Iraqi forces say they have secured southern edge of Fallujah

Iraqi forces say they have secured southern edge of Fallujah, two weeks after the launch of an operation to recapture the city.

Lt. Gen. Abdel Wahab al-Saadi says his forces secured the largely agricultural southern neighborhood of Naymiyah, under cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, and are poised to enter the main city.

The slow-moving operation was announced in May. On Monday, Iraq’s elite special forces began pushing into the city center, but they have faced stiff resistance as Fallujah has been under Daesh control for more than two years, and the militants have been able to erect complex defenses.

Shi'ite fighters and Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq, May 29, 2016. [photo by Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani]
Shi’ite fighters and Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq, May 29, 2016. [photo by Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani]

Source: Associated Press

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