The Iraqi government, backed by a USA -led worldwide coalition, launched a campaign against the IS group after the extremists seized about one-third of the country in the summer of 2014.
Some three million Iraqis remain displaced by the war, and municipal services have yet to be restored in many liberated areas.
Iraq has "completely liberated" all of its territory that was under the control of Islamic State extremists, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday.
"Much work remains, and we will continue to work by, with and through our Iraqi partners to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh and prevent its ability to threaten civilization, regionally and globally", said Army Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
Islamic State's Syrian capital Raqqa also fell to a US -backed Kurdish-led coalition in September.
The forces fighting Islamic State in both countries say they now expect a new phase of guerrilla warfare, typical to the group.
"Daesh's dream is over and we must erase all its effect and not allow terrorism to return".
The war has had a devastating impact on the areas previously controlled by the militants.
The United Nations estimates that some 3.2 million people remain displaced from areas that were under ISIL's control. However, al-Abadi has failed to mention the Kurdish Peshmerga in his victory speech, which aroused swift condemnation from Kurdistan, according to the Rudaw Media Network report. He urged his followers to keep up the fight despite setbacks.
Hisham al-Hashemi, an expert on jihadist groups, warned that IS still posed a threat by retaining arms caches in uninhabited desert zones.
The militants took thousands of women from the Yazidi minority, which lives in a mountain west of Mosul, as sex slaves and killed the men.
The ministry also wryly noted that over the course of more than three years of activity by the USA -led coalition, it only recently had managed to deliver its first blows against the Islamic State group in Syria in the form of the "mass bombing of Raqqa and its civilians".
Islamic State is believed to still have sleeper cells in some parts of Iraq.
"Weapons should only be in the state's hands. The unity of Iraq and its people is the most important and greatest accomplishment", he said.
The original Facebook post by Keaton's mother had been shared over 347,000 times with more than 17 million views as of 3 p.m. So far, Knox County Public Schools have said that there is no Keaton Jones who is "currently enrolled" in the school system.
However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has granted permission to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother to meet him on December 25.
In current and recent users of any type of hormonal contraception, the risk of breast cancer was 20 per cent increased. For women in their 20s or 30s, five years of contraception use is credited with lower rates of ovarian cancer .
Security forces cut off all roads leading to the embassy in northern Beirut to prevent protesters from reaching the mission. Israel occupied southern Lebanon for 22 years before withdrawing in 2000, but the two countries remain technically at war.
Rose seems to be in better spirits now, but if his ankle doesn't respond to just rehab, I wonder how he'd handle surgery. I'm appreciative, I'm grateful to be on this team and like I said, just trying to take it one day at a time.
Those numbers were inflated by his performance at hitter-friendly Coors Field, where he had a 6.01 ERA in 17 games. He projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter for the Cubs , who lost Jake Arietta and John Lackey to free agency.
Monday night again will be very cold with lowest air temperatures zero to minus 4 degrees bringing icy patches in places. Met Eireann says: "Significant falls of snow are expected Saturday night and into Sunday".
The Turkish presidential source said Erdogan and Macron agreed during a phone call that Trump's move was worrying for the region. In addition, he condemned the Israeli police for using "disproportionate" force against Palestinian protesters in the past days.
Packers stun winless Browns
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If a Bitcoin-based transaction was prolonged, the value of the coins being transferred could change "significantly", it said. The company adds that it may re-evaluate if accepting the cryptocurrency makes sense at a later date.