At least 15 dead, 40 wounded in Fallujah after night of govt shelling, clashes
Iraq's security forces were able to regain control of Ramadi that was previously under control of anti-government fighters earlier this year (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
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At least 15 people have been killed in government shelling in Iraq's Fallujah, according to Agence France Presse.
Government security forces implemented the shelling campaign in its effort to regain control of the militant-held city.
Bijari tribe leader Mohammed Saleh told AFP, "After midnight, shelling first targeted several areas ... and clashes also happened."
Fallujah hospital's chief medic Ahmed Shami confirmed to AFP that the combination of government shelling and clashes between security and militant fighters has left 15 dead and at least 40 others wounded. It is not clear how many of the casualties were victim to the shelling versus the clashes.
Government forces have been shelling Fallujah periodically since they lost control of the city earlier this year in what they have described as their effort to target anti-government fighters.
Other parts of the Anbar province, such as Ramadi, previously were under the control of anti-government fighters, but Baghdad was able to regain control of such areas--unlike Fallujah---earlier this year.
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