The war on al-Qaeda and its affiliates will be long, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said during his weekly address on Wednesday, vowing that it will only end in “victory.”

“The Iraqi army and tribesmen are defending the Iraqi people and their holly places, mosques, churches and honor when battling terrorism,” Maliki said, adding “that the war [against terrorism] will be long and will continue.”

He said that the “battle will end in victory,” describing those battling al-Qaeda-linked group as “martyrs.”