Fallujah

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.

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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.

Iraqis who fled the violence in their village of Saqlawiyah, north west of Fallujah, wait to receive food and aid at a military point outside their village, on June 3, 2016. Iraqi forces launched an offensive a week ago to recapture Fallujah, which became an Islamic State group stronghold after …

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.

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