Victory Day in Iraq in 2020

Victory Day in Iraq in 2020

  Dates of Victory Day in Iraq
2022 Iraq Sat, Dec 10 National Holiday
2021 Iraq Fri, Dec 10 National Holiday
2020 Iraq Thu, Dec 10 National Holiday
2019 Iraq Tue, Dec 10 National Holiday
2018 Iraq Mon, Dec 10 National Holiday
This public holiday is to celebrate the defeat of ISIS in December 2017
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When is Iraqi Victory Day?

Victory day is a public holiday in Iraq, observed on 10th December.

It commemorates Iraq's victory over the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in December 2017.

History of Iraqi Victory Day

In 2014, ISIS launched an offensive in Iraq taking control of about a third of Iraqi territory including the second-biggest city, Mosul.

The war to reclaim the territory was long and brutal with liberation efforts in each town and city met with fierce resistance.

Military support to Iraqi forces from the US, Canada and other European allies was also bolstered by Russian logistical and military aid.

On 9 December 2017, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over ISIS after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country.

Abadi declared December 10th as a national holiday to be celebrated every year to mark the victory.

Following the defeat, ISIS have switched to an insurgency campaign in Iraq using guerrilla tactics

Victory Day is marked by a military parade and state television airing celebratory songs praising government forces.

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