Anniversary Of Victory Over ISIS

December 10th is observed in Iraq as the Anniversary of Victory Over ISIS. Also known as Victory Day, this holiday commemorates the country’s victory over the self-proclaimed Islamic State on this date in 2017. This occurred after a brutal liberation effort that resulted in Iraqi troops having to battle fierce resistance in every single town and city that was seized by ISIS.

Nowadays, this day is celebrated as a national holiday. It’s a day off for the general population, and many government offices, schools, and businesses are closed for the day. It’s also a day that’s heavily covered by state television across the country.

The History of the Anniversary of Victory Over ISIS

ISIS launched an offensive in Iraq in 2014. As a result of their efforts, they were able to seize about a third of Iraqi territory and even managed to capture Mosul, the country’s second-largest city. Iraq would launch a counter-offensive to take back control of the country, but they met with fierce resistance. In every village, town, and city, they faced stiff opposition from ISIS fighters.

Getting support from not only the U.S. but also Canada and other European allies, Iraqi forces were able to retake control of their country. On December 9th, 2017, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared his country’s victory over ISIS. December 10th was then declared as a national holiday—a holiday that was to be observed every year from that point on.

Observing the Anniversary of Victory Over ISIS

This holiday is a non-working day for most people and is observed with many parades, political speeches, and other events. Extensive coverage of this holiday is broadcast on state television, allowing everyone to take part in the patriotic celebratory songs that praise the military and the Iraqi government.

Where is it celebrated?
Iraq (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
December 10 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
December 10 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
December 10 Sunday