Iraqi PM warns of IS retaliation after Fallujah victory
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Tuesday that Islamic State (IS) militants could launch retaliatory attacks in the country after security forces declared victory over the terror group in Fallujah, NRT reported.

Abadi urged for unity among the country’s political factions against the IS to prevent militants from taking advantage of discord and called on security forces and civilians to be vigilant in the wake of the battle for Fallujah.

The PM praised sacrifices made by Iraq’s armed forces and noted IS’ quick defeat in the nearly month-long operation that killed scores of fighters to secure the city.

 “Attempts are underway to reopen Fallujah hospital and surgery operations halls to offer their services and work to re-program the displaced and defuse explosives set by Daesh (IS) in residential neighborhoods,” Abadi said.

Iraqi forces took full control of Fallujah from IS on June 26, more than two years since the city fell to militants in early 2014 as part of the group’s rampage across Iraq and neighboring Syria.

At least 1,800 IS militants were killed in operations that began May 23, according to Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, commander of the Fallujah operations.

 

News Code: 13585  |  Date: 2016/06/29  |  Time: 13 : 20

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