The vice president of Iraq is calling out the United States for creating a terrorist group, and then claiming victory over it, as U.S. officials brag about gains in Mosul, Iraq, over the Islamic State.
Nouri al-Maliki said in an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency, that he believes the Iraqi people should be the ones receiving credit for defeating ISIS, not the United States.
"Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people's militia, Iraqi air force," al-Maliki said, noting that he "regrets and denies [Americans] claiming the victory [in Mosul] is their achievement… In reality, this is the victory of the Iraqi army."
The U.S. declared victory over ISIS in Mosul on July 10. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the anti-ISIS Operation Inherent Resolve, released a statement calling the achievement a "decisive blow" against the group.
"Make no mistake; this victory alone does not eliminate ISIS and there is still a tough fight ahead," Townsend said. "But the loss of one of its twin capitals and a jewel of their so-called caliphate is a decisive blow."
President Trump applauded the achievement in an official statement, calling it a "victory over terrorists who are the enemies of all civilized people."