As per reports, Iraqi government forces have retaken most of the city of Falluja from Islamic State militants, who were holding the area since 2014.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter stated that still some fighting needs to be done in a few areas, as the city is not completely freed from IS control yet. However, Prime Minister of Iraq hailed the day as ‘liberation’.
As per a senior spokesperson, he expects that IS to "suffer a total breakdown during the next hours".
Lt Gen Abdul Ameer al-Shammari said, "The enemy is collapsing. They have lost control of their fighters. They are on the run now."
Brig Haider al-Obedi, special force commander, stated that 80% of the city has been controlled by government forces. Iraqi army officials said they would attempt to allow the IS militants a path out of the city to avoid heavy fighting in built-up areas.
Falluja, only 50km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, has been held by IS for longer than any other city in Iraq or Syria. The militants captured the city in January 2014.