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The terror organization ‘Islamic State’ (IS) has suffered serious losses in Syria, and even more in Iraq. It can no longer count on public support. Yet, it still has a few aces up its sleeve.
Fallujah hopes to follow in Tikrit’s footsteps as the latter rebuilds. Both cities suffered under “Islamic State” (IS) rule and the revenge of Shiite militias who liberated them. Judit Neurink reports from Tikrit.
The announcement comes after Iraqi forces defeated the remaining strongholds of Islamic State
Iraqi troops have cleared out the last pocket of “Islamic State” (IS) resistance and ended the battle in Fallujah, a general said. The news comes over a week after Baghdad declared victory in the war-ravaged city
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that Iraqi forces have retaken the center of the city of Fallujah from fighters with the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS). They hope now to be able to regain control of Mosul.
The Iraqi army began a military operation on 23 May that aims to reclaim the city from Islamic State control
The “Islamic State” miliant group has “shot and killed” civilains fleeing Fallujah, said the Norwegian Refugee Council. Around 50,000 civilians are trapped in the city center, according to Iraqi officials.
The United Nations refugee agency says IS has placed residents in harm’s way to try to prevent attacks on their fighters.
Civilians in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, have been told to flee their homes ahead of a planned assault on the “Islamic State” (IS) stronghold. Fallujah and Mosul are the last major Iraqi cities to be held by jihadis.
At least nine car bombs went off throughout the morning, when the city is typically gridlocked.
AFP – Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing near the Anbar provincial council headquarters, killed seven soldiers and police on Tuesday, officials said. In Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near the provincial council headquarters, killing three soldiers and wounding at least four. Anti-government fighters have occupied …
The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants in the western Anbar province, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a powerful jihadist group that has exploited the chaos in neighbouring Syria.
Gunmen seized Fallujah and parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi last week, the first time militants have exercised such open control in major cities since the insurgency that followed the 2003 US-led invasion.