Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Baghdad will declare final victory against Daesh Takfiri terrorists after the country purges the remaining militants from desert areas.
Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Abadi, however, noted that Daesh Takfiri terrorists have already been defeated in Iraq from a military perspective.
The comments came a few days following the collapse of the pro-claimed caliphate of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
On Friday, Iraqi armed forces liberated the town of Rawa near the border with Syria, which was the last remaining town under Daesh’s control, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.
Two days later, Syrian army soldiers, backed by pro-government fighters from popular defense groups, fully liberated Bukamal, Daesh’s last stronghold in Syria, which is a strategic city in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr on the border with Iraq.
The recapture of the two towns marked an end to Daesh’s reign of terror, which started in 2014 with the group making vast territorial gains in a lightning offensive and establishing its self-proclaimed “caliphate” in Iraq’s Mosul and Syria’s Raqqah.
Abadi, also warned of the ramifications of political divisions in Iraq, saying that such disputes will pave the ground for Daesh to carry out attacks again.
The Iraqi prime minister hailed the Monday verdict by Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court that ruled the Kurdish independence referendum unconstitutional and called on Kurds not to resort to violence.