December 9, 2017
Iraq says its war on the Islamic State is over, after more than three years of combat operations.
During a conference in Baghdad on Saturday Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the country’s forces are in full control of its border with Syria.
The border zone was the last area held by extremists following a series of defeat over the past two years.
“Honorable Iraqis – your land has been completely liberated. Your cities and villages have returned home,” said Al-Abadi. “The dream of liberation has become a reality. We achieved victory in difficult circumstances and with God’s help, the steadfastness of our people and the bravery of our heroic forces, we prevailed.”
The U.S. led coalition took to twitter to congratulate the country on its victory, adding they stand by the Iraqi people.
The forces fighting Islamic State in both countries say they now expect a new phase of guerrilla warfare, typical to the group.