A statement attributed to the head of the federal police was released Sunday to announce "the victory (...) in Mosul", while the police forces were celebrating the event in music in the city, with flags and dances.
The army's 16th Infantry Division freed the areas of Khatoniyah, Tuwalib and Ra's al-Kour after defeating the IS defensive lines, leaving 67 IS militants killed, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last night congratulated the armed forces on a "big victory" in Mosul, despite ongoing clashes.
The Iraqi army says it has completely surrounded fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Mosul as it continues to make gains in its final push to retake the city. Reaching the river will give Iraqi forces control over the entire city and is expected by the end of this week.
As Iraqi forces close in on ISIS, the group is now sending female suicide bombers to target soldiers.
"Before that, they were using snipers and bombs more", he said.
Fleeing civilians arrive at a processing centre before being transferred to refugee camps in western Mosul.style="text-align: center;"
Thousands of children still trapped in IS-held areas in Mosul: UN
Monday's two suicide bombings against Iraqi soldiers followed three other such attacks by women - some of them teenagers - in the previous two days, said Sgt. Ali Abdullah Hussein.
Iraq's Counter-terrorism service (CTS) has a plan in place to recapture the towns of Hawijah and Tal Afar from Daesh militants, its spokesman Sabah Al-Numan said Friday.
"These people have come out of the old city, where fierce fighting".
The win was deeply symbolic: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the group's caliphate nearly three years ago from the 850-year-old religious site.
The terror group's stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa is under siege, with US -backed forces encircling the city after closing the militants' escape route from the south. She was married to an ISIS hacker who was killed in 2015 in a drone strike. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
"We know them very well", said Mohammed Sinan, an unemployed businessman who lives in the Al-Andulus area in eastern Mosul that was recaptured in January.
"One of the suicide bombers was Tunisian", he said.style="text-align: center;"