Iraq Faces Challenges in Rebuilding Mosul as Resident Return Home

ISIS fanatics are encouraging supporters in the West to carry out more lone wolf attacks by derailing trains and blowing up gas and oil pipelines

ISIS fanatics are encouraging supporters in the West to carry out more lone wolf attacks by derailing trains and blowing up gas and oil pipelines

It took Iraq's USA -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.

Meanwhile, Iraqi military forces paraded through Baghdad Saturday to celebrate the recapture of Iraq's second largest city from the terrorist militia.

The top commander also underscored that the Mosul victory belongs to all Iraqi forces.

Reuters video showed soldiers marching with tanks and other military equipment through the streets of the capital with Abadi watching.

Since the battle to retake Mosul began nine months ago, an estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from the city, although 195,000 have since returned, mainly to the liberated east of the city.

Iraqi counter-terrorism units reported on July 15 that they had detained 20 female IS members captured in a secret tunnel discovered under the Old City neighborhood of Quleiat.

Weeks later the head of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced the formation of a self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of a Mosul mosque.

The group of women, who were arrested on Thursday, included citizens of Germany (five), Russian Federation (three), Turkey (three), Canada (two), Chechnya (one) and from Libya and Syria (six in total), according to al-Araji.

IS captured Mosul in 2014 as it took large areas of territory from government forces in Iraq and Syria. The mosque was destroyed by IS fighters as US -backed Iraqi troops closed in on their positions in June.

The battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State has forced more than a million Iraqis to flee, of which only 220,000 have been able to return home, an intergovernmental organisation reported on Friday.

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