Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory more than Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, 3 years soon after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
The announcement comes two days following the Russian military announced the defeat of the militants in neighboring Syria, exactly where Moscow is backing Syrian government forces.
Iraqi forces recaptured the final locations still under Islamic State handle along the border with Syria, the military stated.
“Honourable Iraqis: your land has been fully liberated. The dream of liberation is now a reality,” Abadi said in a televised address. He was speaking with five Iraqi flags and dozens of servicemen from distinct branches behind him.
“We have accomplished a extremely hard mission. Our heroes have reached the final strongholds of Daesh and purified it. The Iraqi flag flies higher today over all Iraqi lands.”
Several squadrons of Iraqi helicopters flew more than Baghdad carrying Iraqi flags at noon, in an apparent rehearsal for a victory parade that Iraq is planning to hold in the coming days.
The government said the declaration meant Iraqi forces had secured the western desert and the whole Iraq-Syria border, and marked the end of the war against Islamic State.
Abadi declared Dec. 10 a national vacation to be celebrated each and every year. State television aired celebratory songs praising government forces and militias.
The U.S.-led coalition that has been supporting the Iraqi forces against Islamic State welcomed the news in a tweet.
“The Coalition congratulate the folks of Iraq on their significant victory against #Daesh. We stand by them as they set the conditions for a safe and prosperous #futureiraq,” mentioned the tweet. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, fell in July right after a grueling nine-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition that saw a lot of the northern Iraqi city destroyed.
Islamic State’s Syrian capital Raqqa also fell to a U.S.-backed Kurdish-led coalition in September.