Iraq Prime Minister says terrorism in country defeated

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday that the government has defeated terrorism in the country, a sign of growing confidence after recent crackdowns against Sunni extremists and Shiite militias.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched the crackdowns to extend the authority of the government over areas in Baghdad and elsewhere that have largely been under the control of armed groups since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

“They were intending to besiege Baghdad and control it,” al-Maliki said. “But thanks to the will of the tribes, security forces, army and all Iraqis, we defeated them.”

He was speaking at ceremonies marking the fifth anniversary of the 2003 assassination of Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, a leading opponent of Saddam Hussein killed in a truck bombing in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf after returning from exile in Iran.

Bolstered by this confidence, the prime minister plans to visit the United Arab Emirates today, and also Italy and Germany later in the month.

Sources: Sun Sentinel,Deseret News, YNET NEWS

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to “Iraq Prime Minister says terrorism in country defeated”

  1. Iraqi says terrorism in country defeated « Terror News Briefs Says:

    […] Source […]

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: