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Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Islamic State

Iraq on Monday celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks to hang on to its last enclave in Syria near the Iraqi border.

 

The government declared victory last December after a grueling three-year war in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds
of thousands displaced. Entire towns and neighborhoods were reduced to rubble in the fighting.

 

The government declared Monday a national holiday, and a moment of silence is planned for later in the day. Checkpoints in the capital were decorated with Iraqi flags and balloons, as security forces patrolled the streets playing patriotic music.

 


פרסום ראשון: 12.10.18, 16:15