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Too Early to Withdraw Iraqi Armed Forces From Liberated Mosul - Military

© REUTERS / Suhaib SalemA member of Iraqi federal police patrols in the destroyed Old City of Mosul, Iraq August 7, 2017
A member of Iraqi federal police patrols in the destroyed Old City of Mosul, Iraq August 7, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasul, a spokesman for the Iraqi army’s joint operations command, said that there are no plans to withdraw military units from recaptured from the Daesh terrorists Mosul.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Iraqi military will remain in the city of Mosul, recaptured from the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia) as departing would be premature, Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasul, a spokesman for the army’s joint operations command, said Monday.

"There are no plans to withdraw military units from newly recaptured Mosul; it’s still too early for that," Rasul told the Anadolu news agency.

A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, at a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul, Iraq, January 8, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Rasul reportedly said that the local police forces had to increase their security capabilities to be able to eventually assume full responsibility for maintaining order in the liberated city.

According to the military spokesman, the armed forces were working with the Nineveh police command to ensure the security of the liberated areas, after having fought alongside them in the battle for the city.

Mosul was taken back last month after serving as the IS stronghold in Iraq since 2014.

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