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    Iraqi Forces Liberate 27 Settlements Since Launch of Fallujah Offensive

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    The Iraqi forces and the local militias managed to liberate 27 villages and settlements including Saqlawia during the operation in the city of Fallujah, according to a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command.

    BAGHDAD (Sputnik) – The Iraqi forces and the local militias have liberated 27 settlements since the beginning of the anti-extremist operation in the city of Fallujah, a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command said.

    The Iraqi Army and militias, backed by US airstrikes, launched the offensive to retake Fallujah on May 22. The city has been under the control of the Daesh terrorist group since 2014. The group is outlawed in the United States and Russia.

    "The Federal police and the Popular Mobilization Forces managed to liberate 27 villages and settlements including Saqlawia. This region is very important because it was the first defense line of the terrorist organization approaching Fallujah. The Karmah region was also liberated, it was used by IS as a springboard for attacking military convoys and was a terrorist threat for the capital city of Baghdad," Yahya Rasul Zubaidi told RIA Novosti.

    Some of the Daesh militants, fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, are trying to leave the city under the guise of refugees, according to a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command.

    "As a matter of fact, today one of these drones registered terrorists getting changed in civilian clothing and throwing their clothes away. After this, they try to mix in with the locals and leave the city under the guise of refugees. However, we have exact data on terorrists located in the city," Yahya Rasul Zubaidi said.



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