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Iraq PM Abadi expects Islamic State's complete defeat in Iraq this year

Iraq PM Abadi expects Islamic State's complete defeat in Iraq this year
Iraqi Prime minister Haider Al-Abadi speaks during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photo: Reuters
Published: 12:05 AM, October 11, 2017

BAGHDAD - Islamic State will be completely defeated in Iraq this year, Iraqi state television quoted Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as saying on Tuesday.

Islamic State's cross-border "caliphate" effectively collapsed in July, when U.S.-backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, the group's de facto capital in Iraq, after a nine-month battle.

The group's last territory in Iraq is now a stretch skirting the western border with Syria following the fall of the town of Hawija and surrounding areas on Oct. 5 in an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces. REUTERS