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Egypt, Iraq Underline Counter-Terrorism Cooperation

Egypt, Iraq Underline Counter-Terrorism Cooperation

Saturday, 23 March, 2019 - 18:00
Iraqi PM Adel Abdul Mahdi meets Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. (AFP)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi highlighted from Cairo on Saturday the importance of combating terrorism.

Abdul Mahdi stressed "the importance of drying up the sources of terrorism" and said "cooperation between Egypt and Iraq will be essential for this matter," according to an official statement, according to Reuters.

This marked the Iraqi official’s first trip abroad since taking office in October.

His comments came as US-backed forces said they had captured ISIS’ last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz, ending its territorial rule over a self-proclaimed “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq after years of fighting.

Though the defeat ends the group's grip over the area it remains a threat.

Some ISIS fighters still hold out in Syria's remote central desert and in Iraqi cities they have slipped into the shadows, staging sudden shootings or kidnappings and awaiting a chance to rise again.

The United States thinks the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is in Iraq.

Defeating militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and restoring security after years of unrest has been a key promise of Sisi. Egypt has fought an insurgency waged by an ISIS affiliate in North Sinai since 2013.

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