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Iraqi forces expect to regain full control over Mosul by end of this week

Iraqi forces expect to regain full control over Mosul by end of this weekIslamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, Iraqi forces say.

This is reported by Reuters.

The number of Islamic State (IS) militants fighting in Mosul has dwindled from thousands at the start of the government offensive more than eight months ago to a mere couple of hundred now, according to the Iraqi military.

Iraqi forces say they expect to reach the Tigris and regain full control over the city by the end of this week.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is expected to visit Mosul to formally declare victory, and a week of nationwide celebrations is planned.

Mosul is by far the largest city captured by Islamic State. It was here, nearly three years ago to the day, that it declared the founding of its "caliphate" over parts of Iraq and Syria.

With Mosul gone, its territory in Iraq will be limited to areas west and south of the city where some tens of thousands of civilians live.
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