The following is an excerpt from rt.com | May 22, 2016 |
The Iraqi Army is preparing to retake the besieged city of Fallujah from Islamic state militants, officials said, calling on all civilians to flee the area via secured routes.
“The citizens who are still in Fallujah [should] be prepared to leave the city through secured routes that will be announced later,” Iraqi army said in a statement released on Facebook.
Those families who cannot leave the besieged city should raise white flags to mark their location in the city, the army added.
Khaled al-Obaidi, the Iraqi defense minister, confirmed to RT Arabic that the Iraqi army is planning to retake Fallujah, an ISIS stronghold.
Obaidi said that one of the primary tactics of Islamic state militants is destruction of infrastructure, adding the extremists may blow up bridges in some cities to frustrate Iraqi army efforts.
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