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    Iraqi Authorities Release 16,000 Fallujah Residents Cleared of Daesh Links

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    The Iraqi authorities have released about 16,000 Fallujah residents after checking their potential ties with the Daesh terrorist group, Arabic media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the Al Arabiya television broadcaster, some of the detained people earlier said that they had been abused by the Shiite militiamen, who participated in the liberation of Fallujah from Daesh.

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

    On June 26, the Iraqi army commander heading the counter-terrorism operation in Fallujah said that the city had been fully liberated from the Daesh group, banned in Russia.

    Earlier it was reported that during the operation about 70,000 residents had escaped Fallujah.

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