Iraqi President Fuad Masum has expressed hopes that the western regions of the strategic city of Mosul will be liberated over the next few days.
“Iraq has achieved a decisive victory over terrorism, but we hope in the next few days to achieve a complete liberation of Mosul,” Masum said on Saturday while addressing the World Economic Forum’s regional gathering held in Jordan.
He also urged global investors to help rebuild the city, which was under ISIS terrorist group’s control since 2014.
The Iraqi president also said on Friday that the scope of destruction in Mosul was “horrendous”.
Iraq is stronger in its unity, he said, and it will be an important country after getting rid of the terrorist groups.
This comes as the Iraqi Special Forces announce the end of their mission in the key city.
The special forces declared that their initial mission has been completed after liberating several regions in the city.
Spokesman Sabah al-Numan said that his forces are ready to “support any other forces if we are ordered to by the prime minister”.
Over the past few months, Iraqi army troops, backed by volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have managed to advance against militants in Mosul.
The Iraqi army took control of eastern Mosul in January, 2017, after months of severe clashes with the terrorists.