Iraqi security forces remove the last foci of resistance from militants of the Islamic State in Mosul.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi went to Mosul on Sunday to congratulate his troops on “liberating” the city, but stopped singing victory.
Activists have an area of approximately 180 m in length and 45 m in width.
The battle for Mosul took almost nine months, left large areas in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced more than 920,000.
Commanders of the US-led coalition that provides ground and air support to Iraqi forces said the urban fighting was very intense since World War II.
Legend means Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Iraqi forces upon his arrival in Mosul
By using a derogatory term to rely on an Arabic acronym for its ancient name, he said that the “remains of Daesh are besieged by a few centimeters” and expressed “their recognition by the heroic forces determined to end the myth of Daesh For good “.
“One or two pockets are always controlled by militants is to have more than two options: surrender or die,” he added.
Monday morning, Iraqi army officials estimate that only a few dozen militants continue to resist a small part of the old city, near the west bank of the Tigris River.
Most of the civilians left there were supposed to be members of the family of activists, who were used as human shields, they added.
Control of Mosul over time
Jonathan Beale BBC in Mosul said a steady stream of civilian population, weak by hunger and lack of water, was always carried out from the old town.
Search and rescue teams have also eliminated many bodies from among the mountain debris, adds the correspondent.
The UN estimates that ground fighting and air strikes have damaged more than 5,000 destroyed buildings and 490 in the densely populated old city.
Legend means The BBC reports on Mosul, where rescue teams are looking for survivors
“It is a relief to know that the military campaign in Mosul ends. The struggle may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is not,” said UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Lise Grande.
“Many of those who fled have lost everything, they need shelter, food, health, water, sanitation and emergency equipment.The levels of trauma that we are experiencing are the highest everywhere, what people lived is almost unimaginable” .
Where is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State?
After Mosul: Iraqi cities still under IS control
The militants have threatened Mosul in June 2014 before taking control of large parts of northern and western Iraq.
The following month, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first and only public appearance as leader in the Great Mosque in al-Nuri city and delivered a speech proclaiming the creation of a “caliphate.”
He made the mosque exploded almost exactly three years later, when Iraqi troops were preparing to resume – a move that the Iraqi PM called a “formal statement of defeat.”
Our correspondent says that jihadists have lost military in Mosul, but it is not an end in Iraq nor the end of their crooked ideology.
It is still controlling the territory in three areas of Iraq – around Hawija, 130 km (80 miles) southeast of Mosul; Around Tal Afar, 65 km west; And Ana Al-Qaim, in the Euphrates Valley, 250 km south-west.