Iraq says its war against IS has endedAP News
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 that combat operations had been completed.
"All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border," Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah said in a statement released shortly after al-Abadi's remarks. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for IS.
The U.S.-led coalition congratulated Iraq on the "significant victory" Saturday, according to an official statement posted to Twitter. "We stand by the Iraqi people as they set the conditions for a secure and prosperous future," it read.