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Syrian City: City and Controls Territory

syrian city: Members of Iraq's Emergency Response Division rest in the Old City of Mosul in northern Iraq on Sunday after securing the area, according to CBC. Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters The group, however, still controls territory in Iraq and is expected to revert to more conventional insurgent tactics such as bombings as its self-proclaimed caliphate falls apart. ISIS's defeat in Mosul three years after taking the city is a major blow for the hardline Sunni Islamist group, which is also losing ground in its operational base in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where it has planned global attacks. The battle for Mosul by far the largest city to fall under the militants' control has left large areas in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one million people. Airstrikes and exchanges of gunfire could still be heard in the narrow streets of Mosul's Old City, where the group has staged its last stand against Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led international coalition. The end is near for ISIS in Iraq, but problems will persist'Their fictitious state has fallen' Iraqi officials declare victory over ISIS in Mosul The commander in chief of the armed forces Haider al-Abadi arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and Iraqi people for the great victory, his office said in a statement. ( As reported in the news.