> Iraq's prime minister celebrating on Saturday, saying Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State out of the country. Haider al-Abadi saying troops had purged the remaining members of the militant group, three years after they had captured a third of Iraq's territory. Al-Abadi saying forces had recaptured the last areas still under IS control along the border with Syria.
Mosul, the group's de facto capital in Iraq, fell in July after a grueling nine-month campaign backed by a US-led coalition that saw much of the northern Iraqi city destroyed. And then last month, Iraqi Forces captured Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, near that border. Islamic State 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.