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World Sporadic clashes in Iraq's Mosul after victory declaration

19:11  11 july  2017
19:11  11 july  2017 Source:   ap.org

Iraqi commander says 300 IS fighters holed up in Mosul

  Iraqi commander says 300 IS fighters holed up in Mosul Some 300 Islamic State fighters remain in the small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul's Old City, a senior Iraqi commander said Wednesday.Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of Iraq's special forces told The Associated Press that the militants' hold on Mosul has shrunk to a 500 square meter (600 sq. yard) area. A large number of civilians are believed to be trapped in the IS-run enclave, with around 1,500 fleeing with every 100-meter (yard) advance by Iraqi forces.

Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq ' s prime minister declared 'total victory ' over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighbourhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

MOSUL , Iraq — Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq ' s prime minister declared "total victory " over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks over as he stands on the top of a humvee in front of an Islamic State militants' position outside the town of Naweran near Mosul, Iraq: A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks over as he stands on the top of a humvee in front of an Islamic State militants' position outside the town of Naweran near Mosul, October 2016. Battle for Mosul, from the beginning

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MOSUL, Iraq — Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

Plumes of smoke rose into the air as IS mortar shells landed near Iraqi positions and heavy gunfire could be heard on the western edge of the Old City.

At times heavy, the clashes underscored the dangers still posed by the militants after Iraqi forces announced they retook full control of Mosul, the country's second-largest city, three years after it was seized by extremists bent on building a global caliphate.

Major IS counterattack in Mosul pushes back Iraqi forces

  Major IS counterattack in Mosul pushes back Iraqi forces A major Islamic State group counterattack Friday along the northern edge of Mosul's Old City neighborhood has pushed Iraqi Army forces back some 75 meters (82 yards) and is threatening recent gains in other Old City fronts, an Iraqi military officer said. An Incredible $200 Intro Bonus Just For Using This Card Learn More Sponsored by NextAdvisor The officer said the attack was launched just after noon Friday and estimated it was carried out by 50 to 100 IS fighters. A doctor at a medic station said he received more than a dozen wounded Iraqi soldiers.Both men spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

MOSUL , Iraq — Sporadic clashes continued on Tuesday in Mosul , even after Iraq ' s prime minister declared a "total victory " over the Islamic State 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.

MOSUL , Iraq — Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq ' s prime minister declared "total victory " over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International warned in a report released on Tuesday that the conflict in Mosul has created a "civilian catastrophe," with the extremists carrying out forced displacement, summary killings and using civilians as human shields.

The report also detailed violations by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition.

"The scale and gravity of the loss of civilian lives during the military operation to retake Mosul must immediately be publicly acknowledged at the highest levels of government in Iraq and states that are part of the U.S.-led coalition," said Lynn Maalouf, research director for Mideast at Amnesty.

The report, which covers the first five months of this year, noted how IS fighters moved civilians with them around the city, preventing them from escaping, creating battle spaces with dense civilian populations while "Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition failed to adapt their tactics."

'Victory' over Islamic State in Mosul to be announced in next hours: Iraqi state TV

  'Victory' over Islamic State in Mosul to be announced in next hours: Iraqi state TV Iraqi security forces expect to take full control of Mosul in the next hours as only a few meters are left under the control of Islamic State, Iraqi state TV said on Saturday. "We are seeing now the last meters (of the battle) and then victory will be announced," said a TV speaker, citing the channel's correspondents embedded with security forces battling in Islamic State's redoubt in the Old City of Mosul, by the Tigris river. "It's a matter of hours," she said.A military spokesman cited by the TV said the insurgents' defense lines were collapsing.

MOSUL , Iraq — Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq ' s prime minister declared "total victory " over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

MOSUL , Iraq : Sporadic clashes continued Tuesday in Mosul , a day after Iraq ' s prime minister declared "total victory " over the Islamic State group and at least one airstrike hit the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

The Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition "continued to use imprecise, explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated urban environments," Amnesty stated, adding that some violations may constitute war crimes.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came to Mosul for the second day in a row to declare "total victory," flanked by his senior military leadership at a small base on the edge of the Old City. But he also alluded to the brutality of the conflict, saying the triumph had been achieved "by the blood of our martyrs."

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In Geneva, the U.N. human rights chief urged Iraq's government to ensure that human rights will be respected in post-IS Mosul.

Trump congratulates Iraqi PM on Mosul 'victory'

  Trump congratulates Iraqi PM on Mosul 'victory' President Donald Trump on Monday hailed the "victory" of Iraqi forces over the Islamic State group in the northern city of Mosul. The retaking of the devastated city after nearly nine months of fighting signals the jihadist group's "days in Iraq and Syria are numbered," Trump said in a statement, praising Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.Earlier Monday, Abadi declared a victory over "brutality and terrorism" in Mosul, after his forces ended the Islamic State group's rule over the country's second city.

