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Iraq PM Abadi expects Islamic State's complete defeat in Iraq this year

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Iraq PM Abadi expects Islamic State's complete defeat in Iraq this year

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State will be completely defeated in Iraq this year, Iraqi state television quoted Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as saying on Tuesday. Islamic State’s cross-border “caliphate” effectively collapsed in July, when U.S.-backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, after a nine-month battle. The group’s last territory in Iraq is now a stretch skirting the western border with Syria following the fall of the town of Hawija and surrounding areas on Oct. 5 in an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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