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Iraq to be liberated from Daesh in 2016: Iraqi PM

29 December 2015 10:00



Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to rid the entire country of Daesh in 2016, shortly after government forces liberated the city of Ramadi from the Takfiri terrorists.

“If 2015 was a year of liberation, 2016 will be the year of great victories, terminating the presence of Daesh in Iraq and Mesopotamia,” he said during a televised address in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday.

The prime minister went on to congratulate Iraqi forces for their recapturing of the Anbar provincial capital that had fallen into Takfiri hands in May.

An image grab taken from Iraqiya channel shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi delivering a televised speech in Baghdad on December 28, 2015. (AFP)

Without giving specifics, Abadi added, “We are coming to liberate Mosul, which will be the fatal blow to Daesh.”

Following the announcement of the city’s libration, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, stated that the military will use the liberation of Ramadi as a “launch pad” for the northern city of Mosul which was overran by Takfiri forces in June 2014.

Iraqi security forces brandish their weapons at a heavily damaged police headquarters after they recaptured the city of Ramadi on December 28, 2015. (AFP)

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond congratulated the government in Baghdad after Iraq’s flag was once again raised over Ramadi.

“This is the latest in a series of significant losses for Daesh. These barbaric terrorists have lost 30 percent of the territory they once held in Iraq,” Hammond  said in a statement.

French President Francois Hollande also congratulated Iraq during a phone conversation with Abadi.

“He congratulated him on the liberation of the city of Ramadi by Iraqi forces, which is the most important victory since the beginning of the fight against the Daesh terrorist organization,” said a statement released by France’s presidential office.

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