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IS gone but some Fallujans shun return to 'cursed city'

- When her five-year-old son asked her to kill him because he was too hungry, Umm Issam knew she would never come back to Fallujah if she was able to leave.

Iraq PM visits Fallujah, urges Iraqis to celebrate victory

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged all Iraqis to celebrate the recapture of Fallujah Sunday by the security forces and vowed the national flag would be raised in Mosul soon.

Iraq forces 'control over 80% of Fallujah'

Fallujah - Iraqi forces have retaken more than 80 percent of Fallujah from the Islamic State group, the commander of the month-long offensive on the jihadist bastion said Thursday.

Families from Iraq's Fallujah flee one hell to find another

Fallujah - They fled starvation and jihadist tyranny in Fallujah for the safety of displacement camps but thousands of Iraqi families still have nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep."The government told us to leave our homes, so we did.

Iraq PM says only 'small pockets' of IS remain in Fallujah

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday said the security forces had retaken most of Fallujah from the Islamic State group and that only small pockets of jihadists remained."We promised you the liberation of Fallujah and we retook it.

Iraq forces retake central Fallujah from IS

Baghdad - Iraqi forces raised the national flag over the government compound in Fallujah on Friday, top commanders said, a breakthrough in the nearly four-week-old offensive against the Islamic State group's bastion.

Iraq's Fallujah faces 'disaster', NGO warns

Oslo - Under fire and nearing starvation, thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped in the jihadist bastion of Fallujah face a "humanitarian disaster", a prominent Norwegian NGO said Thursday.

Despair grows in Iraq camps over hundreds of missing men

- When Iraqi officials and top brass visited this displacement camp south of jihadist-held Fallujah, distressed residents swarmed around them asking the same question: "Where are our sons?

Safe corridor allows 4,000 to flee Iraq's Fallujah

Baghdad - The Iraqi army has established a safe corridor that has allowed 4,000 Fallujah residents to flee the jihadist-held city in 24 hours, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Sunday.

IS kills 18 civilians trying to flee Fallujah

Baghdad - Fighters from the Islamic State group killed at least 18 members of two families as they attempted to flee the besieged jihadist bastion of Fallujah, relatives said on Sunday.

How one family escaped Iraq's besieged Fallujah

Baghdad - Abu Marwan, his wife and his three children are among the very few Iraqi civilians to have escaped from the heart of the Islamic State group's besieged stronghold of Fallujah.

Iraqi forces seize part of southern Fallujah from IS

Baghdad - Iraqi government forces fighting to retake Fallujah from the Islamic State group seized a southern neighbourhood of the city on Wednesday, officials said.

Fallujah liberation 'days' away: Commander

Baghdad - The commander of Iraq's operation to retake Fallujah from the Islamic State group said Tuesday victory was days away, but progress had been slowed by huge numbers of bombs and traps.

Civilians die trying to flee Iraq's besieged Fallujah

- Civilians desperate to flee Fallujah were having to dodge sniper fire from the Islamic State group, which was keen to keep its "human shields" inside the city as Iraqi forces closed in Monday.

Militias may move in to Fallujah if fight drags on

Baghdad - An Iraqi paramilitary organisation dominated by Tehran-backed militias is willing to send forces into Fallujah if efforts to retake the city are too slow, its top commander said on Sunday.

Iraq forces gain ground from IS west of Fallujah

- Iraqi forces gained new ground from the Islamic State group Saturday in a key area west of the jihadist bastion of Fallujah, security sources said.

Five facts about life in besieged, IS-held Fallujah

Baghdad - Around 50,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in Fallujah, impeding an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the city from the Islamic State group.

At least 20,000 children trapped in Iraq's Fallujah: UN

Baghdad - At least 20,000 children are trapped in jihadist bastion Fallujah under siege by Iraqi forces and face shortages and forced recruitment as fighters, the UN Children's Fund said on Wednesday.

Starving Iraqis risk all to flee IS's crumbling rule

- Eight hands stretch towards the aluminium plate -- it's the first meal of rice this Iraqi family who just escaped jihadist rule in the Fallujah area has had in two years.

Iraq elite forces take position around Fallujah

Baghdad - Iraq's counter-terrorism forces deployed on the edge of Fallujah Saturday for the first time since an operation was launched to retake the jihadist-held city, top commanders said.

U.S. strikes kill Fallujah's IS commander, dozens more fighters: Coalition

Washington - US-led coalition air and artillery strikes have killed 70 Islamic State fighters in Fallujah, including the jihadists' leader in the Iraqi city, a military spokesman said Friday.

Dire conditions for civilians trapped in Iraq's Fallujah: UN

Baghdad - Only 800 people have been able to flee Fallujah since Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to retake the city, the United Nations said in a statement released Thursday.

Forces fighting for Iraq's Fallujah

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the start of a long-awaited operation to retake Fallujah, one of two cities in the country still held by the Islamic State group.

Iraq says its forces preparing for Fallujah battle

Baghdad - Iraqi forces are heading to Fallujah to launch a long-awaited operation to retake the city from the Islamic State jihadist group, the prime minister's spokesman announced on Sunday.

Iraqi tribesmen battle IS inside Fallujah for second day

Baghdad - Iraqi tribesmen battled Islamic State group militants inside their Fallujah stronghold for a second day Saturday, a significant challenge to longstanding jihadist control that may be undermined by a lack of supplies.

Iraq tribesmen clash with jihadists inside IS-held Fallujah

Baghdad - Deadly clashes erupted between Iraqi tribesmen and the Islamic State group inside jihadist bastion Fallujah on Friday, a sign their longstanding hold on the city west of Baghdad is weakening.

Op-Ed: U.S. may be returning to Fallujah and Haditha in Iraq

Fallujah - Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed to Reuters that he had met with U.S. diplomats as well as senior military officials to seek help in defeating IS forces who control almost all of the province.

ISIL are now deeply entrenched in Iraq's Mosul

In Mosul the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) are flexing their muscles. They are walking the streets and telling workers to get back to work a mere day after walking in and taking over Iraq's second biggest city.

In Iraq casualties from Fallujah clashes continue to rise

Fighting continues as the Iraqi Army tries to regain full control over the Anbar province capital Fallujah. According to the main hospital there some 366 people have lost their lives since this crisis began late last December.

Syria and Iraq dropping barrel bombs on their own cities

In the last couple of days the Syrian regime has continued to drop barrel bombs on opposition fighters in Aleppo. In neighboring Iraq the Maliki government is also using the same kind of weapon in Fallujah.
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