Iraqi forces retake gas plant south of Fallujah

Published June 6th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
A member of the Iraqi government forces monitors the front line near the village of al-Azraqiyah, northwest of the city of Fallujah, on June 5, 2016, during an operation to retake the area from Daesh. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
A member of the Iraqi government forces monitors the front line near the village of al-Azraqiyah, northwest of the city of Fallujah, on June 5, 2016, during an operation to retake the area from Daesh. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Iraqi security forces have retaken a gas plant located to the south of the strategic city of Fallujah, which is held by Daesh.

The gas plant in the al-Shuhada neighborhood in southern Fallujah was recaptured from the militants on Monday, Iraqi media reported.

The operation was part of a broader offensive, launched last month, by Iraqi government and volunteer forces to retake Fallujah, 40 miles west of the capital, Baghdad.

Daesh overran Fallujah in the western province of Anbar in January 2014, six months before the militant group proceeded with its offensive, taking more areas in Iraq.

The military has set up safe corridors for the civilians to get out before forces enter the city.

However, the Daesh militants are trying to prevent people from leaving Fallujah, sometimes even shooting departing individuals to death.

Reports said Monday that the city’s southern edge has been secured.

Earlier, the head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, announced that 47 villages near Fallujah had been liberated.


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