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Iraq marks Daesh defeat with military parade

The heavily-fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has hosted a military parade in celebration of the country’s ultimate defeat of the Takfiri terror group of Daesh.

According to reports, the parade took place on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over the terrorists.

The Sunday parade was not broadcast live and only state media was allowed to attend, but several squadrons of Iraqi helicopters flew over Baghdad a day earlier in rehearsal.

Also on Sunday, fighter jets were flown over the capital in another celebratory gesture.

On Thursday, the Russian military announced Daesh’s defeat in neighboring Syria. The group invaded the Arab country in the same year as it began its campaign against Iraq.

Iranian advisory support likewise helped Damascus reverse Daesh’s gains in Syria, where Russian aerial backup also played a pivotal role in pushing the terrorists back.