Iraq declares end of war with ISIS

12 December, 2017, 18:50 | Author: Kim Reid
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IS seized vast areas north and west of Baghdad in a lightning offensive in 2014, endangering the very existence of the Iraqi state.

On the Syrian side of the border, IS is under massive pressure too. "We have triumphed in little time".

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited Iraq last week, said in a statement that Saturday's announcement "signals a new chapter towards a more peaceful, prosperous country".

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the final victory over Daesh on December 9, following a years-long operation against the terrorists.

This most recent war of words followed consecutive announcements by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Valery Gerasimov, who both claimed that the Islamic State group had faced a "complete rout" on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates River - a claim quickly denied by the USA -led "coalition" heads in the Pentagon.

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"All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the global Iraqi-Syrian borders", Yarallah said in a statement, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL, also known as ISIS.

Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi watch the televised statement of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Basra on Saturday.

Mosul, ISIL's de facto capital in Iraq, was freed from militants in July.

Monitoring group Airways estimated that coalition strikes killed between 1,093 and1,572 civilians in Mosul alone.

The United Nations estimates that some 3.2 million people remain displaced from areas that were under ISIL's control.

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Iraqi people fleeing Mosul in February.

Still, security analysts and military commanders warned that the end of large-scale military maneuvers did not mean the end of the Islamic State threat. "We must be clear however", said Prime Minister May, "that whilst Daesh is failing, they are not yet defeated". At first, some of those Iraqis were willing supporters of the insurgent force, in large part because of the years of sectarian violence and abuse they had experienced from Iraq's Shiite-majority politicians.

The Coalition congratulate the people of Iraq on their significant victory against #Daesh.

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