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AL leader congratulates Iraq on liberating Mosul from IS rule
Last Updated: 2017-07-11 14:43 | Xinhua
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Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit on Monday congratulated Iraq on liberating Mosul from the terror group Islamic State (IS).

Gheit also congratulated Iraqi Armed Forces on the "key achievement," AL spokesman Mahmoud Afifi was quoted by Egypt's official MENA news agency as saying.

Gheit said Iraqi people's support for the army had a great role in defeating terrorists.

The AL leader also underlined the importance of proceeding with the military campaign to uproot IS.

At the same time, Gheit said he is looking forward to congratulating the Syrians on getting rid of IS.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who visited the army in Mosul on Sunday, declared victory in liberating Mosul from IS after a nine-month tough battle.

This marked a defining milestone in Iraq's anti-terror war, as the fall of Mosul symbolizes the start of the total collapse of IS in Iraq.

Mosul, the capital city of Iraq's northern province of Nineveh and the second largest Iraqi city, had been the de facto capital of the Islamic State since 2014.

The victory in Mosul opened doors for the country's much-needed reconstruction and national reconciliation, as desired by most Iraqis after suffering from wars and conflicts for so long.

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