Iraqi troops re-take con­trol of city

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A se­nior Iraqi com­man­der has de­clared the city of Fal­lu­jah “fully lib­er­ated” from ISIS mil­i­tants, af­ter a more than month-long mil­i­tary oper­a­tion.

Iraqi troops have en­tered the north­west­ern Al Ju­lan neigh­bour­hood, the last area of Fal­lu­jah to re­main un­der ISIS con­trol, the head of the coun­tert­er­ror­ism forces in the oper­a­tion, Lt. Gen. Ab­dul-Wa­hab Al Saadi, said yes­ter­day.

Al Saadi said the oper­a­tion, which be­gan in late May, “is done and the city is fully lib­er­ated.”

The Iraqi army was backed by US-led coali­tion airstrikes and para­mil­i­tary troops, mostly Shia mili­tias.

“From the cen­tre of Al Ju­lan neigh­bour­hood, we con­grat­u­late the Iraqi peo­ple and the com­man­der in chief... and de­clare that the Fal­lu­jah fight is over,” he told Iraqi state TV, flanked by mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and sol­diers. Some of the sol- diers were shoot­ing in the air, chant­ing and wav­ing the Iraqi flag.

He added that troops will start work­ing on re­mov­ing bombs from the city’s streets and build­ings.

The an­nounce­ment comes more than a week af­ter Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider Al Abadi de­clared vic­tory in Fal­lu­jah af­ter Iraqi forces ad­vanced into the city cen­tre and took con­trol of a gov­ern­ment com­plex.

Ac­cord­ing to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 85,000 peo­ple have fled Fal­lu­jah and the sur­round­ing area since the of­fen­sive be­gan. Like other aid agen­cies, the UNHCR warned of the dire con­di­tions in the camps, where tem­per­a­tures are well over 40C and shel­ter is limited, call­ing for more funds to meet the mount­ing needs.

Fal­lu­jah has been un­der the con­trol of ISIS mil­i­tants since Jan­uary 2014.

VIC­TORY: Iraqi troops in Fal­lu­jah

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