Though sporadic fighting continues, there are reports that Old Mosul has been captured and soldiers have been celebrating their triumph over the Islamic State militants. If true, it is the last neighborhood to be liberated in the nine-month long operation. Regardless of the declaration of victory in Mosul, the militants are likely to continue staging attacks there and other Iraqi cities for months, if not years.
To many dislodged civilians who survived the battles, the victory is merely a Pyrrhic one. They have lost their homes, belongings, and family members. Mosul, particularly the historic district, is in ruins. And, the Iraqi government appears to have no plans laid out for the future of Mosul. Next week, however, the U.S.-led Coalition will hold a meeting to discuss their restoration and security strategies.
At least 101 people were killed in recent violence:
Four militants were executed by their own colleagues in Diyala province.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Dozens of Bodies Recovered in Mosul; 94 Killed in Iraq – July 25th, 2017
- Multiple Mass Graves Found; 151 Killed in Iraq – July 24th, 2017
- Bombers Turn Attention to Baquba; 18 Killed in Iraq – July 23rd, 2017
- Body Dumping Continues in Baghdad; 34 Killed in Iraq – July 22nd, 2017
- Sunni and Shi’ite Forces Quarrel in Mosul; 13 Killed in Iraq – July 21st, 2017