Iraq: Smoke rises over Fallujah as army moves towards IS stronghold

Smoke filled the Fallujah skyline, reportedly as a result of US-led coalition airstrikes, allowing the Iraqi Army and supporting militias to move closer to positions of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The operation is part of a continued effort to dispel the militant group from the strategic city.
Fallujah is located 65 kilometres (40 miles) west of Baghdad and was seized by IS militants in early 2014 ahead of the group's major offensive in Iraq.
Previous attempts to liberate the city have failed; however the Iraqi Army's current offensive, which includes an estimated 5,000 troops and is backed by air support from the US-led coalition, has gained significant ground over the last week.

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