Iraqi PM Abadi declares victory over Islamic State in Tal Afar: statement

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 31, 2017 7:54 AM

ERBIL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State militants in Tal Afar and the entire province of Nineveh on Thursday.

"Tal Afar has been liberated," Abadi said in a statement. "We say to the Islamic State fighters: wherever you are, we are coming for you and you have no choice but to surrender or die."

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