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Setbacks Seen for Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Libya

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria converged from three sides on an Islamic State stronghold near the Turkish border Thursday, while Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Fallujah, one of the last bastions of the militant group in western Iraq.

The Iraqis of Fallujah: Stuck Between the Islamic State and Rogue Shiite Militias

Iraqis are once again paying for political ambitions and miscalculations made on their behalf by foreign and domestic governments. After the pullout of the U.S. that led to the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Iraqi government hasn’t pulled it together to fight the enemy it was left with. The ongoing battle for Fallujah to rid it of ISIS underscores this need.

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WSJ: Iraqi Forces Halt Advance Into Fallujah

BAGHDAD—Iraqi special forces on Fallujah’s southern outskirts have halted offensive operations against Islamic State on that front, army and police officials said Thursday, as authorities struggled over how to evacuate and protect civilians being held as human shields by the extremist group.

Iraq, Amriyat al-Fallujah : Displaced Iraqi boys stand on May 29, 2016 in front of a tent at a newly-opened camp in the government-held town of Amriyat al-Fallujah 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Baghdad, which was set up to shelter people fleeing violence around the city of Fallujah. The Norwegian Refugee Council, which runs the camp in Amriyat al-Fallujah, says around 3,000 people have managed to flee the area and reach displacement camps since Iraqi forces launched an operation against the Islamic State a week ago. The biggest wave of arrivals so far was Saturday night and included mostly exhausted and hungry women and children. / AFP PHOTO / Jean Marc MOJON

UN: At Least 20,000 Children Trapped in Iraqi City of Fallujah

At least 20,000 children remain inside Fallujah, facing food and water shortages in addition to the extreme violence that has erupted as Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S. military and Iran-allied Shiite militias, fight to retake the Iraqi city from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reveals a component of the United Nations.