Iraq has declared the end of the country’s war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after achieving victory over the terrorist group.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, declaring the end to fight against ISIS, said, “Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I, therefore, announce the end of the war against Daesh.”
The announcement followed the Rawa recapture by the Iraqi forces in November and victory of Iraqi forces over ISIS in the fights in small border pockets.
Earlier on Saturday, senior military commander Lt General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah had announced the end of the war against ISIS. He said, “all Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian borders.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Mr. Abadi said on Twitter, “Our heroic armed forces have now secured the entire length of the Iraq-Syria border. We defeated Daesh through our unity and sacrifice for the nation. Long live Iraq and its people.”
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The Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi said after in a televised speech addressing the fellow Iraqis, “Your lands have been completely liberated, your occupied cities and towns are now safely back to the heart of our nation, and the dream of liberation is now a reality.”
“Today, we announce to people of Iraq, and to the world, that our heroes have now cleared the last of Daesh’s strongholds, and have raised the Iraqi flag high in the western areas of Al Anbar, which was the last remaining occupied land. Today, our flag flies high over all of Iraq and in most remote border areas,” a victorious Iraqi Prime Minister said in his televised voice.
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Announcing the Daesh dread over, Mr. Abadi said, “Daesh’s dream is finished, we must wipe out any of its remaining relics and never allow terrorism to return. With the blood of our young people, and the loss of the safety and security of their communities, the suffering of millions of our families as a result of displacement, our people have paid a huge price. This page must be turned, and never repeated.”
We thank our partners and friends around the world who stood by us and supported us in our battle for liberation. We now need your help to rebuild and ensure a lasting peace in our nation and for a stable region pic.twitter.com/0gEHxZ7p0m
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The Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi thanked “all nations, NGOs and humanitarian organizations that stood with Iraq during this campaign.”