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Iraqi army soldiers advance through rain towards Mosul, in the eastern Samah neighborhood, of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Iraqi forces met stiff resistance in Mosul, including waves of suicide car bombs, since launching an offensive to retake the city in October. They have retaken less than a quarter of the city since the operation began. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq's PM claimed victory in Mosul


Iraqi forces 'liberate' a devastated Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted on Sunday that he has arrived in the "liberated city of Mosul" and congratulated "the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people in achieving this great victory."

Mosul is Iraq's biggest city outside of Baghdad where more than 2.5 million people reside. The city was seized by ISIS militants in 2014. Last year in October al-Abadi announced the start of the mission to retake Mosul.Last Month the Iraqi PM tweeted that his army will "not relent" in their fight to liberate Mosul.

According to CNN, state TV reported that ISIS militants are still holding out in one of the neighborhoods in Mosul.

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