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Iraq launches operation to retake Fallujah from IS

Published 22/05/2016

Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi went on TV to announce the military operation
Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi went on TV to announce the military operation

Iraq is beginning military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, the prime minister has announced.

In a televised address on Sunday night, Haider al-Abadi said Iraqi forces were "approaching a moment of great victory" against IS. Fallujah is about 40 miles west of Baghdad.

The announcement follows territorial gains elsewhere by Iraqi ground troops against IS, most recently the capture of the western town of Rutba, 240 miles west of Baghdad, on the edge of Anbar province.

IS still controls significant patches of Iraqi territory in the country's north and west, including the country's second largest city of Mosul.

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