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Iraqis Celebrate Bitter Victory Over ISIS in Ruins of Mosul
Iraq's prime minister declared victory over ISIS in Mosul on Monday, three years after the militants seized the city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares Mosul's liberation from ISIS on July 10.
Abadi called the battle "a victory over darkness, brutality and terrorism."
A member of Iraqi security forces holds an ISIS flag in the Old City of Mosul on July 10.
Iraqi security forces have wrested control of Mosul from ISIS and are now clearing portions of the city's historic quarter of explosives and hidden enemy fighters, the U.S. military said Monday.
ISIS seized the city in 2014 and made it the stronghold of a "caliphate" they said would take over the world.
Smoke billows following an airstrike by U.S.-led international coalition forces targeting ISIS in Mosul on July 9.
Much of the city of 1.5 million has been destroyed in the fighting, its centuries-old stone buildings flattened by air strikes and other explosions.
Iraqi women, who fled the fighting in the Old City, arrive in the city's western industrial district to be relocated on July 8.
The United Nations says 920,000 civilians have fled their homes since the military campaign began in October. Close to 700,000 people are still displaced.
An Iraqi soldier wearing a Superman shirt walks in the Old City of Mosul on July 3.