Iraqi Forces Kill 25000 ISIS Elements in Mosul Operation

GETTYTal Afar is one of the most important strongholds still held by ISIS militants

GETTYTal Afar is one of the most important strongholds still held by ISIS militants

"As the battle to retake west Mosul approached its conclusion this week, the IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reported an estimated 380,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) - or over 63,000 families - newly recorded east of Mosul city", the press release said.

After eight months of hard urban warfare, Iraqi military forces on June 29 captured the Mosul mosque at the heart of the strategic northern city, where Daesh had declared its de facto capital.

After Abadi announced the "complete liberation" of Mosul, he declared a weeklong celebration throughout the country, with parades being held in other Iraqi cities as well. The group of women, who were arrested on July 13, included five citizens of Germany, three citizens of Russian Federation, three citizens of Turkey, two citizens of Canada, one Chechn and six from Libya and Syria, according to al-Araji.

The Baghdad parade included members of the Iraqi army, the elite counter-terrorism forces, the federal police, and the government-allied Shi'ite militia known as the Popular Mobilization.

An official week-long celebration was declared countrywide.

"The Iraqi forces in the Mosul operation made their utmost efforts to protect the civilians' lives".

For centuries, Mosul's Old City stood as neighborhood of densely built alleyways, homes facing each other across narrow and winding lanes.

It took Iraq's US -backed forces almost nine months to wrest Mosul from the Islamic State group, and the cost was enormous destruction, especially in the western part of the city.

According to Al Arabiya, al-Basri refuted reports about al-Baghdadi's death, saying he is still hiding in Syria, but not in the province of Raqqa, the Islamic States' stronghold.