Iraqi Prime Minister Raises National Flag in Liberated Fallujah – Reports

A soldier from Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces looks from the gun turret of a Humvee as troops gather on the edge of the Shuhada neighborhood in Islamic State-held Fallujah, Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Raises National Flag in Liberated Fallujah – Reports

 

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi raised the national flag next to the hospital in the liberated from the Daesh terrorists Fallujah, according to local media.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi has raised the country’s flag in the center of Fallujah, which was recently liberated from Islamic States (ISIL or Daesh) militants, local media said Sunday.Earlier on Sunday, Abdul-Wahad Saadi, the Iraqi army commander heading the counter-terrorism operation in the city, said that Iraq’s armed forces had “fully liberated” Fallujah.

Abadi, who is also the commander in chief of the armed forces, raised the Iraqi flag next to the city hospital while surrounded by dozens of security personnel, the Al Sumaria television channel reported.

The prime minister called on Iraqi people to celebrate the victory and vowed to raise the country’s flag in Mosul, which is still overrun by Daesh militants.

Fallujah, located some 42 miles west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, is one of the largest cities in the Anbar province. The Daesh, outlawed in many countries including Russia, has been in control of the city since 2014.The Iraqi Army and Shiite militias, backed by US airstrikes, launched the offensive to retake Fallujah on May 22.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared Fallujah liberated from the Daesh, as the government forces gained control of the city center. However, media reported that fighting continued in the city. The United Nations earlier voiced concern over the humanitarian situation in the city, with tens of thousands of residents having fled the fighting.

Iraqi Army Claims Fallujah Fully Liberated From Daesh Occupation

In this Tuesday, June 14, 2016 photo, smoke rises after an airstrike by a US-led coalition warplane as Iraqi security forces advance their position during heavy fighting against Islamic State militants in Fallujah, Iraq

 

Commander leading Iraqi operation against Daesh in Fallujah declares the city “fully liberated,” according to AP.

The operation “is done and the city is fully liberated,” Abdul-Wahad Saadi said.

“We announce from this place in central Golan district that it has been cleaned by the counter terrorism service and we convey the good news to the Iraqi people that the battle of Fallujah is over,” Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi told state TV.

Earlier in the day Lieutenant General of the Iraqi army told AFP:

“I can say that more than 80 percent [of the city] is controlled by our forces,”

Military confrontations in Fallujah are ongoing as Iraqi army forces have made great strides against remaining Daesh terrorists in the city and have retaken control of 80 percent of the city.Fallujah, located some 42 miles west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, is one of the largest cities in the Anbar province. Daesh has been in control of the city since 2014.

Iraqi Forces Liberate More Than Half of Fallujah

A soldier from Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces looks from the gun turret of a Humvee as troops gather on the edge of the Shuhada neighborhood in Islamic State-held Fallujah, Iraq

 

Iraqi Security Forces have liberated more than half of Fallujah from Daesh terrorist group, Operation Inherent Resolve deputy commander Doug Chalmers said on Thursday.

Chalmers said three factors have contributed to the faster pace of the operation: better coordination of Iraqi forces, increased confidence of those involved in the offensive, and experience of the security forces in dealing with Daesh.”They are well over half way through and now very firm in the northern parts of the city,” Chalmers stated in a briefing.

The deputy commander, who is also a member of the British Army, added that the Iraqi military still has got “a while to go.”

“But still it is going to be far quicker than we probably had estimated a couple of weeks ago,” he added.

Fallujah, located some 42 miles west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, is one of the largest cities in the Anbar province. Daesh has been in control of the city since 2014.

Iraqi Forces Take Control Over Railroad North of Fallujah

Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Friday, June 3, 2016

 

Iraqi forces have taken control over a railway line in the northern part of the Fallujah city, most part of which was earlier liberated from Daesh, a commander of the Baghdad Operations Command said Monday.

On June 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi announced that the Iraqi security forces had regained control over most part of the city of Fallujah from IS militants, who continued to maintain resistance in the north of the city.

“The military have managed to liberate a railway line in the norther part of Fallujah. They continue liberating the rest city’s districts from IS militants,” Abdul Amir Shammari, the commander of Baghdad Operations Command, told the Al Sumaria television broadcaster.

Fallujah, located some 42 miles west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, is one of the largest cities in the Anbar province. The IS, outlawed in many countries including Russia, has been in control of the city since 2014.

Iraq Arrests 500 Daesh Suspects Trying to Sneak Out of Fallujah

Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Daesh militants in Iraq, Friday, June 3, 2016

Hundreds of Daesh extremists attempted to take advantage of the ongoing evacuation of the besieged city of Fallujah by blending in with fleeing civilians.

More than 500 alleged Daesh terrorists have been arrested by Iraqi forces as they tried to flee Fallujah, one of the terrorist group’s strongholds in the western Anbar province, Daily Sabah reported.

According to police in the Anbar province, extremists tried to leave besieged Fallujah by using fake IDs.

“We have arrested 546 suspected terrorists who had fled by taking advantage of the movements of displaced families over the past two weeks,” said Hadi Rzayej, the police chief for Anbar province.

“Daesh (IS) is fleeing among the civilians, we have arrested many and are investigating the suspects,” said Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, the commander in charge of the operation to recapture Fallujah.

There are estimated to still be 1,000-2,000 Daesh members at the scene of fighting. Government forces are thoroughly screening the fleeing civilians, separating teenagers and adults.

Fallujah, located about 65 kilometers to the west of Baghdad, was seized by Daesh in the beginning of 2014. On May 23, 2016, the country’s authorities announced the start of an operation to liberate the city.

On June 11 the Iraqi Army opened a safe corridor on the southwest of the city, allowing thousands of civilians seek shelter from the fighting. UN deputy representative to Iraq Lise Grande said Monday that over 7,000 people reached displacement camps, organized by the government of Iraq.

According to al-Saadi, it is problematic for Daesh fighters to escape Fallujah, which is almost completely cut off from the rest of its self-imposed caliphate.