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> Victory is at hand in Mosul. Islamic States' defensive lines have collapsed and its last bastion could fall to Iraqi troops within hours, state TV reported on Saturday morning. It's not over yet then, but some Iraqi soldiers kicked off the celebrations early. Dancing on the streets even as airstrikes and artillery salvos pounded the Jihadists in their former de facto capital.
Posing with Islamic State flags seized as trophies. Not everyone's joining the party though. Months of fighting have displaced nearly than a million people, about half of Mosul's pre-war population. Many have lost loved ones as well as their homes. Camps outside the city are overflowing. Mosul is where Islamic State proclaimed its caliphate in Iraq and Syria three years ago.
Its dominion in Iraq will be reduced to patches of desert to the West and South of the city once its last redoubt falls.