Three years after militants from the Islamic State captured nearly a third of the nation, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared final victory over ISIS in a televised address to his nation on Saturday.
Haider al-Abadi’s speech comes two days after Russia announced victory over the same terrorist organization in Syria, where their military has been fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
According to the Iraqi Prime Minister, the final remaining portions of Iraqi territory that remained under ISIS control have been liberated from “ISIS terrorist gangs,” securing the Iraq-Syria border and removing the group’s hold on the country.
“Honorable Iraqis: your land has been completely liberated. The dream of liberation is now a reality,” Abadi said. “We have accomplished a very difficult mission. Our heroes have reached the final strongholds of Daesh and purified it. The Iraqi flag flies high today over all Iraqi lands.”