Tamil Diplomat

Iraqi PM promises ‘big and final victory’ over ISIS next year

The presence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq will be completely eradicated in 2016, Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, said in a TV address dedicated to the capture of the city of Ramadi by government forces.“2016 will be the year of the big and final victory, when Daesh’s (Arabic acronym for Islamic State) presence in Iraq will be terminated,” al-Abadi is cited as saying by Reuters.

Earlier on Monday, the Iraqi forces announced that they had dislodged IS militants from the center of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in the Euphrates River valley about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad.It was the government’s first major military success against the jihadists, who gained control of a third of the country’s territory after a massive offensive in 2014.(BBC,2015)