Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared final victory over Daesh, on Saturday, after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
The announcement comes two days after the Russian military announced the defeat of the militants in neighbouring Syria, where Moscow is backing Syrian government forces.
It is worth highlighting that Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under Daesh control along the border with Syria, the military said.
“Honourable Iraqis: your land has been completely liberated. The dream of liberation is now a reality”, Abadi said in a televised address. He was speaking with five Iraqi flags and dozens of servicemen from different branches behind him, saying:
We have accomplished a very difficult mission. Our heroes have reached the final strongholds of Daesh and purified it. The Iraqi flag flies high today over all Iraqi lands.
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