>> Jubilant celebrations in eastern Mosul for the first Eid festivities without Islamic State in years. The militants were adjuncted for much of the Iraqi city in January. Those marking the end of Ramadan now hope the battle to recapture the remaining area will soon be over.>>
We are happy that we got rid of Daesh, the rats. Thank God. It is a pleasant Eid.>> Some children, playing with plastic guns and rifles. These were the sorts of toys allowed by Islamic State militants when they took over in 2014. Under their extreme version of Islam, toys with a face like dolls were associated with idolatry.
They encouraged youngsters instead to train on weapons. And add up bombs or bullets in maths exercises. But for many here, Sunday's Eid celebrations were overshadowed by the thousands of civilians trapped in the old city in western Mosul which is still under IS control.>> We want to tell our relatives who are still in the western side that the security forces are coming to save you.
So don't be afraid and don't hesitate in cooperating with them.>> Iraqi authorities were hoping to declare victory in the northern city by the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. An army general now expects the battle for the city to end in a matter of days.