Iraqi forces push deeper into Islamic State-held Fallujah

IS has held control over Fallujah for over two years and it holds symbolic significance for the millitant outfit

By: AP | Naymiyah | Published: June 8, 2016 2:39:15 pm
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Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces say that they have been deeper into Islamic State-held Fallujah, more than two weeks after the operation to retake the city from the militant group started.

Maj Gen Hadi Zayid Kassar, the deputy commander of the operation with the counterterrorism forces, says that after securing the southern edge of the city on Sunday, Iraqi special forces pushed into the neighborhood of Shuhada on Wednesday morning.

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IS has controlled Fallujah, which is located about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Baghdad, for more than two years.

The operation to retake the city is expected to be one of the most difficult yet. Fallujah is symbolically important to the militant group and has long been a bastion of support for anti-government militants since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

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