The United States just celebrated a big win against ISIS.

With the help of the United States, ISIS-controlled Mosul was retaken by Iraqi special forces after being seized by the terrorist group in 2014.

Victory was declared after the Iraqi Special Forces took out the last of the ISIS fighters from neighborhoods surrounding Mosul.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, congratulated soldiers from both countries in their efforts to retake the city that lasted nearly 9-months.

After a slow, methodical mission to relieve ISIS troops from the city, Mosul was recaptured- potentially turning the tides in the war against ISIS, though a bigger fight is to be won yet.

The Daily Caller reported:

Mosul served as ISIS’s de facto capital in Iraq, second only to Raqqa, its capital in Syria. It was there Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terror group’s reclusive leader, first announced his caliphate.

The seizure of the city is Operation Inherent Resolve most significant victory to date. But while it may be a key victory, the fight against ISIS is far from over.

“It’s going to continue to be hard every day,” Army Col. Pat Work of the 82nd Airborne Division told the New York Times. “Iraqi security forces need to be on the top of their game, and we need to be over their shoulder helping them as they move through this transition to consolidate gains and really sink their hold in on the west side. ISIS will challenge this.”

President Trump praised those opposing ISIS and mourned those who lost their lives in the fight against terrorism.

The Daily Caller reported:

“We mourn the thousands of Iraqis brutally killed by ISIS and the millions of Iraqis who suffered at the hands of ISIS.  We grieve with the Iraqi people for the loss of the heroic soldiers and Peshmerga who gave their lives to restore life to their country, and we honor their sacrifice,” President Trump said. “We in the United States and the Global Coalition are proud to stand with the Iraqi Security Forces and all those who made this moment of liberation possible.”

He went on to state: “We have made tremendous progress against ISIS – more in the past 6 months than in the years since ISIS became a major threat.  The victory in Mosul, a city where ISIS once proclaimed its so-called ‘caliphate,’ signals that its days in Iraq and Syria are numbered.  We will continue to seek the total destruction of ISIS.”

The war against terrorism is far from over.

ISIS still ravages innocents with their violent ways and threatens the very existence of Western civilization.

For now, victory — but a bigger battle to eradicate ISIS will come soon enough.

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