Abadi pledges to defeat DAESH in 2016

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi promises to end DAESH terror in country after Ramadi victory

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Baghdadi pledges to defeat DAESH in 2016.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi has vowed to defeat DAESH in the coming year after Iraqi troops retook the city of Ramadi from the terrorist organisation on Monday.

DAESH seized Ramadi in May and its apparent recapture is a major milestone for the Iraqi Army.

Abadi said in a speech broadcast on state television that "2016 will be the year of the big and final victory, when DAESH's presence in Iraq will be terminated."

"We are coming to liberate Mosul and it will be the fatal and final blow to DAESH," he added.

Iraqi troops appeared on TV channels as they were celebrating their victory, hanging flags on main government buildings in Ramadi and firing their guns into the air.  

The White House released a statement on Monday saying "The continued progress of the Iraqi Security Forces in the fight to retake Ramadi is a testament to their courage and determination, and our shared commitment to push ISIL [DAESH] out of its safe-havens."

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter also congratulated the Iraqi government following its annoucement that it has retaken the city.  

"The expulsion of ISIL [DAESH] by Iraqi security forces ... is a significant step forward in the campaign to defeat this barbaric group," Carter said in a statement.

"Now it's important for the Iraqi government ... to seize this opportunity to maintain the peace in Ramadi, prevent the return of ISIL [DAESH] and other extremists, and facilitate the return of Ramadi's citizens back to the city."

Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari also said in an interview in Baghdad on Monday that "The most important thing is to secure it [Ramadi] because DAESH can bounce back."

General Lloyd Austin, the head of US Central Command, which is responsible for US troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan, said that "The seizure of the Government Center clearly demonstrates that the enemy is losing momentum as they steadily cede territory."

Meanwhile Iraqi officials have not unveiled any casualty figures for government forces but medics reported that almost 100 injured government troops were taken to Baghdad hospitals on Sunday alone.

"The dead bodies are taken directly to the main military hospital," near the airport, said one hospital source without giving a death toll.

TRTWorld and agencies