Iraq’s Prime Minister has announced the beginning of a military operation to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Fallujah.
Haider al Abadi said on his official Twitter feed: “Zero hour for the liberation of Fallujah has arrived.
“The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh (IS) has no choice but to flee.”
He also posted a photo of himself surrounded by the country’s military commanders.
In a statement, he added: “The Iraqi flag will be raised high over the land of Fallujah.”