Iraqi Prime Minister declares victory over ISIS, says borders are secured

After nearly four years of fighting, Iraq has finally declared victory stating that it has pushed ISIS out and secured its borders with Syria: "All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh [ISIS] gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border."
Iraq declares victory Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Iraqi government announced on Saturday that the war against ISIS is over after more than three years of intense fighting. The announcement comes two days after the Russian army declared ISIS had been defeated in Syria.

At a press conference held in Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced that the army had achieved full control along the border with Syria. Abadi’s spokesman added that this development marked the end of the fighting against ISIS which was confirmed by a senior Iraqi army commander who told the Associated Press that the military campaign was over.

Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

"All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh [ISIS] gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border," Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Rasheed said in a statement.

Iraqi troops celebrating Mosul victory Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

In the summer of 2014, ISIS seized nearly a third of Iraq, including the city of Mosul, the second largest city in the country, at which time, the organization's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the establishment of a new Islamic caliphate. Despite reports over the years that al-Baghdadi had been assassinated, this past September, Reuters reported he was in fact still alive.



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