On July 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared the victory of the Iraqi forces in Mosul. The city was a key and symbolic stronghold of IS, which controlled the area since 2014. The operation to liberate the city was launched in October 2016.
On July 11, Amnesty International issued a report saying that Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition were involved in killing and injuring civilians and destroying civilian objects instead of striking military targets. The battle for western Mosul, according to the report, led to a civilian catastrophe in the city and the true death toll may never be known.
Russia is ready to help the Iraqi authorities restore energy supply to the Iraqi city of Mosul, which has recently been liberated from Daesh terrorist group, Russian Ambassador to Iraq Maksim Maksimov told Sputnik in an interview.
The US-led coalition urged the Iraqi authorities to make public results of probes into allegations of abuse by Iraqi Security Forces, coalition spokesman US Army Col. Ryan Dillon said in a briefing on Thursday.
The liberation of Mosul, the former citadel of Daesh terrorists in Iraq, was officially declared on July 9, but danger still lurks everywhere in the city.
According to the Iraqi vice president, the victory over Daesh in Mosul was an achievement of the Iraqi army and people’s militias, not of the United States.