“Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State in Fallujah”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State in Fallujah after a day of rapid advances as security forces pushed deep into the city center, dislodging the militants who have controlled it for nearly 2½ years. In a televised address, Abadi said that some “pockets” of resistance remained in the city, about 45 miles west of Baghdad, but that it was largely under the control of security forces. Earlier in the day, Iraqi forces raised the country’s flag over the local council building, while commanders reported that they had retaken a string of neighborhoods as the militants abandoned their positions. The Islamic State has been “broken” in the city, said Col. Abdelrahman al-Khazali, a police spokesman”.

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