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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day 2024 and 2025 in Iraq

In Iraq, 6 January is Armed Forces Day, which looks back to the establishment of the Iraqi Armed Forces on this day back in 1921. 

20246 JanSatArmed Forces Day
20256 JanMonArmed Forces Day
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Even though Iraq’s army was disestablished after the Second Gulf War in 2003, it was soon rebuilt with help from U.S. forces. The date of Armed Forces Day is still based on the original founding date.

After 2009, Iraq’s army was tasked with securing internal security rather than just defending against foreign aggression. This was due to the increased terrorist activity and the frequent uprisings, which civilian police alone could not handle.

The Armed Forces of Iraq consist of an Army, Navy, and Air Force. The naval forces guard offshore oil drilling operations and import and export routes. The air force is not very advanced and mainly works to support and supply the army, which constitutes the great bulk of the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces Day is a time to honour those who have served and who are currently serving in the national armed forces.

Previous Years

20236 JanFriArmed Forces Day
20226 JanThuArmed Forces Day
20216 JanWedArmed Forces Day
20206 JanMonArmed Forces Day
20196 JanSunArmed Forces Day
20186 JanSatArmed Forces Day
20176 JanFriArmed Forces Day