DEGRADE AND DESTROY

Iraqi Forces Begin Fallujah Liberation

Iraqi military forces have commenced an operation to retake Fallujah, an ISIS stronghold in the country. Military operations began early Monday, just a few days after about 760 residents fled the region. “With God’s blessing we have launched the third phase of the operation to storm the center of Falluja city—by our heroes in the counter-terrorism forces, units of the Iraqi army and Anbar police,” a military spokesman said on Iraqi state TV. Shi'ite military forces and a U.S.-led air coalition are joining the effort.