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    In this Tuesday, June 14, 2016 photo, smoke rises after an airstrike by a US-led coalition warplane as Iraqi security forces advance their position during heavy fighting against Islamic State militants in Fallujah, Iraq

    Iraqi Army Claims Fallujah Fully Liberated From Daesh Occupation

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    Commander leading Iraqi operation against Daesh in Fallujah declares the city "fully liberated," according to AP.

    The operation "is done and the city is fully liberated," Abdul-Wahad Saadi said.

    "We announce from this place in central Golan district that it has been cleaned by the counter terrorism service and we convey the good news to the Iraqi people that the battle of Fallujah is over," Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi told state TV. 

    Earlier in the day Lieutenant General of the Iraqi army told AFP:

    "I can say that more than 80 percent [of the city] is controlled by our forces,"

    Military confrontations in Fallujah are ongoing as Iraqi army forces have made great strides against remaining Daesh terrorists in the city and have retaken control of 80 percent of the city.   

    Fallujah, located some 42 miles west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, is one of the largest cities in the Anbar province. Daesh has been in control of the city since 2014.    

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