(Gateway Pundit) – On Saturday, Iraq revealed that its war against the Islamic State is finally over after more than three years of combat that drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held.
Iraq’s Prime Minister announced Iraqi forces were in full and total control of the country’s border with Syria. The developments marked the end of the fight against the Islamic State.
Senior military commander, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah, also confirmed that combat operations had been completed:
All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border.
The U.S.-led coalition congratulated Iraq on the “significant victory”. Islamic State fighters overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory, including Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Over the past three and a half years, a U.S.-led coalition working in tandem with Iraqi ground forces retook all of the Islamic State-dominated territory.
Islamic State fighters still remain capable of carrying out insurgent attacks in Iraq and across the world; the group has also recovered from past setbacks. In November, Iraqi forces retook the last town held by the Islamic State. Rawah, near the border with Syria, was the final town to be cleared and over the following weeks, Iraq’s vast western deserts were also cleared of Islamic State fighters.
Earlier this year, the tides shifted when Iraqi forces retook Mosul and pushed IS out of the city. Now, with the fighters pushed out completely and the border reclaimed, the war is truly over – at least for now.
After the three years of fighting, Iraq now faces the challenge of rebuilding. Some 3 million Iraqis are still displaced after the fighting.