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Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for their victory over IS in the city.

Mr Abadi was there to thank “the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people for the great victory,” his office said.

Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air strikes, have been battling to retake the city since 17 October last year.

IS seized Mosul in June 2014 before sweeping across much of Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland and proclaiming a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria.