According to the Iraqi media, al-Abadi, accoompanied by some Iraqi military commanders, went to the old part of Mosul on Monday evening and declared the complete liberation of the city. He congratulated all Iraqis on this great victory.
Mosul fell in June 2014, when Daesh in an attack took control of the city. Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake Mosul on October 16, 2016.
The eastern part of Mosul was recaptured from Daesh in about three months and the most populated part of the city, known as the Old City of Mosul, in the western bank of Tigris River was liberated in recent days. Liberation operation had started since October 17, 2016.
Iraq and Syria have been targeted by Daesh and other extremist groups supported by West and some regional counties.