Iraq celebrates Mosul victory with military parade

2017-07-15 18:45 GMT+8 6301km to Beijing
Editor Li Bin

Iraq on Saturday morning held a grand military parade in downtown Baghdad to celebrate the historic victory in Mosul.

The parade took place at the Celebrations Square in the heavily-guarded Green Zone with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of Iraqi forces, in attendance.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attends the celebration of liberation and victory of Mosul, in Baghdad Iraq, July 15, 2017./ VCG Photo

The fight to drive out ISIL militants from Mosul began last October with support from a US-led coalition.

Al-Abadi formally declared the liberation of Mosul on July 10 after nearly nine months of fierce fighting to rout out the militants from their last urban stronghold in Iraq.

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