Iraqi Forces Take Full Control of Eastern Mosul- Premier

Baghdad, Iraqi forces have taken full control of the eastern side of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Tuesday, around three months after the launch of an offensive to drive Islamic State militants out of the city.

“This is a major achievement for the Iraqi forces,” al-Abadi told a press conference in Baghdad. “I call upon these heroes to quickly liberate the rest of Nineveh province, especially the western side of (Tigris) river.” “We have proved that Daesh is shrinking and disappearing,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Islamic State militants took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in mid-2014.

Source: Qatar News Agency