Iraqi Federal police celebrate in the Old City of Mosul, 8 July

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Police have began celebrating within the streets of Mosul

So-called Islamic State (IS) defences within the Iraqi metropolis of Mosul are collapsing quick and troops anticipate to take full management within the subsequent few hours, state tv has introduced.

Just a few metres stay to be taken, a correspondent mentioned.

Some Iraqi safety forces have been seen dancing within the streets despite the fact that commanders have nor confirmed the information.

Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes, have tried to retake the important thing metropolis since 17 October last year.

Hundreds of Iraqi safety forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen, supported by US-led coalition warplanes and navy advisers, have been concerned within the battle to retake Mosul.

The federal government introduced the complete “liberation” of japanese Mosul in January, however the west of the town has introduced a tougher problem, with its slim, winding streets.

The UN has warned that IS could also be holding greater than 100,000 individuals within the metropolis as human shields.

Final October, the Iraqi military mentioned there have been 6,000 militants within the metropolis. Fewer than 300 have been regarded as holding out.

Some 900,000 individuals have been displaced from the town since 2014 – about half the the pre-war population- support organisations say.

Final month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi mentioned the destruction of the traditional mosque within the metropolis of Mosul was “an official declaration of defeat” by IS.

Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Nice Mosque of al-Nuri and its well-known leaning minaret as jihadists battled to cease advancing pro-government troops.

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Media captionBlast in Iraq destroys Nice Mosque of al-Nuri