Iraq PM Abadi Attends Military Parade Celebrating Mosul Victory

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The minister told family members of the men, who had been abducted by terror group Islmaic State from Mosul, about information received by Minister of State for External Affairs, V. K. Singh, who had gone to to Iraq.

The celebration, attended by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who is also commander-in-chief of the Iraqi army, comes less than a week after al-Abadi made a formal declaration of victory in Mosul, although fighting is still occurring in some parts. But Ms Swaraj said though eastern Mosul has been liberated, the Iraqi forces are still checking some buildings and civilians can not enter the area. She told them that the missing Indians are most probably in a jail in Badush where the fighting is still going on.

"We thought that the government will find them once Mosul is free but now with Government saying that they are likely in Badush prison, we have no option other than waiting for fights to end there".

Families of 39 Indians abducted in Iraq by the Islamic State are hopeful that their loved ones would be re-united with them. However, they expressed disappointment after their meeting with Swaraj.

All the youngsters who went to Iraq had gone there to eran livelihood but there is no word on them after they were abducted by the ISIS.

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Notably, out 39 Indians missing in Iraq, majority hail from Punjab.

It was at Mosul's historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq. The city's eastern half was declared liberated in January, and the push for the city's western section, separated from the east by the Tigris River, began the following month.

" Hun sab rab de aasre hai (It is all in God's hands now)". We all came with lot of hope but things are not moving forward and there is hardly any clue.

Talking to HT, Gurpinder Kaur, one of the family members said, "I met the Union minister today but I am disheartened".

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