Iraqi Forces Move Into Ouskirts Of Isis-Held Fallujah

Iraqi Forces Move Into Ouskirts Of Isis-Held Fallujah

Iraqi government forces backed by Shia militiamen pressed into the outskirts of Fallujah on Thursday (June 2) in an attempt to recapture the city from Islamic State militants (ISIS).

Explosions were heard and clouds of smoke could be seen rising into the sky as Iraqi forces moved into Saqlawiyah district, on the northwestern outskirts of the city west of Baghdad.

The Iraqi government, backed by world powers including the United States and Iran, has vowed to win back the first major Iraqi city that fell to ISIS in 2014.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Abadi first announced plans to assault Fallujah 10 days ago. But with 50,000 civilians still believed trapped inside the city, the United Nations has warned that militants are holding hundreds of families in the center as human shields.