Iraq declares the end of its war on Isil

Iraq declares the end of its war on Isil

Iraq has formally declared its fight against Islamic State over after three years of heavy combat, although surviving militants are widely expected to launch a guerrilla war. He was speaking with five Iraqi flags and dozens of servicemen from different branches behind him.

"We honor the sacrifices of the Iraqi people, its security forces, and the Kurdish Peshmerga, and admire the unity in their ranks that had made this day possible".

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Iraqi forces were in full control of the country's border with Syria.

The U.S. State Department also issued a statement of congratulation.

Islamic State's Syrian capital Raqqa also fell to a USA -backed Kurdish-led coalition in September.

The five had blown themselves up after they were besieged during a massive security operation aimed at purging the area of Islamic State pockets, al-Husseini told Iraqi news portal Alsumaria News.

"Daesh's dream is over and we must erase all its effect and not allow terrorism to return".

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Iraq's close ally Iran already declared victory over IS last month, as the jihadists clung to just a few remaining scraps of territory.

The United Nations estimates that some 3.2 million people remain displaced from areas that were under ISIL's control.

Baghdadi is believed to be hiding in the stretch of desert in the border area.

Hisham al-Hashemi, an expert on jihadist groups, warned that IS still posed a threat by retaining arms caches in uninhabited desert zones.

Over the past three and a half years, Iraqi ground forces closely backed by the USA -led coalition have retaken all the territory once held by extremists, but the group remains capable of carrying out insurgent attacks. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Sunday jogged the memory of the Western partner about their "successes" in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan in comment to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drina's statement that Russia has "arrogated" the defeat of Islamic State (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) in Syria. "The rule of law and respect for it are the way to build the state and achieve justice, equality, and stability", he said.

The central government in Baghdad is in conflict with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government after the latter unilaterally held an independence referendum in September.

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