Iraq has taken back full control of Fallujah after a MONTH long battle with the terrorist organization. Excellent news!
Iraqi forces celebrated on Sunday as they took control of the last district in Fallujah that remained in the hands of the Islamic State five weeks after the launch of a military offensive to recapture the key city that is 40 miles from Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave a televised speech from Fallujah to celebrate the victory, making it clear the next target was Mosul, which is the last big city controlled by ISIS. “This Iraqi flag is flying in Fallujah,” he said. “God willing, soon it will be flying in Mosul.”
A spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition fighting against ISIS seemed to suggest that there was still a bit of fighting left to take full control of the city. “Iraqi military leaders have announced the full liberation of Fallujah today,” said Col. Christopher Garver. “The coalition continues to provide support through strikes, intelligence, and advice and assistance to the Iraqi Security Forces operating in Fallujah and will continue to do so through deliberate clearing operations.”