Humanitarian crisis in Mosul continues despite end of fighting – U.N.

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:45 GMT, Jul 11, 2017 |

The United Nations said on Monday (July 10), it welcomed an end to the fighting in Mosul, but cautioned that the humanitarian crisis in the capital of the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State continues.

Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the end of fighting in the Iraqi city means “a significant step in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.”

He said that nearly 900,000 are still displaced, and added that the world body is focusing on rebuilding basic services in the city.

Baghdadi has fled the city and his exact whereabouts are unknown. Reports have said he is dead but Iraqi and Western officials have not been able to confirm this.

Even if Baghdadi is killed or captured, that is unlikely to cripple Islamic State, which is now expected to take to the desert or mountains of Iraq and wage an insurgency, much like al Qaeda did following the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.