(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Monday announced that Iraqi Security Forces liberated the city of Mosul from ISIS control with the help of the U.S.
"Today, Iraqi Security Forces supported by the United States in the global coalition, liberated the city of Mosul from its longtime nightmare under the rule of ISIS," White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckbee Sanders announced during an off-camera gaggle.
"We congratulate Prime Minister Abadi, the Iraqi Security Forces, and all the Iraqis for their victory over terrorists who are the enemies of all civilized people. We mourn the thousands of Iraqis brutally killed by ISIS and the millions of Iraqis who suffered at the hands of ISIS. We grieve with the Iraqi people for the loss of heroic soldiers who gave their lives to restore life to their country, and we honor their sacrifice," she said.
"We in the United States and the global coalition are proud to stand with the Iraqi Security Forces and all those who made this moment of liberation possible," Sanders said. "We’ve made tremendous progress against ISIS more in the past six months than the years since ISIS became a major threat.
"The victory in Mosul, a city where ISIS once proclaimed its so-called caliphate, signals that its days in Iraq and Syria are numbered. We will continue to seek the total destruction of ISIS," Sanders concluded.
Mosul has been under ISIS control since June 2014.
Meanwhile, the U.S. senior commander in Iraq said the fight against ISIS is not over despite the victory in Mosul.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told the BBC, ""If we're to keep... ISIS 2.0 from emerging, the Iraqi government is going to have to do something pretty significantly different."
Townsend urged the Iraqi government to reach out to the Sunni Arab minority.