‘Daesh no longer hold significant territory in Iraq or Syria,’ says Theresa May.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in the more than three year fight against IS in a national address aired on Iraqi state television Saturday evening.
Sunday was an official holiday in
A military parade attended by al-Abadi was held inside
"Daesh no longer hold significant territory in
"This signals a new chapter towards a more peaceful, prosperous country," added May.
Several thousand Saudis are believed to have joined the ranks of Sunni extremist groups to fight in
However, the kingdom has also been a target of multiple attacks claimed by IS and carried out by local affiliates.
The top US-led coalition commander US Lt Gen Paul E Funk II pledged that coalition forces would continue to support
"Much work remains, and we will continue to work by, with and through our Iraqi partners to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh and prevent its ability to threaten civilisation, regionally and globally," Funk said in a statement released by the coalition Sunday.