By John Lee.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared "the ending of entire clearance of the Aljazeera in Nineveh and Anbar completely, and we have full control along the Iraqi-Syrian ... Border."
Al-Abadi has said that the victories were achieved by unity and determination. "The enemy wanted to destroy our country and civilization and we have countered and defeated it."
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulated Iraq on the complete liberation of all of its territory from the Daesh terrorists:
“On this day, we remember all those who paid the ultimate price. Our thoughts are with the families of the martyrs and fighters from all around the country that stepped forward to save their country, and with the millions who have been displaced and are eagerly waiting to return to their homes to rebuild their lives.”
(Sources: Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, UN)