Iraq’s prime minister says Nineveh province has been “fully liberated” from so-called Islamic State, after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured.
Haider al-Abadi’s announcement followed the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled to from Tal Afar.
It leaves IS in control of just a few urban areas and some barren desert in central and western Iraq.
The group has suffered a string of territorial losses in recent months.
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