UN / MOSUL LIBERATION

14-Jul-2017 00:01:58
An Iraqi official told reporters that the central goal of the Iraqi security forces was “to eliminate all terrorist groups inside the city of Mosul and not allow any of them to escape from the city, as they represent a continuous and a future threat should they survive.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MOSUL LIBERATION
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DATELINE: 14 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

14 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. Close up, map of Mosul
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Marzooq, Charge' D'affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations:
“The operations’ central goal for the Iraqi security forces was to eliminate all terrorist groups inside the city of Mosul and not allow any of them to escape from the city, as they represent a continuous and a future threat should they survive.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Marzooq, Charge' D'affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations:
“ISIS increased its use of suicide bombers to slow down the advance of Iraqi forces, but they were unsuccessful. Finally, on July 10th 2017, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, announced the full liberation of the city of Mosul and the defeat of ISIS.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Marzooq, Charge' D'affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations:
“This is the war. In the war you lose something. And you have our priorities; our priority in this war is to protect civilians as much as we can. But as you know, it’s the war, sometimes they make casualties, they make martyrs, but this is the war.”
9. Med shot, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Marzooq, Charge' D'affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations:
“Our priority is how to reconstruct, not only the Mosul, but all the liberated cities like Falluja, Ramadi, Baiji, and Salah ad Din. All these cities need reconstruction. Also, to return back the IDPs to their homes and to begin life again.”
11. Zoom out, end of presser
STORYLINE
An Iraqi official today (14 Jul) told reporters at the United Nations (UN) in New York that the central goal of the Iraqi security forces was “to eliminate all terrorist groups inside the city of Mosul and not allow any of them to escape from the city, as they represent a continuous and a future threat should they survive.”

Mohammed Marzooq, who is the Charge' D'affaires at the Iraqi to the UN, said ISIS had “increased its use of suicide bombers to slow down the advance of Iraqi forces, but they were unsuccessful.”

Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced the full liberation of the city of Mosul and the defeat of ISIS on Monday (10 Jul).

Asked about vengeance killings and civilian casualties, Marzooq said “this is the war. In the war you lose something. And you have our priorities; our priority in this war is to protect civilians as much as we can. But as you know, it’s the war, sometimes they make casualties, they make martyrs, but this is the war.”

Regarding reconstruction, Marzooq said “not only the Mosul, but all the liberated cities like Falluja, Ramadi, Baiji, and Salah ad Din. All these cities need reconstruction. Also, to return back the IDPs to their homes and to begin life again.”

The Security Council issued a statement on Thursday (13 Jul) saying that the liberation of Mosul marked an “important milestone” in the global fight against ISIS, welcoming the announcement by Iraqi authorities that the city has been freed of the terrorist group.
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