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Mosul was the largest city in the "caliphate" proclaimed by Daesh (ISIS) and its loss is a huge blow to the militants' statehood experiment – but not a fatal one. The northern Iraqi city was where Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only known public appearance in July 2014, announcing himself to the world as "caliph" during a Friday sermon at a mosque in the Old City.It took tens of thousands of Iraqi forces backed by Western warplanes and special forces nearly nine months to defeat the militants, who leave behind them a heavily damaged city and exhausted security forces.With Mosul, a city that had a population of around 2 million three years ago, the "caliphate" loses one of the main hubs of its administration and Daesh one of the most potent symbols of its might.
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