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US congratulates Iraq over Mosul liberation

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Babatunde Opalana 

The United States of America has congratulated Prime Minister Abadi and the Iraqi people on their liberation of Mosul describing it as a  critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS, and underscores the success of the international effort led by the Iraqi Security Forces.

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson on behalf of President Donald Trump in a statement today in Washington DC said the American people honour the sacrifices of the Iraqi Security Forces and Iraqi people, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga, in achieving this victory and express condolences for the many lives lost in the operation.

During ISIS’s brutal occupation of Mosul, it terrorised and brutally murdered thousands of civilians, used mosques, schools and hospitals as bomb-building facilities and fighting positions and just recently, facing defeat, destroyed the historic al-Nuri mosque and al-Hadba minaret.

Promising US further support, Tillerson said, “ Under Iraqi leadership, the United States and our Coalition partners will continue to work closely with the UN to stabilise liberated areas throughout Mosul, supporting the return of displaced civilians to their homes.

He added that there is still much work to be done to defeat this enemy emphasising that the Global Coalition will continue to stand with our Iraqi partners to ensure that ISIS is defeated wherever it remains in Iraq

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