Script of the Speech of the President of the Republic on the 97th Anniversary of the Founding of the Iraqi Army

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H.E. Dr. Fuad Masum the President of the Republic, on Friday, January 5, 2018, addressed a greeting and congratulatory speech to the proud Iraqi people, officers and soldiers of our national army and our brave armed forces on the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the founding of the valiant Iraqi army.
The following is the full text:  
In the name of Allah the Merciful
Dear Proud Iraqi people,
Heroes of our army and our valiant armed forces,
On this sixth day of January, we recall with pride and honor the 97th anniversary of the establishment of our valiant Iraqi army, which along with all the formations of our heroic armed forces, has made one of the greatest national achievements in the contemporary history of our country and our people by achieving decisive victory on the terrorist organization of ISIS in a timeless heroic epic that raised the appreciation, admiration and solidarity of all the peoples of the world.
It is rare for a modern army to regain its self-confidence with such strength, speed and efficiency as our Iraqi army and all our armed forces did, as demonstrated by the firm and decisive response against ISIS’ terrorists and those who stood by them of the remnants of the defunct regime.
In mid-2014, many of those at home and abroad thought that our army would no longer be that wall protecting the homeland and the citizen against dangers, notably the threat of ISIS terrorist who came from all over the world.
But it is our army that has refuted this illusion by purging every inch of Iraq from the desecration of terrorism through a series of amazing victories which, through the high professional competence it demonstrated and its high combating morale, it restored not only its self-confidence but also the confidence of its people and the entire world as a guarantee for the protection of unity and sovereignty of Iraq and the dignity of all Iraqis.
And without a doubt, those victories would not have been achieved without the wrapping of all components and spectra of our people around all formations of our armed forces from the National Army, Army Aviation, the Counter-terrorism Service, the Air Force, the Federal Police, the Popular Mobilization, the Peshmerga forces, the security services and all branches supporting formations of the engineering, medical, media support, logistics and volunteers from the sons of tribes and civilians in the liberated areas, and all the citizens who contributed in any way to achieve this timeless victory.
The passing of this cherished occasion now calls upon us to stress on the importance of the cohesion between our armed forces and citizens, who have been a solid supporter of their armed forces in defending Iraq, its security and its freedom. We also reiterate the need to complete the construction and development of our armed forces, especially since the stability of our country at this difficult stage depends on them as the impregnable shield for the protection of the homeland and the gains of the democratic experiment. We emphasize the importance of moving ahead with the plans to build a strong Iraqi army with a military doctrine with a supreme aim to to serve the people, the public interest, protect sovereignty and support reconstruction, a professional solemn national defensive army that belongs to all Iraq and has no place for narrow loyalties and capable of protecting citizens without any discrimination, which also require to limit the weapons to the state and to deter any overrides on the authority of the state and the law.
On this timeless national occasion, I extend my warmest congratulations to all Iraqis, especially to the heroes of the army and the armed forces, and my thanks for the support of the international community and its backing up for our army and armed forces.
A tribute of homage and gratitude to the martyrs of our righteous people who have sacrificed lives for the freedom of their country and the liberation of their people and humanity from the scourge of terrorism. And a speedy recovery of our wounded heroes.
Each year, Iraq and its army and armed forces enjoy pride, prestige and power.
Peace, mercy and blessings of God.


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