Iraqi army announces liberation of last-remaining Isil territory in north of country

Iraqi forces have declared northern Iraq clear of Islamic State after retaking the city of Hawija, one of the jihadist group’s last remaining strongholds in the country.

Announcing the liberation, Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, called it a “victory not just for Iraq but for the whole world.”

Iraqi forces have driven Isil from nearly all the cities and towns it seized in the summer of 2014, including the country’s second largest city, Mosul, which was liberated in July.

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  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Why couldn’t they do this two years ago, or better yet, why did they allow those towns to fall to ISIS in the first place?

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Mr. Obama, Mr. Barack Obama, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Mr. Barrack Obama, please …

    • Watchman

      Few soldiers in the Iraq army were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect someone not of their family, clan or muslim sect. Western civilisation’s strength was the transferral of loyalty from family to the secular state, and the leftists and SJWs are working hard to convince people to further transfer their loyalty to sexual, ideological, racial groupings in order so that they can be better controlled.

      It is absurd to believe that Iraqi troops will, in general, give up fealty to family, clan and sect under US military supervision without a massive change simultaneously in all areas in their society. Under islam this isn’t going to happen. Sure, there are some amazing Iraqis who have done this, but they are like beacons in the dark, not representative off the whole military..

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    Justin is setting up a tent at Pearson with parkas to give away for all of those ISIS fighters coming back “home”.

    • Watchman

      “I have vests for you all to warm you up in the coming Canadian winter. You can only use them once though. Otherwise, I’ve organised driving instruction for heavy vehicles and fast track into the Canadian Army for anyone interested.” /sarc