Thursday, 31 August 2017

Iraq declares 'liberation' of Nineveh province from Islamic State

Iraq's prime minister says Nineveh province has been "fully liberated" from so-called Islamic State, after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured.

Haider al-Abadi's announcement followed the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled to from Tal Afar.

It leaves IS in control of just a few urban areas and some barren desert in central and western Iraq.
The group has suffered a string of territorial losses in recent months.

"Our happiness is complete, victory has arrived and the province of Nineveh is now entirely in the hands of our forces," a statement from the prime minister said.
IS militants seized control of much of Nineveh, including the provincial capital of Mosul, in June 2014.

BBC       News.