'25,000 Daesh terrorists killed throughout Mosul liberation operations'
Security operations against the Daesh terrorists in Mosul have left 25,000 militants killed, according to an Iraqi commander that led the war to retake Iraq’s second largest city.
Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah, head of the Nineveh Operations at the Joint Operations Command (JOC), said in a briefing that more than 25,000 terrorists were killed over the nine months of battles, including more than 450 suicide bombers, the Iraqi News reported.
Iraqi forces destroyed 1247 booby-trapped cars and shot down 130 drones belonging to the group besides more than 1500 diverse vehicles, Yarallah said.
The JOC fought the battle with more than 100.000 government and paramilitary troops, General Yarallah added. “The Iraqi army fought a battle that no army in the world had fought,” the commander said.
Only the regions of Mahalabiya, Ayyadia and Tal Afar still witness traces of the Daesh existence, and with their recapture, the province becomes fully liberated, according to the commander.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Daesh in Mosul on July 9th after Iraqi forces took over western Mosul’s Old City, the birthplace of the Takfiri terrorist cell where the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had made a sermon proclaiming control over a third of Iraq and Syria.