Sporadic clashes continued on Tuesday in Mosul , even after Iraq ' s prime minister declared a "total victory " over the Islamic State 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.A plume of

MOSUL , Iraq (AP) - Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq ' s prime minister declared "total victory " over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein described Mosul's fall as the "turning point" in the conflict against IS, but warned the group continues to subject people to "daily horrors" in its remaining strongholds of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, and Hawijah, north of Baghdad.

"Horrific though the crimes of ISIL are, there is no place for vengeance," said Zeid, who is a Jordanian prince, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

He cited allegations of threats of collective punishment and forced evictions in Mosul by Iraqi security forces and their allies. He also cited three years of rights violations during IS' control of Mosul, including abuses like sexual slavery of women and girls that "have left deep scars on Iraqi society."

In Baghdad, Shiite politician Karim al-Nouri warned that defeating IS in Mosul doesn't mean that "terrorism" is finished and urged the government to review its policies for dealing with Sunni areas of the country to "avoid previous mistakes that led to the emergence" of IS.

The government needs to work on "removing fears of marginalization and terrorism affiliation in Sunni areas," said al-Nouri, a senior member of Badr Organization. He said he believes the Iraqi security forces should stay in Mosul until it is fully secure, before handing over to local forces.

US-led coalition: Amnesty report on Mosul 'irresponsible'

  US-led coalition: Amnesty report on Mosul 'irresponsible' The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday that an Amnesty International report accusing its forces of violating international law during the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul is "irresponsible."The report released Tuesday said Iraqi civilians were subjected to "relentless and unlawful attacks" by the coalition and Iraqi forces during the grueling nine-month battle to drive IS from Iraq's second largest city. It said IS militants had carried out mass killings and forcibly displaced civilians to use them as human shields.

MOSUL , Iraq (AP) — Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq ' s prime minister declared "total victory " over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

Sporadic clashes continue after Iraqi forces took full control of Mosul from Islamic State. (AAP). Iraq ' s prime minister has declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul , but sporadic fighting is continuing in the devastated town.

Lawmaker Intisar al-Jabouri from Nineveh province, where Mosul is the capital, said uprooting IS' "extremism ideology" was key for a peaceful future in Mosul, which reeled under the extremists' harsh rule for three years.

She urged Baghdad to invest in "good relations" between the residents and the security forces and take all "necessary measures to prevent terrorism groups from returning to Mosul."

While Mosul fell to the Islamic State group in a matter of days in 2014, the campaign to retake the city, which began last October, has lasted nearly nine months.

For more than two years before the operation started, Iraqi forces backed by coalition airstrikes slowly clawed back territory from IS elsewhere in Iraq, and tens of thousands of Iraqi troops went through a massive coalition training program.

Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City a day after Iraq's prime minister declared © The Associated Press Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City on Tuesday, a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" in Mosul. The IS defeat in Mosul dealt a huge blow to the group's so-called Islamic "caliphate" — territory that the militants seized, spanning large swaths of both Iraq and Syria — but also killed thousands, left entire neighborhoods in ruins and displaced nearly 900,000 from their homes.

Iraq strikes Islamic State in Mosul days after declaring victory

  Iraq strikes Islamic State in Mosul days after declaring victory Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State fighters holding out in Mosul's Old City on Wednesday, more than 36 hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militants in the de facto Iraqi capital of their self-declared caliphate. Abadi's announcement marked the biggest defeat for the hardline Sunni group since its lightning sweep through northern Iraq three years ago, but pockets of Mosul remain insecure and the city has been heavily damaged by nearly nine months of grueling urban combat.

Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq ’ s prime minister declared “total victory ” over the self-styled Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle’s final days.

Sporadic clashes continued on Tuesday in Mosul , even after Iraq ' s prime minister declared a "total victory " over ISIS in the city and at least one airstrike hit the Old City neighbourhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

Thousands of civilians are estimated to have been killed in the fight for the city, according to the provincial council of Nineveh, where Mosul is the capital — a toll that does not include those still believed buried under collapsed buildings.

Iraq's military does not release official casualty numbers for soldiers killed in combat.

A statement late Monday from IS claimed its fighters were still attacking Iraqi soldiers in the al-Maydan area of Mosul's Old City, purportedly killing and wounding many and seizing weapons and ammunition.

"The soldiers of the caliphate in Mosul continue to accomplish epics until they achieve either victory or martyrdom," it said.

Also Monday, the United Nations said that of the more than 897,000 people displaced from Mosul, thousands will probably not be able to return because of "extensive damage caused during the conflict."

"Make no mistake, this victory alone does not eliminate ISIS, and there's still a tough fight ahead," Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said in a recorded video from Baghdad after al-Abadi's statement. ISIS is another acronym for IS, also referred to as Daesh, an Arabic name.

"The coalition will continue to support our Iraqi partners until ISIS is defeated in Iraq," Townsend added, calling on Iraqis to unite and prevent a return of the conditions that allowed the extremists' rise more than three years ago.

Associated Press writers Susannah George in Irbil, Iraq; Maamoun Youssef in Cairo, Jamey Keaten in Geneva, Switzerland, and Sinan Salaheddin and Muhanad al-Saleh in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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