In pictures: Iraq declares victory in liberated Mosul

Retaking Mosul marks a major blow against ISIL, whose leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first speech as self-proclaimed caliph from one of the citys mosques in 2014.
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Children holding Iraq's national flag react as Iraqi forces celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city. Iraq declared victory against the ISIL group in Mosul on July 9 after a grueling months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group.
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A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows a general view of the destruction in Mosul's Old City. Iraq will announce imminently a final victory in the nearly nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, a US general said Saturday, as celebrations broke out among police forces in the city.
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An Iraqi boy flashes the sign for victory as he celebrates in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said he was in 'liberated' Mosul to congratulate 'the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory'.
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A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows a general view of the destruction in Mosul's Old City. Iraq will announce imminently a final victory in the nearly nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, a US general said Saturday, as celebrations broke out among police forces in the city.
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Iraqi federal police members flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said he was in 'liberated' Mosul to congratulate 'the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory'.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) arrives in the al-Tayaran neighborhood of Mosul on July 9, 2017 to meet with military commanders after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city. Abadi's office said he was in 'liberated' Mosul to congratulate 'the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory'.
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An Iraqi federal police member waves his country's national flag as he celebrates in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said he was in 'liberated' Mosul to congratulate 'the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory'.
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Iraqi civilians flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said he was in 'liberated' Mosul to congratulate 'the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory'.
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Iraq's national flag is suspended to a drone of Iraq's federal police as forces celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city. Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State group in Mosul on July 9 after a gruelling months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group.
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A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows Iraqi forces gathered in a position near the Tigris river in Mosul's Old City. Iraq will announce imminently a final victory in the nearly nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, a US general said Saturday, as celebrations broke out among police forces in the city.