Baghdad Magnified Gains in Fallujah; 49 Killed in Iraq

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Baghdad Magnified Gains in Fallujah; 49 Killed in Iraq

Although the Iraqi government declared Fallujah
liberated last Friday, heavy fighting with Islamic State forces has continued
for days. The government now claims that 80 percent of the city is under their
control. However, Colonel Christopher Garver, a U.S. commander in
Baghdad, said
on Tuesday that Iraqi forces have only occupied about 30 percent of the city.

According to a senior Iraqi commander, Lt. General
Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, ISIS lost about 2,500
members during the fighting in Fallujah. This figure has not been independently
confirmed. No solid numbers on security casualties has been released.

A dramatic change in tactics was noted on Friday, when
militants allowed
tens of thousands of civilians to leave the city.

At least 49 were killed and 48 more were wounded:

Five
Shi’ite militiamen were killed and 35 were wounded
in a suicide
attack
in Dour.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed
two Sahwa members and wounded five more
.

A sniper in Zankura killed
an army commander
.

Although Shi’ite militiamen are not supposed to be in Fallujah
proper, a bomb injured
a media officer
with the Hashd al-Shaabi during a search operation in a
central district.

In Fallujah, an airstrike killed
14 militants
.

A strike killed
ten militants
in Doulab.

Five
militants were killed and seven were wounded
during operations in Diyala
province.

An airstrike near Sharqat killed
a militant official
. Battles left 10
militants dead
.

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