Friday, June 17, 2016

The Battle For Fallujah -- News Updates June 17, 2016

Reuters: Iraqi forces take Falluja government building from Islamic State: state TV

Iraqi forces on Friday entered the center of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there.

Government troops, supported by multiple air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition, recaptured the municipal building, though the ultra-hardline militants still controlled a significant portion of Falluja, an hour's drive west of Baghdad, and many streets and houses remain mined with explosives.

Federal police raised the Iraqi state flag above the government building and continued pursuing insurgents, according to a military statement. Hours later, a coalition spokesman said the advance was confirmed.

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WNU Editor: The Iraqi army seizes a government building .... and it is news around the world. Talk about a global PR campaign.

The Battle For Fallujah -- News Updates June 17, 2016

Iraqi special forces enter center of IS-held Fallujah -- AP
IS conflict: Iraqi forces 'retake Falluja city hall' -- BBC
Iraqi Military Retakes Central Government Compound in Fallujah -- WSJ
Iraqi forces retake key compound in Islamic State-held Fallujah -- Washington Post
Iraqi forces take Fallujah government building from 'Islamic State' -- DW
Iraqi military claims to capture Fallujah center -- The Hill
Iraqi forces take government compound in Fallujah -- UPI
Iraq Retakes Parts of Central Fallujah From Islamic State -- Bloomberg
Iraqi forces seize center of Fallujah from Islamic State -- USA Today
Iraq 'retakes' main government building in Fallujah -- Al Jazeera
Iraqi forces seize government building in the heart of Fallujah -- FOX News
Iraqi Military Says Liberation of Fallujah From Daesh to Take a Few Days -- Sputnik
Iraqi forces enter center of Fallujah, retake govt compound from IS – state TV -- RT

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