Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki said that recapture of Mosul is a major victory of the country’s armed forces where as America has contributed to the emergence of ISIS in the country.He pointed to the fact that Washington has sought to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in order to maintain influence in the region.”
Maliki said that U.S supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people’s militia, Iraqi air force.
He added that he “regrets and denies Americans claiming the victory in Mosul is their achievement.”
Acknowledging that U.S. has been providing support to the Iraqi army and allied forces through air strikes in fight against ISIS , Maliki said “but it is America who created ISIS in the first place and now Washington seeks to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in order to maintain influence in the region.”
As the battle of Mosul lasted for nine months, Maliki said, “The Iraqi military did everything possible “not to destroy the city more than it was necessary in the circumstances of war to not to make residents suffer.”
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets:Huwayjah, Near Mosul,Near Qaim.
Additionally, 16 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq from July 19-20 that closed within the last 24 hours.
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.