- Title: Basra residents celebrate defeat of Islamic State in Mosul
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: BASRA, IRAQ (JULY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) TRAFFIC POLICE VEHICLES DECORATED WITH FLOWERS ALONG AND SOLDIERS RAISING IRAQI FLAGS ON THE STREETS OF BASRA IRAQI SECURITY FORCES IN MILITARY PICK-UP TRUCK CHEERING AND WAVING IRAQI FLAGS POLICE VEHICLES DRIVING IN PROCESSION IN STREET / MAN ON SIDE OF ROAD IGNITING FIREWORKS SOLDIERS IN MILITARY PICK-UP TRUCK RELEASING FIREWORKS JUBILANT PEOPLE BEEPING HORNS OF THEIR CARS IN STREET PEOPLE AND SOLDIERS DANCING IN STREET IN CELEBRATION CHILDREN MAKING "V' SIGN AND CARRYING IRAQI FLAG STANDING OUT OF SLIDING ROOF OF CAR CIVILIANS AND IRAQI SOLDIERS DANCING WITH IRAQI FLAG IN BACK OF PICK-UP TRUCK POLICE VEHICLES DECORATED WITH FLOWERS AND IRAQI FLAGS DRIVING IN STREET SANA IBRAHIM SHOWERING CELEBRATING CARS WITH SWEETS AND ULULATING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SANA IBRAHIM, BASRA RESIDENT, SAYING: "What I feel is like all other honourable and honest Iraqi people and God willing we will get rid of all the corrupt politicians who help them (Islamic State) and take Mosul as we got rid of Daesh." SANA IBRAHIM SHOWERING CELEBRATING PEOPLE IN CARS WITH SWEETS AND ULULATING CHILD DANCING ON ROOF OF CAR GROUP OF PEOPLE DANCING AND CHEERING IN STREET TRAFFIC POLICE VEHICLES DECORATED WITH FLOWERS AND IRAQI FLAGS DRIVING IN STREETS OF BASRA
- Embargoed: 24th July 2017 21:59
- Keywords: Basra celebrations Victory in Mosul IS defeated in Mosul
- Location: BASRA, IRAQ
- City: BASRA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0016P4ZC5J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents of the southern Iraqi city of Basra celebrated the victory over Islamic State in Mosul on Monday (July 10), minutes after formal declaration by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Abadi declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul three years after the militants seized the city and made it the stronghold of a "caliphate" they said would take over the world.
Decorated with flowers and Iraqi flags, police and military vehicles drove in procession in the streets of the city as people danced and set off fireworks.
Abadi, wearing a black military uniform and flanked by commanders from the security forces, thanked troops and the coalition. But he warned that more challenges lay ahead.
A 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militias launched the offensive to recapture the city from the militants in October, with key air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition.
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