Iranian top cleric congradulates Iraqis on Mosul victory

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of the Islamic Schools of Thought hailed Iraq’s defeating of ISIS in Mosul as a major victory in the battle against terrorism.

In his newly released message, Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of the Islamic Schools of Thought, Ayatollah Mohsen Araki hailed Iraq’s defeating of ISIS in Mosul as a major victory in the battle against terrorism.

Part of his message goes, "I hail the role of jurisprudents in countering terrorism in Iran offering my special congratulation over this triumph."

President of Iran top unity body hailed as well the volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by their Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, for their hard work towards expelling the ISIS from Mosul.

Earlier, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory of the country’s forces over the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group one day after the country’s military and Popular Mobilization Forces took full control of the northern city.

Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from the PMU have made sweeping gains against ISIS since launching the Mosul operation on October 17, 2016.

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.

An estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul ever since the battle to retake the city began eight months ago. A total of 195,000 civilians have also returned, mainly to the liberated areas of eastern Mosul.



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