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Iran Press TV

Iraqi volunteer forces push Daesh out of villages near Fallujah

Iran Press TV

Tue May 24, 2016 3:13PM

Fighters with Iraq's Badr Organization have managed to liberate six villages from the grip of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group east of the city of Fallujah.

The Iraqi forces wrested control over the villages of Jamilah and Boudah, which lie between the cities of al-Karmah and Fallujah, Iraq's al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported on Tuesday.

They also cleared the villages of mines left by retreating Daesh militants.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi federal police reported the recapturing of three other villages in the eastern entrance to Fallujah, where three Daesh vehicles were also destroyed.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iraqi Federal Police Forces Commander Major General Shaker announced the liberation of another village in the eastern entrance to the embattled city, located west of Baghdad.

On Monday, the Iraqi military and allied volunteer fighters launched a major offensive to retake Fallujah in the western Anbar Province.

Fallujah is almost completely surrounded by Iraqi troops, who have regained significant ground in Anbar Province in recent months, including its capital Ramadi.

About 100,000 civilians are estimated to be in Fallujah which, in January 2014, became the first Iraqi city to be captured by Daesh extremists.

Earlier this month, Iraq's government spokesman, Saad al-Hadithi, said the Daesh-controlled areas in the conflict-ridden country have significantly decreased to only 14 percent, compared to almost triple that number recorded two years ago.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh launched an offensive in the Arab state two years ago.

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