Iraqi PM announces start of operation to retake Falluja

By REUTERS
May 23, 2016 01:19

 
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BAGHDAD, May 23 - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Monday the launching of a military operation to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja.

"Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no choice but to flee," he said on his official Twitter feed, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group.

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