Iraq announces start of operation to retake Fallujah

Iraqi security forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah on May 22, 2016Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday announced the start of a military operation to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. The fight to recapture the jihadist bastion, which has been out of government control for nearly two and a half years, will be one of the toughest in Iraq’s war against IS. “We are beginning the operation to liberate Fallujah,” Abadi said in a statement.

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