Mosul victory imminent, says Iraqi army - Newspaper

The road to retake Mosul has taken more than three years.

Iraqi forces launch the assault to recapture Iraq's second city, conquered by IS in June 2014.

"We are seeing now the last meters and then final victory will be announced", said a TV commentator, citing the channel's correspondents embedded with security forces battling in ISIS's redoubt in the Old City of Mosul, by the Tigris river. The attack was supported by aircraft and military advisers of the worldwide coalition led by the United States.

More than 915,000 people have been displaced from Mosul since October, according to the United Nations.

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Anderson said the coalition has begun delivering aid to help Iraqi police increase their presence in Mosul and hold the city after it is liberated.

The Department of Defense has requested $1.269 billion in USA budget funds for 2018 to continue supporting Iraqi forces, which collapsed in the face of the few hundred militants who overran Mosul in 2014.

"The fighters of Islamic State are collectively pledging to fight to the death", Amaq said.

Footage of babies and young children being rescued from the rubble of so-called Islamic State's last enclave in Mosul has been released by Iraqi authorities.

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The commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) liberated al-Maidan area in the heavily-populated old city centre and reached the Tigris River bank, Xinhua news agency quoted Abdul-Amir Yarallah from the Joint Operations Command (JOC) as saying in a statement.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on July 9 "victory" over Islamic State Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Mosul, his office said. Air strikes and artillery salvoes pounded the jihadists' last bastion in the city as black smoke billowed over it, a Reuters correspondent said.

The Department of Defence has requested US$1.269 billion in U.S. budget funds for 2018 to continue supporting Iraqi forces. Iraqi media reported Sunday that government forces had driven IS from all areas of the city, and are "chasing" them down in some of those areas.

At least 35 ISIS terrorists were killed and six others arrested on Saturday as they tried to escape from western Mosul where security forces were closing in. An estimated 1 million people had fled the city during the lengthy battle and thousands were killed.

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