By JODIE WOODS, APUS, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday told Iraqi Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi that his government is taking back its citizens from the Islamic State group in Mosul, where it declared a “state of war” last year, a spokesman for the Iraqi leader said.
Abadi told reporters in Baghdad that his forces “took back the city from terrorists”, the spokesman, Majid al-Saadi, told Reuters.
U.S.-led coalition forces have been in Iraq since 2014, and have since recaptured large swathes of territory.
They have been pushing back the Islamic state, also known as ISIL, which has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq.
Abdulrahman al-Jaberi, the spokesman for Abadi, said Abadi had been speaking to Trump on the phone, but did not give details of what was discussed.
The Iraqi leader’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Monday, Iraqi forces had liberated Mosul from the militants and taken back the main road to the city, which was captured in the last months of the U.N.-led offensive in 2014.
The recapture of Mosul marks a significant victory for the U