Iraqis Prepare Celebrations For Expected Liberation Of Mosul

Iraqi rescuers searching for Mosul missing

The attackers were hiding among a group of civilians fleeing the neighbourhood, the scene of ISIL's last stand in the northern Iraqi city. The two suicide bombers included a female.

"We are facing more suicide attacks than ever, and we are demanding all women fleeing the old city to remove their niqabs", said one soldier. "This is an evil and cowardly attempt by terrorists to inflict the greatest losses on civilians and security forces". She is one of the most prolific propagandist for the Islamic State group and has published "kill lists" of targets and announced her wish to behead Christians online, the Independent reported.

Civilians flee through a destroyed alley as Iraqi Special Forces continue their advance against Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Save The Children said that 90% of youngsters it spoke to had lost at least one family member to death, separation or abduction.

Iraq's Prime Minister declared an end to the IS caliphate in June after Iraqi forces reclaimed the landmark al-Nuri mosque in the Old City and pledged victory was 'near'. Regarding Monday's killing, Sgt. Ali Abdullah Hussein told the AP that using women as suicide bombers was apparently the latest tactic by the terrorist group. These attributes drew to it young recruits even from Europe and the United States, not to say Muslim countries and India, who responded to its ideological call of returning to the roots of Islam.

Iraqi rescuers searching for Mosul missing

The explosion also wounded at least 20 people.

An Iraqi government statement said the authorities are planning a week of nationwide celebrations to mark the liberation of Mosul. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion is likely to fall on IS, which has carried out similar attacks in the past.

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - With the fight for Mosul in its final stage Monday, Islamic State militants sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians, while Iraqi forces and the USA -led coalition unleashed punishing airstrikes and artillery fire that set dozens of buildings ablaze.

The battles also continued in the remaining part of al-Shifaa neighborhood, the last neighborhood still seized by IS militants outside the major IS redoubt of the old city center.

Mosul was largely cut off from food and water for months, and humanitarian groups are reporting a spike in the number of displaced people suffering from malnutrition and dehydration.




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