Mosul was captured by Daesh, that overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq, in 2014.
The Arabic language website of RT website quoted an Iraqi top commander, Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah, as saying that during the operation to retake Mosul from ISIS, at least 25,000 terrorists including 450 suicidal militants were killed by 100,000 Iraqi forces.
She said, "East Mosul has been completely freed from ISIS and now buildings are being sanitised and authorities are not allowing civilians to go there as there may be bombs and other explosives".
The minister assured, "Once fighting stops in Badush and the area is cleared, we can probably find out about the whereabouts of the missing nationals".
Earlier, acknowledging the defeat of ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul as an important milestone in the global war against terror, the government said that it has "activated various channels" for locating the missing 39 Indian construction workers abducted from the city. However, they expressed disappointment after their meeting with Swaraj.
Explaining the Minister's comments, Gurpinder Kaur, leader of the delegation of the 39 families, told The Hindu that the government believed that the latest information was reliable as it was shared by high-level officials with General (Retd.) V.K. Singh, who returned from Iraq after visiting various spots.
Notably, out 39 Indians missing in Iraq, majority hail from Punjab. She briefed family members of the abducted men, who are mostly from Punjab, about the information gathered by V K Singh. We all came with lot of hope but things are not moving forward and there is hardly any clue.
Mousavi also described the liberation of Mosul as an official termination of Daesh in Iraq, warning, however, that the terrorist group's evil ideologies still prevail in Iraq and the region.