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Iraq Deploys at Least 20,000 Troops to Fight Daesh in Fallujah

© AFP 2022 / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEVolunteer Shiite fighters who supports the Iraqi government forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group, hold a black Islamist flag allegedly belonging to IS militants in the village of Fadhiliyah, which pro-government forces retook from IS control the previous month, on the road leading to Fallujah, in Iraq's flashpoint Anbar province, southwest of Baghdad, on February 24, 2015.
Volunteer Shiite fighters who supports the Iraqi government forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group, hold a black Islamist flag allegedly belonging to IS militants in the village of Fadhiliyah, which pro-government forces retook from IS control the previous month, on the road leading to Fallujah, in Iraq's flashpoint Anbar province, southwest of Baghdad, on February 24, 2015. - Sputnik International
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The Iraqi government deployed at least 20,000 troops to combat terrorists in Daesh-held western city of Fallujah, Iraqi television reported Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Simultaneously, the Iraqi armed forces issued a warning to the city’s civilian population to flee the city as soldiers prepared an operation to reclaim Fallujah.

"Twenty-thousand soldiers of the federal police forces as well as military vehicles and artillerymen arrived in the vicinity of Fallujah today and are preparing to attack," Federal Police Chief Raed Shaker Jawdat said as quoted by Iraq’s Alsumaria broadcaster.

Iraqi security forces ride in vehicles travelling to Mosul to fight against militants of Islamic State at an Iraqi army base in Camp Taji in Baghdad, February 21, 2016 - Sputnik International
Offensive Coming? Iraqi Army Warns Daesh-Held Fallujah Residents to Flee
The outlet added that government forces and allied militia had cut off terrorist communication routes ahead of the offensive, while aviation units struck Daesh positions.

Fallujah, in the western Anbar province, has been under Daesh's control since 2014. Reports emerged recently that militants of the terrorist group began killing residents attempting to leave the city..

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