BAGHDAD, IRAQ: Iraqi forces retook the main government compound in the centre of the jihadist bastion of Fallujah from the ISIS group on Friday, top commanders said.
“The counter-terrorism service and the rapid response forces have retaken the government compound in the centre of Fallujah,” the operation’s overall commander, Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, told AFP.
Raed Shaker Jawdat, Iraq’s federal police chief, confirmed the advance, which marks a significant step in the nearly four-week-old offensive to retake the city.
“The liberation of the government compound, which is the main landmark in the city, symbolises the restoration of the state’s authority” in Fallujah, he said.
Both commanders said their forces had met limited resistance from ISIS fighters during the push into the city centre.
The government lost control of Fallujah in 2014, months before ISIS took second city Mosul and swept across large parts of the country.