Published on 30 May 2016
Iraqi special and counter-terrorism forces have entered the Daesh-held city of Fallujah in Anbar province as part of a major offensive to flush out the terrorists.
This is the third phase of the massive operation, which began in the early hours of Monday, and marks the start of an urban combat against the terror group. Iraqi commanders say their forces are marching from three directions on the city which lies some 50 kilometers west of Baghdad. The assault follows week-long attacks that saw the recapture of surrounding villages. Rights groups, meanwhile, say some three-thousand people have managed to escape the city. Fallujah fell to Daesh in the summer of 2014. About 50000 people are believed to be trapped in the city proper.