Iraq: Isis “collapsing” under heavy army offensive

IRAQI forces liberated two more villages south of the Isis-occupied city of Mosul yesterday as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the death cult was collapsing.

Several hundred troops and federal police drove the extremists from Shayala Abali and Shayala Ayma villages.

In an interview Mr Abadi said: “We have seen the whole organisation collapsing in terms of standing in the face of our own armed forces.

“The success of liberating a huge area indicates that [Isis] does not have the guts now or the motivation to fight as they were doing before.”

The PM said he had spoken with US president-elect Donald Trump, who had pledged more military support than his predecessor.

He dismissed Mr Trump’s campaign rhetoric that he would demand Iraqi oil in payment for that aid, saying: “I am not going to judge the man by his election statements, I am going to judge him by what he does later.”



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