Iraq liberated

Stuff reports:

Iraq says its war on the Islamic State terror group is over after more than three years of combat operations drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Iraqi forces were in full control of the country’s border with Syria during remarks at a conference in Baghdad, and his spokesman said the development marked the end of the military fight against IS.

A senior military commander confirmed combat operations had been completed.

“All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border,” Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah said in a statement released shortly after al-Abadi’s remarks. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for IS.

That’s a great achievement for Iraq and the Iraqi military. I’m very proud NZ soldiers helped train and support the Iraqi military so they could achieve this.

Now can you recall which New Zealand MP said in Parliament that the Iraqi soliders were cowards and would not fight? I’ll give you a hint. He is now Minister of Defence.

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