Iraqi PM says three months needed to eliminate Islamic State: TV

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Posted: Dec 27, 2016 9:31 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said it would take three months to eliminate Islamic State, as U.S.-backed forces battle to dislodge the militants from their urban stronghold of Mosul.

"Conditions indicate that Iraq needs three months to eliminate Daesh," state TV quoted Abadi as saying.

(Reporting by Saif Hameed; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)