IS seizes major part of village south of Mosul after defeat Jul 12, 2017 0 702 12345 ReutersTIKRIT, IraqIslamic State has captured most of a village south of Mosul despite losing control of its stronghold in the city, an Iraqi army officer and residents said, deploying guerrilla-style tactics as its self-proclaimed caliphate crumbles.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, marking the biggest defeat for the hardline Sunni group since its lightning sweep through northern Iraq three years ago.But the militants, armed with machine guns and mortars, have now seized more than 75 percent of Imam Gharbi, a village on the western bank of the Tigris river some 70 km (44 miles) south of Mosul, and reinforcements are expected, the Iraqi army officer said.Islamic State launched its attack on Imam Gharbi last week, in the kind of strike it is expected to deploy now as US-backed Iraqi forces regain control over cities the group captured during its shock 2014 offensive.Mosul resident Hind Mahmoud said by telephone that she had heard exchanges of gunfire in the Old City and seen an Iraqi army helicopter firing on Islamic State militants on Tuesday.Stripped of Mosul, Islamic State's dominion in Iraq will be reduced to mainly rural, desert areas west and south of the city.Islamic State also faces pressure in its operational base in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where US-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces have seized territory on three sides of the city. The campaign to retake Mosul from the militants was launched last October by a 100,000-strong alliance of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militias, with a US-led coalition providing key air and ground support.Abadi's government in Iraq now faces a difficult task managing the sectarian tensions which enabled Islamic State to gain supporters in the country among fellow Sunnis, who say they were marginalised by the Shi'ite-led government.The US-led coalition warned that victory in Mosul did not mark the end of the group's global threat."Now it is time for all Iraqis to unite to ensure ISIS (Islamic State) is defeated across the rest of Iraq and that the conditions that led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq are not allowed to return again,"Lieutenant General Stephen J. Townsend said in a statement. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Mosul's once thriving Old City now a grey wasteland Jul 12, 2017 0 153 UN rights chief urges justice and healing post Mosul victory Jul 12, 2017 0 146 Lebanese army kills Islamic State-linked militant Jul 12, 2017 0 128 Israel's Labour hopes fresh face can topple Netanyahu Israel's main opposition Labour party has taken a risk in electing as its new leader an ex-businessman who only joined months ago, hoping a fresh approach can topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Avi Gabbay, a .. Islamic State chief Baghdadi reported killed AFP Beirut Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the militants from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul. The Syrian Observatory for .. Amnesty accuses Iraqi forces, allies of war crimes in Mosul battle Reuters ERBIL, Iraq Amnesty International said on Tuesday tactics used by Iraqi forces and their US-led coalition allies in the battle for Mosul violated international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes. .. Sporadic clashes in city after declaration of victory AP MOSUL Sporadic clashes continued on Tuesday in Mosul, even after Iraq's prime minister declared a"total victory"over the Islamic State group in the city and at least one airstrike hit the Old City neighborhood .. Iraq Shiite leader says 'terrorism'not finished AP BAGHDAD An Iraqi Shiite politician has warned that defeating the Islamic State group in Mosul doesn't mean that"terrorism"is finished and is urging the government to review its policies for dealing with Sunni .. Yazidis attend Srebrenica event demand genocide recognition Reuters SREBRENICA, Bosnia Four Yazidis from Iraq joined thousands of Bosnian Muslims at a commemoration on Tuesday of the 8,000 men and boys killed in 1995 at Srebrenica and called for atrocities committed against ..