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Iraq’s Fallujah fully cleared of Islamic State

Elite Iraqi forces on Sunday retake the Islamic State group’s last bastion in Fallujah, securing full control of the city after a month-long operation, a spokesman says.

“Today the commander of Fallujah operations Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi announced that the city of Fallujah had been cleared after counter-terrorism forces (CTS) took control of the Jolan neighbourhood,” the force’s spokesman, Sabah al-Noman, tells AFP.

“Jolan was Daesh’s last stronghold in the city and Fallujah is now free of the threat posed by Daesh terrorists,” he says, using an Arab acronym for IS.

“It did not take more than two hours for CTS to retake Jolan. Daesh did not fire a single bullet,” Noman says. “This proves that Daesh was defeated even before our forces got there.”

AFP

Iraqi security forces enter central Fallujah after fight against Islamic State fighters, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo)
Iraqi security forces enter central Fallujah after fight against Islamic State fighters, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo)

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