(From AFP)

Iraqi forces retook the main government compound in Fallujah on Friday, top commanders said, a breakthrough in the nearly four-week-old offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group’s bastion.

Iraqi counter terrorism forces are pictured in Fallujah's southern Shuhada neighbourhood during an operation to retake the area from the Islamic State (IS) group on June 16
Iraqi counter-terrorism forces enter Fallujah’s southern Shuhada neighborhood to retake the area from the Islamic State

The elite federal forces met limited resistance from IS fighters, who are redeploying on the western outskirts of the city, the commanders said.

“The counter-terrorism service and the rapid response forces have retaken the government compound in the center of Fallujah,” the operation’s overall commander, Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, said.

Raed Shaker Jawdat, Iraq’s federal police chief, confirmed the advance. Read More

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