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Daesh’s ‘days are numbered’ as occupying force, says Prime Minister

Theresa May has said Daesh’s “days are numbered” as an occupying force as she assured Gulf leaders a post-Brexit Britain would not abandon the Middle East.

Attending a summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council in Bahrain, the Prime Minister also announced a new bid to tackle people trafficking, modern slavery, and online exploitation of children.

Mrs May told Gulf leaders the UK was taking “a leap forwards” with Brexit as a “passionate” advocate for free trade.

“Today, UK servicemen and women are putting their lives on the line at the heart of the international mission against Daesh in Iraq and Syria,” the Prime Minster said.

“We are making progress. And as we are seeing with the current operations in Mosul, the days of Daesh as an occupying force are numbered.”

The Prime Minister used the address to strongly back the Iran nuclear deal after intense criticism of the agreement by US President-elect Donald Trump.

On the final day of her trip to Bahrain, Mrs May told Gulf leaders: “We secured a deal which has neutralised the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons for over a decade.

“It has already seen Iran remove 13,000 centrifuges together with associated infrastructure and eliminate its stock of 20 per cent enriched uranium.

“That was vitally important for regional security.”

Picture: Prime Minister Theresa May. (Stefan Wermuth/PA).