Iraqis pose for a photo as they visit grave of a relative killed in the combat against Daesh at the Wadi al-Salam cemetary in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday on September 1, 2017. / AFP / Haidar HAMDANI
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The Valley of Peace cemetery in the Shiite holy city of Najaf is filled with mourners paying tribute to "martyrs" who have fallen in battles to expel Daesh (ISIS) from Iraq's cities.Like tens of thousands of other Iraqis, Aibi's son signed up after a call from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's highest Shiite religious authority, to take up arms and reverse the lightning 2014 advance of Daesh in north and west Iraq.In the fourth year of war against Daesh, Iraq has announced a string of victories, most importantly the recapture of the country's second-largest city, Mosul, and the expulsion of Daesh this week from the town of Tal Afar.
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