ICC Note: The crisis that ISIS has brought into Iraq and Syria has disturbed the peace of many innocents. Christians and many others have been displaced from their homes and brutally murdered. Fortunately, Iraq has been gaining control of its territories little by little, making any small victory very meaningful to those that have lost so much.
12/11/2017 Iraq (Christian Today) – An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling ‘victory day’ in Arabic.
Abadi, who is also commander-in-chief of the armed forces, listened solemnly to Quranic verses from a chapter titled al-Nasr, meaning victory.
Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under Islamic State control along the border with Syria on Saturday and secured the western desert, marking the end of the war against the militants three years after they had captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
The forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria now expect a new phase of guerrilla warfare