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Thirty-nine Indians abducted in Iraq by the Islamic State three years ago may be lodged in a jail in Badush in northwest Mosul, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said, and added that her Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Al Jaafari may bring fresh information about them when he visits India on July 24.

The minister told that inputs from Iraq have come that the 39 Indians might be in Badush prison which is still under the influence of the ISIS and the clashes are still on there with the Iraqi troops, added Gurpinder, who waits for her brother Manjinder Singh to come home.

Sushma Swaraj said that soon after the Iraqi Prime Minister announced that Mosul had been liberated from the ISIS, she asked V.K. Singh to go to Erbil and personally find out where the missing Indians were and how they can be rescued.

"Issue is that last time when we met the Minister we were told that the Indian government had had concrete information about the location of the Indians there". They were then taken to a jail in Badush in West Mosul, where fighting between the IS and Iraqi forces is on. But Ms Swaraj said though eastern Mosul has been liberated, the Iraqi forces are still checking some buildings and civilians can not enter the area.

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In relevant remarks last Tuesday, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that the Iraqi army and popular forces actually defeated the U.S. and other supporters of terrorists by capturing Mosul and Iraq's territories. They had been working at a hospital construction site, from where they were shifted to a farm. She briefed family members of the abducted men, who are mostly from Punjab, about the information gathered by V K Singh.

The families have met the minister around 12 times over the issue and now after Mosul got free; the MEA had called the families to Delhi on Sunday to meet the Minister.

Al-Araji said that Iraq had been "victorious over Daesh and terrorism".

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