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Anbar Province : Iraq launches large-scale offensive in Falluja
Anbar Province : Iraq launches large-scale offensive in Falluja

Anbar Province : Iraq launches large-scale offensive in Falluja

The Iraqi army, backed by the air force, carried out two operations targeting militants in Anbar province, the Baghdad military operations command said Thursday (May 8th).

The ongoing operations were launched by Iraqi army troops, anti- terrorism forces and interior ministry forces and in cooperation with tribal leaders in Anbar province, the Iraqi defense ministry said in a statement.

Dozens of members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaida breakaway group in Iraq, were killed in the operations that aimed at expelling militants from Fallujah, the statement said.

A local police source said the Iraqi forces launched the offensive around Fallujah from all four directions supported by heavy bombardment of some areas where militants were supposed to be operating.

Many people who had been staying in Fallujah seemed to leave the city as random artillery and mortar shelling struck many districts in the city since the mid-night until Friday morning, killing 9 civilians and wounding 28 others, the source said.

The shelling caused material damage to a number of houses, including Al-kulafaa Mosque in the central part of Fallujah, he added.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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