Iraqi army recaptures territory from Daesh around Fallujah

Published May 5th, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
Iraqi soldiers re-group on the front line against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists near Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, on May 3, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)
Iraqi soldiers re-group on the front line against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists near Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, on May 3, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)

Iraqi army forces have recaptured five areas in the western city of Fallujah from Daesh, a top Iraqi official told Anadolu Agency. 

“Iraqi forces and tribal fighters have liberated five areas [in Fallujah] from Daesh and imposed their control over them,” Anbar Operations Commander Major-General Ismail Mahlawi said.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi army, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, launched an offensive to regain control of Fallujah in Anbar province.

Mahlawi said more than 130 Daesh militants were killed since the offensive was launched.

He said an army commander was killed on Thursday when Daesh attacked an Iraqi force with mortars. Four army officers were also killed and eight soldiers were injured in clashes with Daesh on Wednesday.

Iraq has been dogged by rampant insecurity since 2014, when Daesh overran Mosul and declared a self-styled “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria.


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