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Video: On the front line with Iraqi forces battling IS group for city of Fallujah

© FRANCE 24 (screengrab) | Iraqi soldiers are launching an offensive to take back the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group

Video by James ANDRE , Amar Mohammed Sahib AL HAMEEDAWI , Khalil BECHIR

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-03-03

After more than two years in the hands of the Islamic State (IS) group, Iraqi forces are now launching a major push to take back the city of Fallujah.

Located 50 kilometres west of Baghdad, Fallujah was captured by the jihadist organisation in January 2014 and has been under its control ever since. But Iraqi government forces, backed by Sunni volunteers, have now encircled the city and are gaining ground against the IS group fighters.

Their goal is to cut the jihadists off and force them into defensive positions ahead of a final assault to take the city back.

FRANCE 24 reporters James Andre, Amar al Hameedawi and Khalil Bechir joined the soldiers on the front lines as the decisive battle for Fallujah got underway.

Click on the player above for FRANCE 24’s special report.

Date created : 2016-03-03

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