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UN official said, there had been about 90,000 people in Fallujah, and between 42,000 and 43,000 have now fled including about 4,000 on Sunday and 3,300 on Monday.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told the Soviet Union that nonaligned India “will be with you in the quest for peace”.
The Islamic State released a video this week claiming to have blown up the 2,800-year-old Nabu temple in Iraq, devoted to the Babylonian god of wisdom.
IS has held control over Fallujah for over two years and it holds symbolic significance for the millitant outfit
Harjeet Masih, who escaped, believes that the terror group killed them all.
The drive to recapture the first city to be lost from government control in 2014 came as fighting also raged in neighbouring Syria, leaving huge numbers of civilians exposed.
Iraqi forces have in recent days been massing around Fallujah, a city just 50 kilometres west of Baghdad and which has been out of government control since January 2014.
The attack on the gas plant started at dawn with a suicide car bomber hitting the facility’s main gate in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad.
He is the third American killed in direct combat since a US-led coalition launched a campaign against the jihadist group in 2014.
The group said in an online statement distributed by supporters that a suicide bomber had targeted pilgrims in the Dora neighbourhood adjacent to Saydiya.
“The hospitals have received 33 dead,” a senior official in the Muthanna health department, which covers Samawa, told AFP.
IS claimed the attack and said it was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated a vehicle laden with three tonnes of explosives.
Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) sent the Al-Jazeera Media Network a letter informing it of a March 24 decision to withdraw the bureau’s licence and close its office for one year.
The US President’s instructions to his national security team have been to reinforce the successful elements of US campaign