Abadi Announces Military Defeat of Isis in Iraq
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Tuesday (November 21) the Iraqi forces defeated Islamic State (ISIS) militarily in the country.
Speaking during his weekly press conference in Baghdad, Abadi said that Iraqi forces have erased ISIS militants in the country.
However, “the political tensions could open the gate for ISIS to carry out terrorist acts,” Abadi noted.
ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, announcing a cross-border "caliphate" incorporating swathes of Iraq and Syria. The militant group imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the territory under its control.
In 2014, self-proclaimed ISIS "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ruled over seven million people in a territory as large as Italy encompassing large parts of Syria and nearly a third of Iraq.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday also declared "victory" over ISIS in Iraq and Syria as the militants cling to just a few remaining scraps of territory.
In a televised speech Rouhani thanked "all the fighters of Islam,” supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the armed forces of Iraq and Syria for "the end of this group that brought nothing but evil, destruction, murder and savagery.”
Iran is one of the main international backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has sent military advisers and thousands of "volunteers" to fight ISIS on the ground in Syria and Iraq.