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Fallujah liberation 'days' away: commander

Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units hold an Islamic State group flag upside down in the village of al-Azraqiyah as they advance northwest of FallujahThe commander of Iraq’s operation to retake Fallujah from the Islamic State group said Tuesday victory was days away, but progress had been slowed by huge numbers of bombs and traps. “The security forces are advancing towards central Fallujah from the southern side but doing so cautiously, to preserve civilian lives,” Lieutenant-General Abdelwahab al-Saadi told AFP. “In the coming days, we will declare the liberation of Fallujah,” said Saadi, overall commander of the operation launched on May 22-23 to retake the jihadist bastion west of Baghdad.

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