Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address late Sunday night. Iraqi forces are “approaching a moment of great victory”

against the Islamic State group, said al-Abadi, who was surrounded by top military commanders from the Ministry of Defense and the country’s elite counterterrorism forces. Fallujah is about 40 miles west of Baghdad and has been under the control of IS for more than two years. READ MORE