US looks to Mosul after Fallujah fall
In an official statement issued by Kawar on the em- WASHINGTON—The Pentagon on Tuesday welcomed the recapture of the Iraqi city of Fallujah from ISIS, but warned of widespread booby traps and pockets of remaining extremist resistance.
Iraqi forces seized ISIS’s last positions in Fallujah on Sunday, establishing full control over one of the extremists’ most emblematic bastions after a month-long operation.
“The United States military and our coalition partners are proud to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces under the prime minister’s command in this important operation,” Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said in a statement congratulating Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Iraqi forces will likely continue to meet pockets of resistance and have much dangerous work ahead as they clear homemade bombs - known as IEDs - from the city, officials cautioned.
“Not just vehicle-borne IEDs but these house-borne