BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said on Saturday that Iraqi forces have driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
The Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under IS control along the border with Syria, state television quoted Mr Abadi as telling an Arab media conference in Baghdad.
“Commander-in-Chief @HaiderAlAbadi announces that Iraq’s armed forces have secured the western desert & the entire Iraq Syria border, says this marks the end of the war against Daesh terrorists who have been completely defeated and evicted from Iraq,” the Federal Government’s official account tweeted.
Daesh is the Arabic name for Islamic State.
Several squadrons of Iraqi helicopters flew over Baghdad carrying Iraqi flags at noon, in an apparent rehearsal for a victory parade that Iraq is planning to hold in the coming days.
Senior Iraqi military commander Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah also announced that combat operations against the extremists had concluded.
The US-led coalition that had been supporting Iraqi forces against Islamic State tweeted its congratulations to “the people of Iraq on their significant victory against #Daesh”.
Iraqi forces had captured Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, near the Syrian border, last month.
Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, fell in July after a gruelling nine-month campaign backed by a US-led coalition that saw much of the northern Iraqi city destroyed.
Islamic State’s Syrian capital Raqqa also fell to a US-backed Kurdish-led coalition in September.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who in 2014 had declared in Mosul the founding of a new Islamic caliphate, released an audio recording on September 28 that indicated he was alive, after several reports he had been killed.
Baghdadi, who is believed to be hiding in the stretch of desert in the border area, urged his followers to keep up the fight despite setbacks.
Advance booking open for Dashin
Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.
The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.
On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking. Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.Follow @gorkhapost