US looks to Mo­sul af­ter Fal­lu­jah fall

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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