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State TV: Iraqi prime minister arrives in Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's state TV says the country's prime minister has arrived in Mosul to declare victory over the Islamic State group in the more than eight-month old operation to drive the militants from the city.

Al-Iraqia TV quotes Haider al-Abadi as saying he "congratulates the fighters and the people on the big victory" in the key city.

Dressed in a black uniform of a type worn by Iraqi special forces, al-Abadi was shown on Sunday as descending from a military plane and was greeted by senior security forces commanders.

Backed by the U.S.-led coalition, Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul in October. Iraqi state TV says government forces have driven the militants from all areas and are "chasing" them in some areas in the city.

The militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in a matter of days in the summer of 2014.


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