26 Jun '16, 11am

Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from Islamic State

Related US-led coalition says only ⅓ of Fallujah cleared of Islamic State Islamic State militants push back in Syria, Iraq and Libya Iraqi forces drive deeper into Fallujah BAGHDAD — A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under Islamic State control, the head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told The Associated Press. Al-Saadi said the operation, which began in late May, "is done and the city is fully liberated." The Iraqi army was backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and paramilitary troops, mostly Shiite militias. "From the center of al-Julan neighborhood, we congratulate the Iraqi peopl...

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