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    Daesh’s resistance near the Iraq's city of Fallujah is likely to continue, because the area surrounding the city has served as a revenue source for the terrorists, according to US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesperson Col. Patrick Ryder.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The campaign of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to liberate the city of Fallujah has met intense resistance from the Daesh terror group, US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesperson Col. Patrick Ryder said in a Twitter message on Friday.

    "ISF have encountered heavy resistance from ISIL [Islamic State] forces using trenches and tunnels, IEDS [improvised explosive devices], suicide bombs, machine guns and small arms fires," Ryder tweeted.

    ​The spokesperson noted, however, that Fallujah has been further isolated and the Iraqi military is clearing the outskirts of the city.

    Ryder argued the Daesh’s resistance is likely to continue, because the area surrounding the city has served as a revenue source for the terrorists.

    In addition, the road networks in the Anbar province, where Fallujah is located, connect the territory held by the Islamic State terrorists.

    "As ISIL [Islamic State] fights to keep Fallujah, we can expect them to look for opportunities to distract and delay Iraqi forces," Ryder added.

    Fallujah is one of the last remaining strongholds for the Islamic State in Iraq, followed by Mosul, the country’s second largest city. It has become the first Iraqi city captured by the Islamic State in January 2014.

    The Islamic State, also known as Daesh in Arabic, is outlawed in many countries around the world, including the United States and Russia.


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