Troops in Iraq freed freed almost the entire city of Fallujah, located just outside Baghdad in Anbar province, from militants of the banned in Russia and several countries of the terrorist group “Islamic state”. This was stated by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi live on Iraqi state television, according to Al-Jazeera.
“We promised you the liberation of Fallujah, and we returned it. Our security forces control the whole town, except for small areas that must be liberated [from the Islamists] within the next few hours,” said al-Abadi.
“Fallujah is back people, and the next fight will be for Masul. ISIS will be defeated,” he wrote in his Twitter.
On the morning of June 17 Reuters citing state television of Iraq said that the country’s army recaptured from the is militants, the administration of Fallujah. As stated by the Iraqi military on its building and raised the flag of the country, but the militants still control other parts of the city, and fighting continues.
Iraqi authorities announced the beginning of the operation to free Fallujah from ISIS on may 23. The day before the country’s army has addressed to inhabitants with the request to leave the city. May 30, Iraqi forces stormed Fallujah.
The Iraqi province of Anbar, where Fallujah was occupied by militants of the “Islamic state” in 2014. Last year, the Iraqi army recaptured from the rebels several towns in the region, including the administrative centre of the province – Ramadi, and the city is Hot.
At the end of March this year the Iraqi army launched an offensive in Mosul, the second largest city in the country after its capital Baghdad seized by militants in summer 2014. Previously, in early March, the special envoy of the President of the United States in the international coalition fight against ISIS Brett Machel reported that Iraqi troops had cut the road that links Mosul with Rakka, which is considered a stronghold of ISIS.