Fight for Fallujah: Iraqi forces launch operation to storm city

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An Iraqi Shi'ite fighter fires artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja

Alastair Jamieson – May 29, 2016

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Local ground forces backed by U.S.-led military aircraft launched an operation Monday to storm the ISIS stronghold of Fallujah, officials told NBC News.

The advance marks the latest in a series of attempts to dislodge ISIS militants who have controlled Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, for more than two years.

An Iraqi military spokesman said an operation to retake the center of the city began at 5 a.m. Monday local time (10 p.m. Sunday ET).