Full liberation of Mosul in next few days: Iraqi president

Press TV – Iraqi President Fuad Masum has voiced hopes that west Mosul will be freed over the next few days as the country’s special forces announce the end of their mission in the city.

“Iraq has achieved a decisive victory over terrorism, but we hope in the next few days to achieve a complete liberation of Mosul,” Masum made the remarks while addressing the World Economic Forum’s regional gathering held in Jordan on Saturday.

He further called on global investors to help rebuild the city, which was overrun by Daesh in 2014.

On Friday, Masum noted that the scope of destruction in the city was “horrendous.”

He added “Iraq is stronger in its unity” and that it “will be an important country after getting rid” of the Takfiri terrorists.

Meanwhile, Iraq’s special forces have declared that their initial mission in Mosul has been completed after they liberated several regions in the city.

Special forces spokesman Sabah al-Numan said that his troops are ready “to support any other forces if we are ordered to by the prime minister.”

Iraqi rapid response forces carry their weapons during a battle against Daesh terrorists in Mosul, Iraq on May 20, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

Earlier, the Commander of the Iraqi Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat announced that his forces had fully recaptured the 17th July and Eqtesadieen neighborhoods of Mosul, and set up barricades and barriers in the liberated areas.

He added that 66 Daesh terrorists had been killed while 13 explosive-laden cars and nine motorcycle bombs had been destroyed during the operations.

 

Iraqi rapid response forces carry their weapons during a battle against Daesh terrorists in Mosul, Iraq on May 20, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have made sweeping gains against the Takfiri elements since launching the Mosul operation.

The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.