Iraq forces liberate city near Fallujah from Daesh
Security forces in Iraq have liberated a city in the western Anbar Province from the Daesh terrorist group in their first major advance since the onset of an offensive to retake the nearby city of Fallujah.
The forces on Monday pushed the Takfiri terror group out of al-Karmah, 13 km (eight miles) to the east of Fallujah, raising the Iraqi flag over its major buildings, Iraq’s Alsumaria television reported.
General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, who commands Operation Break Terrorism aimed at retaking Fallujah, said regular Iraqi security forces and Popular Mobilization (Hashid al-Shaabi) units took part in the liberation.
The commander said dozens of Daesh members were killed in the operation, adding sappers are now clearing the city of mines and bombs “which may have been planted in pathways or houses.”
The military considers al-Karmah as the bridgehead for liberation of Fallujah.