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Iraq to declare victory over #ISIS in #Mosul in 'next few days': General

Iraq to declare victory over #ISIS in #Mosul in 'next few days': General

MOSUL (AFP) - Iraq will declare victory over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Mosul during the “next few days,” a senior commander said Friday, as the militants fell back in neighbouring Syria. ISIS, which declared a cross-border “caliphate” encompassing swathes of Iraq and Syria three years ago, is now facing twin offensives in Mosul and Raqa, its two most emblematic strongholds. But while the loss of the two cities would be a major blow to ISIS, it would not mark the end of the threat posed by the group, which is likely to return to insurgent-style attacks that were its hallmark in years past. “In the next few days, we will announce the final victory over Daesh,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a senior commander in the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, told AFP in Mosul, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. Get The Straits Times newsletters...

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