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ISIS Stronghold Of Mosul Liberated After 266 Days Of Fierce Battles

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| July 10 , 2017 , 07:55 IST

In a major victory against the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militant group, armed forces liberated Mosul in Iraq, which was earlier marked as the 'capital' of ISIS.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the armed forces for their victory in liberating Mosul from ISIS and ending their 3-year rule. The victory was achieved after 266 days of fierce battles and both Iraqi soldiers and civilians in Mosul cheered and celebrated the liberation of the city.

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The capital city of Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, Mosul was a recognised stronghold of the Islamic State and was the same location where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of the Islamic State caliphate in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Life in Mosul, however, will take the time to return to normal.

Due to the extensive damage made by ISIS during its occupation of Mosul, the city faces extensive reconstructive work.

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According to United Nations estimates, it will cost more than $1 billion to repair the basic infrastructure itself of Mosul. In worst affected areas almost no buildings have escaped damage and the estimated costs of restoration of Mosul may go up.

Although the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State is considered to be a significant victory, the fight against ISIS is far from over. The militant group continues to grow sporadically in countries across the globe and lone-wolf attacks have become disturbingly common.