30 May '16, 9am

bombings in Baghdad kill 20+ as Iraqi forces begin push into Fallujah via @AP

bombings in Baghdad kill 20+ as Iraqi forces begin push into Fallujah via @AP

Iraqi security forces, with allied Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces and Sunni tribal fighters, gather ahead of an operation aimed at re-taking the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, outside Fallujah, Iraq, Sunday, May 29, 2016. Iraqi officials say a suicide car bombing Monday morning has targeted an army checkpoint in Baghdad, killing at least eight people. Khalid Mohammed/AP BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces started pushing into the city of Fallujah on Monday as a wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in Baghdad and near the Iraqi capital killed at least 24 people. The advance is part of an offensive to rout militants from Fallujah and recapture the city west of Baghdad, which has been held by the Islamic State for over two years. The offensive on Fallujah, backed by paramilitary troops and aerial support from the U.S.-led coalition, was first launched about a week...

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