Iraqi forces recaptured the municipal building in Falluja from Islamic State militants, the military said on Friday, nearly four weeks after the start of a US-backed offensive to retake the city an hour's drive west of Baghdad.
Fighters battling to retake Falluja from Islamic State said on Sunday they had the Iraqi city almost completely encircled, as civilians risked their lives trying to flee.
At least four people drowned and nine were missing after tr
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja after the military told residents to get ready to leave before fighting started.
"Zero hour for th
Iraq's military said on Sunday it was preparing to launch an offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja and told residents to get ready to leave before fighting started.
Families who could not flee should rais
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki vowed to eradicate Al Qaeda in Iraq and predicted victory as his army prepared to launch a major assault against the Sunni Islamist militants who have taken over parts of the city of Falluja.
The Iraqi army shelled the western city of Falluja with mortar bombs overnight to try to wrest back control from Sunni militants and tribesmen, killing at least eight people, tribal leaders and officials said on Saturday.