* Soldiers celebrate without waiting for victory announcement
* Iraqi forces chase last IS fighters in riverside redoubt
* IS still controls adjoining parts of Iraq and Syria
* Nearly half Mosul's residents displaced from ravaged city
Iraqi security forces expect to take full control of Mosul within hours as Islamic State's defensive lines crumble in its former de facto capital in Iraq, military commanders said on Saturday.
Dozens of soldiers celebrated amid the rubble on the banks of the Tigris river without waiting for a formal victory declaration, some dancing to music blaring out from a truck and firing machineguns into the air, a Reuters correspondent said.
The mood was less festive, however, among some of the nearly one million Mosul residents displaced by months of combat, many of whom are living in camps outside the city with little respite from the blazing summer heat.
"If there is no rebuilding and people don't return to their homes and regain their belongings, what is the meaning of liberation?" Mohammed Haji Ahmed, 43, a clothing trader, told Reuters in the Hassan Sham camp to the east of Mosul.
"We are seeing now the last metres (yards) and then final victory will be announced," a television presenter said, citing the channel's correspondents embedded with security forces fighting in Islamic State's (IS) redoubt in the Old City of Mosul, by the Tigris. "It's a matter of hours," she said.
A US-led international coalition is providing air and ground support to the eight-month campaign to wrest back Mosul, by far the largest city seized by Islamic State in 2014.
Almost exactly three years ago, the ultra-hardline group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared from Mosul a "caliphate" over adjoining parts of Iraq and Syria.
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