US Commander: Iraq Must Prevent The Emergence Of A New Version Of Daesh Organization

BAGHDAD- A senior US military officer in Iraq has warned that the war against Daesh organization has not yet ended despite the "historic" victory in Mosul.

"Daesh fighters still in Iraq, and the government should reach out to Iraq's Sunni the Iraqi to stop IS from renewing itself again," Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said in an interview with the BBC.

Townsend pointed out that "the Iraqi government is going to have to do something pretty significantly different." added "They're going to have to reach out and reconcile with the Sunni population, and make them feel like their government in Baghdad represents them."

On Monday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the official victory against Daesh organization in Mosul.

"Fighting inside the city has been the worst since World War II," said leaders of the US-led coalition, which provided air and ground support to Iraqi forces.

US President Donald Trump congratulated his Iraqi counterpart on the Iraqi army retaking the city of Mosul, saying that "Mosul has been freed from its long nightmare under the rule of Daesh."

The US-led coalition said that while Iraqi forces had to comb the old city from explosives and members of Daesh organization, Iraqi security forces control Mosul.

Daesh organization controlled Mosul in June in 2014, announcing the so-called "Islamic Caliphate", which includes land in both Iraq and Syria.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency