Iraq vs. ISIS: Battling For Fallujah, Again [VIDEO]

Iraq vs. ISIS: Battling For Fallujah, Again [VIDEO]

It’s deja vu all over again. One more time, Fallujah is the scene of the battle, and this time, it’s the Iraqi forces trying to take the city back from ISIS.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address on Sunday night.

Iraqi forces are “approaching a moment of great victory” against the Islamic State group, said al-Abadi, who was surrounded by top military commanders from the Ministry of Defense and the country’s elite counterterrorism forces.

However, Iraqi forces are expected to face a complicated fight to push IS out of Fallujah, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, and has been under the militants’ control for more than two years.

If the Iraqi forces can successfully throw ISIS out of Fallujah, it would be a very good thing for them – and for us, after so much American blood has been shed there. And the coalition has been helping out with airstrikes.

Al-Abadi’s announcement comes at a time when Iraqi ground forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air support are gaining territory against IS, most recently in Iraq’s vast western Anbar province.

Last week. Iraqi forces pushed IS out of the western town of Rutba, located 240 miles (380 kilometers) west of Baghdad, on the edge of Anbar province. Last month, Iraqi forces cleared territory along Anbar’s Euphrates river valley after the provincial capital Ramadi was declared fully liberated earlier this year.

And Iraq looks like it really means business.

Here’s to their success, and to Islamic State’s defeat.

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