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Iraqi PM declares ‘end of war against IS’ in Iraq

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(FILES) This file photo taken on October 05, 2017 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi giving a press conference in Paris. Abadi announced on December 9, 2017, “the end of the war” in Iraq against the Islamic State group and that his forces had regained full control of the border with Syria. ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday announced the end of a three-year war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State jihadist group out of the country.

“Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS),” Abadi told a conference in Baghdad.

“Our enemy wanted to kill our civilisation, but we have won through our unity and our determination. We have triumphed in little time,” he said.

IS seized vast areas north and west of Baghdad in a lightning offensive in 2014, endangering the very existence of the Iraqi state.

Iraq’s fightback was launched with the backing of an air campaign waged by a US-led coalition, recapturing town after town from the clutches of the jihadists.

“I announce the good news: the liberation by Iraqi forces of the whole of the Iraqi-Syrian border,” the prime minister told the conference organised by the Iraqi journalists’ union.


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