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ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

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ISIS LEADER. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had information from top ISIS leaders confirming Baghdadi’s death

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Jul. 11, 2017) — Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, July 11, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul. Continue reading ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

Iraq PM hails forces for securing Mosul ‘victory’

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‘VICTORY.’ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi smiles during a meeting with military commanders in the al-Tayaran neighborhood of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government’s announcement of the ‘liberation’ of the embattled city. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

‘Victory is certain, and what remains of Daesh is surrounded… and it is just a matter of time for us to announce the great victory to our people,’ says Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 10, 2017) — Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul on Sunday, July 9, hailing his forces for securing “victory” over the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq), their biggest yet against the jihadists. Continue reading Iraq PM hails forces for securing Mosul ‘victory’

Iraq declares victory in ‘liberated’ Mosul

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V FOR VICTORY. Iraqi federal policemen celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government’s announcement of the ‘liberation’ of the embattled city. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

But huge challenges lie ahead, not just in rebuilding Mosul but also in tackling ISIS’ presence elsewhere

MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 9, 2017) — Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Mosul on Sunday, July 9, after a grueling months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group. Continue reading Iraq declares victory in ‘liberated’ Mosul