Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over. Haider al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Following its loss of the town of Rawa in November, the border zone contained the last few areas Islamic State held. The US state department welcomed the end of the "vile occupation" of IS in Iraq and said that the fight against the group would continue.
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Iraq's announcement comes a couple of days after the Russian military declared that it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in neighboring Syria.
The jihadist group had seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014 when it proclaimed a "caliphate" and imposed its rule over10 million people.
But, over the past two years, it suffered a series of defeats, losing Iraq's second city of Mosul this July and its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria last month.
Some Islamic State fighters reportedly have dispersed into the Syrian countryside, while others have escaped across the Turkish border.