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Theresa May congratulated her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi over the victory against ISIL

Theresa May congratulated her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi over the victory against ISIL

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday congratulated her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi over the victory against ISIL, but warned the terrorist group is “not yet defeated.”

Extremists “still pose a threat to Iraq, including from over the Syrian border”, May said in a statement after the Iraqi prime minister announced the end of the fight against the extremist group earlier on Saturday.

Abadi said ISIL no longer occupies significant territory in Iraq, and the fight against it was over after more than three years of operations.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Abadi and all Iraqis on this historic moment,” May said. “This signals a new chapter towards a more peaceful, prosperous country.”

“We must be clear however, that whilst Da’esh (ISIL) is failing, they are not yet defeated,” she said. “They still pose a threat to Iraq, including from over the Syrian border.”

Iraqi forces mopped up the last pockets of ISIL fighters from Iraq’s western deserts on Saturday, securing the country’s border with Syria, a step that marked the end of military operations against the extremists in the country.

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