MOSCOW, Jun. 29 (Press Shia Agency) – The Ministry of Defense of Iraq has announced Thu. that ISIL terrorists have been eliminated or knocked out of all districts of the city of Mosul, Sky News Arabia reports.

Earlier on Thursday, Iraqi government troops captured the 845 year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul from where ISIL proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago.

For more than eight months, the northern city of Mosul served as the de facto capital of ISIL in Iraq.

Following the seizing of the mosque, Iraqi state TV broadcasted a message announcing the “fall of the mythical state,” referring to ISIL.

The ISIL terror group took over Mosul in June 2014, and the operation aimed at liberating the city from terrorists started in October 2016. The eastern part of the city was liberated by Iraqi and US-led coalition forces in late January. A month later, the Iraqi forces began the operation aimed at liberating western Mosul from ISIL.

The US-led coalition of 69 members is conducting airstrikes, ground-based and rocket-propelled artillery fire against the ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Unlike the coalition illegitimate status of operation in Syria, the strikes in Iraq are conducted in support of the Iraqi government.

SPUTNIK/Press Shia Agency