A spokesman for the Iraqi military’s Joint Operations Command said that since the country declared ISIS defeated in December pockets of the terror group have remained active in the country.
“We have accomplished a very difficult mission. Our heroes have reached the final strongholds of Daesh and purified it. The Iraqi flag flies high today over all Iraqi lands,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a Dec. 9 televised address, using the pejorative Arabic acronym for ISIS.
Iraqi JOC spokesman Yahia Rasoul said today that “the war against terrorism in Iraq is not over yet.”
“The group’s sleeper cells are still existent at some regions, and could cause some unrest during the coming period,” he said.
Rasoul said that Iraqi forces are confident ISIS “would not be able to take over any territory, but rather depends on terrorist attacks at various parts of the country, especially at mountain areas where it hides and launches its attacks.”
Read more at Iraqi News.