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Just after 1pm GMT on Sunday Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi tweeted a message congratulating the "heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory".

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

The recovery of the largest city in the north of Iraq does not mark the end of the war against the ultra-radical, responsible of atrocities in areas under its control and of deadly attacks in the world.

When the terror group seized Mosul in June 2014, it also took control of more than 2.5 million people and subjected some to horrors.

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Iraqi forces, with the help of US -led airstrikes, have been fighting to take back the city since October.

It is nearly exactly three years since the ultra-hardline group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" spanning Syria and Iraq from the pulpit of the medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque.

The Iraqi premier is expected to announce the liberation of the northern city from Daesh during his visit.

Nov 23, 2016- Shiite-dominated paramilitary units known as the Hashed Al-Shaabi said they have cut Daesh supply lines between Mosul and the militants' Syrian stronghold Raqqa.

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Though sporadic fighting continues, there are reports that Old Mosul has been captured and soldiers have been celebrating their triumph over the Islamic State militants.

Even in the final days of the battle, thousands of civilians remained trapped inside the Old City and those who fled arrived grief-stricken after losing relatives in jihadist sniper fire and bombardments.

The eight-month battle for Mosul has ruined parts of the city, killed thousands of civilians and displaced almost one million people.

Sir Michael said: "Daesh has total disregard for innocent civilian life and we should welcome their defeat in a city that was ground zero for their so-called caliphate". It still has territory elsewhere - such as Tal Afar and three towns in the western province of Anbar - and is able to carry out bombings in government-held areas.

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ISIS, according to news agency Reuters, had taken an oath to fight until their last breath but were overshadowed by the Iraqi forces.

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