VIDEO: The Real and Final Battle of Fallujah to Start Soon
Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces secured the southern edge of Fallujah and pushed into the city itself on Wednesday.
Under heavy counter-attacks, Iraqi troops swept east across Fallujah’s southern Shuhada neighbourhood. The militant group launched mortars and rockets on Iraqi forces.
The operation to retake Fallujah has involved tens of thousands of government fighters, including from the police, army, counter-terrorism service and from the Hashed Al Shaabi, a paramilitary umbrella that is dominated by Shiite fighters.