the run-up to the liberation of the country’s second largest city from the extremists.
Saudi Arabia had dispatched more than 100 intelligence officers to Mosul to join the Takfiri Daesh militants and direct them in battles against Iraqi government forces and allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, a recent report has revealed.
Iraqi government forces are fighting to eliminate the last pockets of Daesh terrorists in the Old City of Mosul, more than two days after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory over the extremists in their former stronghold and the country’s second largest city.
Iran's chief Armed Forces spokesman says the liberation of the Iraqi northern city of Mosul from the grip of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group sounded the death knell for the divisive plots hatched by the US and its regional allies.
Sporadic clashes continued on Tuesday in Mosul, even after Iraq's Prime Minister declared a "total victory" over the Daesh terrorist group in the city and at least one airstrike hit the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has congratulated top military officials for retaking the flash point city of Mosul from Daesh Takfiri terrorists. But he's yet to formally announce the full liberation of the city, Press TV's Altaf Ahmad reports from Mosul.