Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Liberation of Mosul

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Liberation of Mosul

Still, the end of the long battle in Mosul has left the Iraqi government optimistic (unlike in Syria, where the battle still rages), and the prime minister's office issued a statement to that effect: "The commander in chief of the armed forces Haider al-Abadi arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory".

State television later showed him touring Mosul on foot alongside residents of Iraq's second-largest city.

According to many people in Raqqah, living under Daesh is far better than losing their lives and their homes to the Kurds. "The fighting may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is not", Grande stated in UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report. The levels of trauma we are seeing are some of the highest anywhere.

Dehqan wished success for all forces and expressed hope that in post-Daesh era these forces maintain their Jihadi morale and unity and solidarity to reach sustainable security and progress in brotherly country of Iraq.

More importantly, the rank and file of this terrorist organization seem to have vanished into thin air, which suggests that the Iraqi government and its allies have conveniently allowed these combatants to slip through the backdoor to avoid a potentially never-ending siege which would further embarrass the Iraqi army and a hodgepodge of Iranian-supported local militias.

He wrote, this great victory, which neutralized conspiracies of the US and the Zionist regime in Iraq, hopefully lead to full defeat of proxy war strategy by hegemony system in the region.

Any act of liberation in Iraq or Syria that condones any one sect or an ethnic group persecuting another can only serve to make the resurrection of violent extremists groups even more prompt and all the more precarious.

Of 54 total residential neighborhoods in west Mosul, 15 are heavily damaged and at least 23 are moderately damaged.

-The writer is a lecturer at the American University of Beirut's history department.

Mosul fell to ISIS in June 2014.

Anderson, who oversees the coalition training efforts of Iraqi forces, added that "the hold force has been doing a good job".

"Honestly, all this death and all this destruction - I don't believe it was worth it", Abbas said.