BRITAIN will “finish the job” in Iraq by hauling down the black flag of ISIS and crushing the terror group, the Defence Secretary said today.
Michael Fallon marked the third anniversary of our campaign against Islamic State, revealing RAF planes have carried out 1,600 bombing raids on the jihadists.
He also promised that our military will press on alongside US and Iraqi troops to eliminate ISIS altogether.
It was in September 2014 that David Cameron agreed to send troops to the Middle East at the request of Iraq’s government.
There are now 600 British servicement in Iraq, training local troops as well as carrying out bombing missions over ISIS-held territory.
Writing for Conservative Home today, Sir Michael said: “Three years ago, Daesh was an hour from the gates of Baghdad.
“Today, the terrorists are being defeated. Their black flags have been torn down. They have been pushed out of three quarters of the territory they once held in Iraq.
“More than 2.7million Iraqis have been freed from Daesh’s murderous rule.”
He linked the campaign against ISIS in Iraq to the wave of jihadist terror attacks which has hit Britain this year.
Sir Michael said: “Daesh is losing and now we must finish the job. The attacks Daesh inspired in Manchester and London remind us of the danger they pose.”
He added: “There remains much to do and we will stay the course.
“As Global Britain, we will continue fronting up to danger, supporting fragile democracies, and protecting our people and our values.”
ISIS now holds just a few pockets of land in Iraq, after being driven out of its Mosul stronghold by the allied troops.
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And the terror group is also losing its group on Syria, with its territory reduced by repeated air strikes and ground clashes.
But experts have warned that jihadists could step up their attacks in the West in reaction to their defeats in the Middle East.