'39 Indians abducted in Iraq could be in jail near Mosul'

The calls came as Mosul was declared liberated from the terror group. ISIS typically uses lone wolf attacks as a way to distract from defeats elsewhere

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, along with Minister of State (MoS) for Ministry of External Aaffairs (MEA) M.J. Akbar and MoS MEA Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh, met families of 39 Indians who are missing in Iraq since 2014.

"As the battle to retake west Mosul approached its conclusion this week, the IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reported an estimated 380,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) - or over 63,000 families - newly recorded east of Mosul city", the press release said.

"We have been coming here for the past three years in hope of good news".

"The US and its regional as well as their European allies were the main losers of the liberation of Mosul", Borujerdi said on Saturday. She said an authoritative official, quoting intelligence sources, told Singh that the Indians were deployed at a hospital construction site and then shifted to a farm. But now it seems that those inputs were wrong.

Badush is located northwest of Mosul.

Earlier they told that they have inputs that all youth are in a church in Mosul but now they say their input was not right.

She proptiously mentioned that the Iraqi foreign minister was scheduled to visit India on July 24 assesing that he might provide further information.

Similarly Harbhajan Kaur also said that it was disappointing that till now there is no concrete information about the missing youth. He is also among the 39 missing and hails from Babbowal village in Amritsar district.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIL in Mosul on July 9th after Iraqi forces took over western Mosul's Old City, the birthplace of the ISIL where the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made a sermon proclaiming control over a third of Iraq and Syria.

"We called all family members of those who were abducted in Iraq", Ms Swaraj said.

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