Iraqi forces entered the terrorist Daesh [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist “ISIS/”ISIL” group] bastion of Fallujah from three directions on Monday in a new phase of the operation to recapture the city, commanders said.
“Iraqi forces entered Fallujah under air cover from the international coalition, the Iraqi air force and army aviation and supported by artillery and tanks, said Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, the commander in charge of the operation.
He further added: “Counter-terrorism service [CTS] forces, the Anbar police and the Iraqi army, at around 4 am (0100 GMT), started moving into Fallujah from three directions.” “There is resistance from Daesh,” he added. CTS spokesman Sabah al-Norman stated that: “We started early this morning our operations to break into Fallujah.”
The involvement of the elite CTS marks the start of a phase of urban combat in a city where US forces in 2004 fought some of their toughest battles since the Vietnam War.
The week-old operation had previously focused on retaking villages and rural areas around Fallujah, which lies just 50 kilometers west of Baghdad.
Source: Al-Ahed news