A senior US general said the war was “far from over” in Iraq, despite the return of Mosul from the organization of the Islamic state, adding that he did not see a significant reduction in the number of American soldiers after the fall of the city.
“This war is far from over, so I do not expect to see any significant change in our troop levels in the near future because there is still hard work to be done by the Iraqis and the coalition,” said Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of coalition forces fighting the organization in Iraq and Syria. “He said.
He added that by restoring Mosul, the alliance could increase its resources, including reconnaissance and air strikes, to help restore Al-Raqqa in Syria, but made clear that the changes would not be significant.
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared victory over the militant organization in Mosul on Monday, the biggest defeat of the Islamic state since the Caliphate was declared three years ago.
Iraqi forces still have the task of getting the organization out of a number of Iraqi cities, including Tal Afar and Hawija.