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Iraq will probe abuses in Fallujah op: spokesman

Iraqi government forces advance towards the centre of Saqlawiyah, north west of Fallujah, during an operation to regain control of the area from the Islamic State (IS) group, on June 4, 2016The Iraqi government will investigate allegations of abuses by the security forces in the course of the operation to retake the jihadist-held city of Fallujah, a spokesman said on Sunday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the creation of a human rights committee to examine “any violation to the instructions on the protection of civilians”, Saad al-Hadithi said in a televised briefing. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most revered Shiite cleric in Iraq, has issued guidelines intended as a form of code of conduct for forces fighting the Islamic State group and aimed at curbing abuses.

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