Iraqis prepare to celebrate Mosul victory blocks away from raging battles

Iraqis prepare to celebrate Mosul victory blocks away from raging battlesBy Khaled al-Ramahi and Stephen Kalin MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqis prepared on Sunday to celebrate an expected victory over Islamic State in Mosul, just blocks away from battles raging in the last few districts where the militants are dug in. It was from al-Nuri’s pulpit that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate three years ago. Authorities are planning a week of nationwide celebrations, according to a government statement, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is expected to visit Mosul to formally declare victory.



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