After a fierce battle which took a month to be over, the Iraki forces have finally declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. They have retaken control over the city of Tikrit, the city where Sadam Hussein was born and one of the most important `acquisitions` that the Islamic State had added to the territory in which they have declared a caliphate under the reign of the controversial figure of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Islamic State insurgents have been finally defeated in a battle which was problematic for the Iraki forces when they reached the central parts of the town, full of bomb traps.
The Iraki government made the announcement of retaking Tikrit on Wednesday. Officials have added that the other parts of the country which are still under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the next to be released from the extremist group`s reign. ISIL was warned and the Iraki troops are preparing to continue the military process they began.
Haider al-Abadi, who is the prime minister of Iraq, gloriously carried an Iraqi banner while he was walking on a street in the freshly released town of Tikrit. He was encircled by euphoric forces.
However, the Islamic State has not yet said its last words.
They have led one of the most significant offensives by now in Syria. The extremist insurgents have entered a refugee camp inhabited by Palestinians, located near the Syrian capital of Damascus, officials of Palestinian origins have reported.
But Tikrit was just the beginning of a military campaign led by the Iraki forces in order to retake the territories now under the control of the Islamic State. For instance, the Islamic State still has control over Mosul, the main city in the northern Niniveh region of Iraq and the second most important city in the entire country, after the capital Baghdad.
Khalid al-Obeidi, who is the Defense Minister of Iraq, was also proud to announce the government`s forces victory over the Islamist group.
“We have the pleasure, with all our pride, to announce the good news of a magnificent victory. “Here we come to you, Anbar! Here we come to you, Nineveh, and we say it with full resolution, confidence, and persistence,”
stated al-Obeidi, also referring to the next objectives of the Iraki`s forces military campaign.
“God willing, there will be a fund to rebuild areas destroyed by Daesh and the war. Tikrit and Salahuddin areas will be covered by this fund,”
al-Obeidi added, commenting on the matter of the destruction caused by the Daesh, arabic for ISIL.
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