Iraq has plan in place to free more towns from Daesh

On Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS's so-called caliphate in Iraq after troops captured the city's destroyed Grand al-Nuri Mosque. It is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced its caliphate nearly three years ago.

But Lieutenant General Sami al-Aridi of Iraq's special forces said hundreds of militants still managed to escape from the Old City alone.

Two female suicide bombers carried out a second attack Monday morning in Mosul's Old City, the scene of fierce fighting in recent months as ISIS makes a bloody last stand in its last Iraqi stronghold.

Also during the press conference, Abadi added that he has given instructions to rebuild and stabilise areas of the city already freed from the militant group.

In neighboring Syria, a U.S-backed coalition force said it had fired on two small sections of the historic Rafiqah Wall in the Old City of Raqqa, allowing them to overcome Islamic State defenses. In addition to military casualties, thousands of civilians are estimated to have been killed.

While Iraqi commanders predicted final victory in Mosul this week, USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had begun an assault on Islamic State's Syrian redoubt in the Old City of Raqqa.

After you have gradually surrounded the jihadists, the security forces have launched on 18 June, the assault on the old city of Mosul.

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Iraqi troops seized the ruins of the mosque last week, using the symbolic victory to declare that the Iraqi half of the caliphate had been toppled.

The United Nations said 415 civilians were killed in June and another 315 died in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict.

The battle for Mosul is the first time the various forces making up Iraq's military have had to cooperate in an urban environment, and there have been inevitable failures that allowed Daesh militants to concentrate their defenses on a single front.

A tank of the Emergency Response Division fires at Islamic State militant in the old city of Mosul, Iraq July 5, 2017.

For its part, the joint Command operations (JOC), which coordinates the fight against the IS in Iraq, has assured Monday that the federal police was still pounding and was not coming to the end of all of his goals.

ABC News reporters spoke to an injured boy lying in a bed at a sparse first-aid station who said that remaining ISIS soldiers were hoarding food, water and medicine as months of brutal fighting there approaches its climax.

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