Iraqi Counterterrosim Forces Entered Southern Outskirts of Fallujah


Time: 10:00 p.m. CEST

The Iraqi military announced on Wednesday it had entered the city limits of Fallujah for the first time after the beginning of the offensive to retake the Islamic State group controlled city two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The offensive for regaining of the control over Fallujah, which started on May 22, considers the safety of an estimated 50.000 civilians inside the city, which Sunni Muslim extremist group control since early 2014.

As WSJ reports, the counterterrorism force overrun “a militant-controlled area on Fallujah’s southern outskirts.” The move to capture the outlying area went quickly and forced Islamic State fighters to retreat into the heart of the city, the spokesman, Sabah al-Noman, told state television, WSJ reports.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talked with commanders near Fallujah and gave an instructions to “protect civilians,” Iraqi state television said. WSJ reports, with government forces around Fallujah, “civilians are desperately trying to flee the city,” using inner tubes and makeshift rafts to ford the Euphrates river.”

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