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Iraqi premier claims victory over ISIS in Baiji

By Rudaw 24/10/2015
Iraqi PM Haider Abadi visiting government and militia forces in Tikrit following its liberation from ISIS in April, 2015. AFP file photo
Iraqi PM Haider Abadi visiting government and militia forces in Tikrit following its liberation from ISIS in April, 2015. AFP file photo

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Friday that the town of Baiji is free from Islamic State (ISIS) militants after several months of fierce battles, describing it as “a valuable victory”.

Abadi who met with army and Shiite militia commanders known as Hashd al-Shaabi, said that the battle for Baiji proved the capabilities of the Iraqi forces.

“The battle for Baiji brought out the capacity of Iraqis and their persistence until they liberated their city which was embattled for seven months,” said the Iraqi premier as quote by his public relations office.

Baiji, 210 kilometers north of Baghdad, is home to Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the Sunni province of Salahaddin.

Abadi sent condolences to families of soldiers and militiamen killed in battle, adding that the government would not abandon the people of Baiji and their rights.

“Without the sacrifice and the blood of the martyrs such a victory would not have been achieved,” Abadi emphasized.

Meanwhile, a Shiite militia officer said that his forces were cleaning up roads in the area of explosives and landmines planted by ISIS.

"Iraqi forces cleared downtown Baiji and bomb disposal teams are working to defuse bombs laid in the streets and homes in the town," Karim Nuri, a spokesperson for militia told Rudaw following the town’s recapture.

 

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Dutchman | 24/10/2015
Now go north to Hawija, Prime Minister. It would make the Border between Kurdistan and ISIS a lot shorter.
bain | 24/10/2015
This is the 10'th time Baiji is "liberated" and the 2. time the Iranian puppet in Baghdad makes a visit to declare "victory"
beetleking | 25/10/2015
@bain This time its real because the large amount of shia militants have joined in war.
beetleking | 25/10/2015
@Dutchman Rudaw news is little bit slow but they have already started operation near the Hawija and they have been successful there. This is the current map of Iraq right now https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Iraq_war_map.png
kili | 25/10/2015
ppffffffff it's not all liberated! like the previous pathetic attempts they'll lose it back to ISIS in a week, wait and see

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