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2017 in Retrospect > Top 10 World News Stories
Victory Over ISIS
 NO. 52 DECEMBER 28, 2017

 Iraqi people gather to celebrate the defeat of the extremist group "Islamic State" on December 10 in Baghdad (XINHUA)

Since the beginning of 2017, the influence of extremist group "Islamic State" (ISIS) began to decline in the Middle East. The Syrian and Iraqi military regained control of major cities captured by ISIS, such as Palmyra, Mosul and Raqqah. On November 21, both Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared ISIS had been defeated from a military perspective. On December 7, the Russian Government announced that all Syrian cities had been liberated from ISIS extremist forces, and the Russian military, having completed its anti-terrorist mission, would withdraw from Syria. Two days later, the Iraqi military also declared that it had liberated all its territories that had been controlled by ISIS.

However, the victory over ISIS in Syria and Iraq doesn't mean the complete collapse of this radical group, because the breeding ground for likewise extremist activities has not been eradicated. Some of the ISIS remnants are allegedly plotting attacks around the world, forming threats to global security. It takes concerted efforts and concrete plans from the international community to protect the people from potential attacks.

Copyedited by Francisco Little

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