TNANEWS – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday (August 31) announced full liberation of Nineveh province from Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
Abadi, who is also Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, said in a statement that the Iraqi forces have liberated all the areas in Tal Afar and Ayadiya.
“We promise the people of Iraq we will continue with the same determination to liberate every inch of Iraq’s land and its deserts,” Abadi said.
“We say to the criminal Daesh [ISIS militants]: Wherever you are, we are coming for liberation, and you have no choice but to die or surrender,” Abadi added.
Coalition Forces also congratulated Abadi and Iraqi security forces (ISF) on their victory in Tal Afar and northern Nineveh province.
“Following their historic liberation of Mosul and now a swift and decisive victory in Tal Afar, the ISF have shown, once again, they are an increasingly capable force that can protect the Iraqi people, defeat ISIS within Iraq and secure the country's borders," Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. and Coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, said in a statement provided to NRT English via Coalition forces.
“This is yet another significant achievement for the Iraqi Security Forces and the government and people of Iraq,” Townsend added.
Tal Afar, which had a pre-war population of about 200,000, is the latest objective in the U.S.-backed war on ISIS following the recapture of Mosul after a nine-month campaign that left much of the city, the biggest in northern Iraq, in ruins.
The Coalition has enabled Iraqi forces to regain control of 90 percent of Iraq’s land from ISIS, the statement said. The Coalition forces will continue to support Iraqi government and Iraqi security forces to defeat ISIS in western Anbar province and Hawija.