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Iraq: Footage captures army advancing on IS positions in Fallujah02:14

Iraq: Footage captures army advancing on IS positions in Fallujah

Iraq, Near Fallujah
May 30, 2016 at 17:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage from the outskirts of Fallujah on Monday, captured Iraqi armed forces attempting to advance into the city, which was captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in 2014.

The military forces of the Iraqi government initially launched their operation to retake the IS-held city of Fallujah on May 23, following an announcement by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. An assault on the city itself was reportedly launched early on Monday.

Fallujah was one of the first Iraqi cities to be taken by IS in January 2014. Up to 75,000 civilians were at one point trapped inside the city, with 50,000 thought to have remained there.

Iraqi security forces issued calls for civilians in Fallujah to flee on May 22, but many locals say they have been unable to escape.

Iraq: Footage captures army advancing on IS positions in Fallujah02:14
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Footage from the outskirts of Fallujah on Monday, captured Iraqi armed forces attempting to advance into the city, which was captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in 2014.

The military forces of the Iraqi government initially launched their operation to retake the IS-held city of Fallujah on May 23, following an announcement by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. An assault on the city itself was reportedly launched early on Monday.

Fallujah was one of the first Iraqi cities to be taken by IS in January 2014. Up to 75,000 civilians were at one point trapped inside the city, with 50,000 thought to have remained there.

Iraqi security forces issued calls for civilians in Fallujah to flee on May 22, but many locals say they have been unable to escape.