: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Iraqi army `begins operation to storm` ISIL-held Falluja

Iraqi government forces are keeping up the pressure on ISIL – beginning a major operation on Monday to storm the militant stronghold of Falluja, reports say, according to Euronews.
According to a report by AFP quoting army commanders, Iraqi forces have entered the city, which was one of the first in Iraq to fall to the militant group in 2014, as reported by Euronews.
Reuters quotes a military officer as saying the Iraqi army has begun an operation on Monday to storm Falluja, and that a military unit was trying to advance in the city, which lies some 50 kilometers from Baghdad.
Explosions and gunfire could be heard in Falluja`s southern Naimiya district.
Iraqi government began a major push to recapture the city on May 23.


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