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25,000 Daesh killed in Mosul liberation operations

Commander says more than 450 suicide bombers killed since October

17.07.2017
25,000 Daesh killed in Mosul liberation operations

By Ali Cevad and Zeynep Tufekci

MOSUL, Iraq

More than 25,000 Daesh militants were killed during the Mosul liberation operations, a military commander said Sunday.

More than 450 suicide bombers were killed and 1,247 vehicles – nearly 3,000 of which were rigged with bombs -- were also destroyed, campaign commander Lieut. Gen. Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said in a statement.

He said 130 combat drones were dropped.

Mosul was captured by Daesh that overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq in 2014.

The Iraqi army, backed by a U.S.-led air coalition, had been battling the terror group since October to dislodge it from Mosul, its last stronghold in northern Iraq.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi formally declared victory in Mosul on July 10.

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